This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
Y - Books by author
Browse by author's last name:
A poor farmer’s youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father’s life.
When 4-year-old Janie's father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents' home on the Chesapeake Bay. Her cousin Michael tells her a secret which helps her understand her father's long absence.
The smallest daughter of the Chinese emperor saves her father’s life and throne.
This is a young Taino boy's story of how he tried to warn his people against welcoming the strangers (Columbus and his crews landing on San Salvador in 1492), who seemed more interested in golden ornaments than friendship.
A boy asks others how they felt when his grandfather died and then shares his own feelings.
A young girl describes the drowning of the Swift River communities in which she lived to create the Quabbin Reservoir to supply water for Boston.
When young Arthur is troubled by dreams, Merlin tells him a story about a fatherless boy who himself dreamed about dragons and the defeat of the evil king Vortigern.
An old neighbor lady takes a nightly walk around the block and when Mary Louise follows she discovers Miz Berlin is a repository of wonderful stories.
Caldecott Medal winner that spotlights the special relationship of father and daughter as they go out through the late winter night in search of an owl.
A scarecrow happily dances away from his post one windy night until a child's prayer teaches him how important he is to the farm.
Relates how an old man teaches the Emperor’s blind daughter to see.
"Let sleeping princesses lie, or lying princesses sleep..." is the moral of this variation of Sleeping Beauty.
From creatures that fly to those that crawl, explore the cycle of life in the Everglades through rhythmic text and tantalizing paintings.
Ten birds try to figure out how to get to the other side of the river. Although a bridge is in plain view each bird designs a different way to cross.
Introduces the Chinese Zodiac and relates how each of its twelve signs was named for an animal by the Jade Emperor.
Three children are left at home alone and are in danger from a clever wolf disguised as their Po Po (grandmother).
One by one, seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. Will they ever know the whole truth?
Ed Young explores twenty-six Chinese characters, each describing a feeling or emotion and containing the symbol for the heart, with stunning collage art.
A rollicking rhyming story in which most everyone in the family is upset when the farm animals get into the crops.
Briefly looks at the life of fire fighters at the station as well as fighting fires.