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Early Literacy - Talking

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Books are wonderful conversation starters.  Talking to your child and having them talk to you increases vocabulary and comprehension.  Check out these picture books that invite participation and wordless books that make you the storyteller!


Bow-Wow bugs a bug Cover
Mark Newgarden
Megan Montague Cash
A wordless picture book about a persistent terrier who spends a day following a bug through his neighborhood
E New
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? Cover
Bill Martin
Eric Carle
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them
E Mar
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Fortunately Cover
Remy Charlip
Good and bad luck accompany Ned from New York to Florida on his way to a surprise party
E Cha
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Good night, Gorilla Cover
Peggy Rathmann
An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo
E Rat
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Is your mama a llama? Cover
Deborah Guarino
Steven Kellogg
A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals
E Gua
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Jesse Bear, what will you wear? Cover
Nancy White Carlstrom
Bruce Degen
Rhymed text and illustrations describe Jesse Bear's activities from morning to bedtime
E Car
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Jump, frog, jump! Cover
Robert Kalan
Byron Barton
A cumulative tale in which a frog tries to catch a fly without getting caught itself
E Kal
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Millions of cats Cover
Wanda Gág
A lonely old couple decides to get a cat. Searching for the prettiest one out of a whole hillside filled with cats, the man comes home with "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats." When the cats fight about who is prettiest, only one is left
E Gag
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Miss Polly has a dolly Cover
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Elicia Castaldi
Rhyming tale of a sick dolly, the care she receives from her doctor and Miss Polly, and the treat she is offered when she becomes well
E Edw
Book
Nov 8, 2011
My little sister ate one hare Cover
Bill Grossman
Kevin Hawkes
Little sister has no problem eating one hare, two snakes, and three ants, but when she gets to ten peas, she throws up quite a mess
E Gro
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Rhyming dust bunnies Cover
Jan Thomas
As three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger
E Tho
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Sea of dreams Cover
Dennis Nolan
A wordless picture book featuring a sandcastle that takes on a life of its own
E Nol
Book
Nov 13, 2011
The jacket I wear in the snow Cover
Shirley Neitzel
Nancy Winslow Parker
A young girl names all the clothes that she must wear to play in the snow
E Nei
Book
Nov 8, 2011
The little red hen Cover
Paul Galdone
The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it
J 398.2 Lit
Book
Nov 8, 2011
The magic hat Cover
Mem Fox
Tricia Tusa
A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads
E Fox
Book
Nov 8, 2011
The napping house Cover
Audrey Wood
Don Wood
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite
E Woo
Book
Nov 8, 2011
The very hungry caterpillar Cover
Eric Carle
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep
E Car
Book
Nov 8, 2011
A boy, a dog, and a frog Cover
Mercer Mayer
E May
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Carl's masquerade Cover
Alexandra Day
Carl, a large dog, and the baby in his charge fit right in when they follow Mom and Dad to a PTA masquerade party
E Day
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Chalk Cover
Bill Thomson
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life
E Tho
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Flotsam Cover
David Wiesner
The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam
E Wie
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Free fall Cover
David Wiesner
A young boy dreams of daring adventures in the company of imaginary creatures inspired by the things surrounding his bed
E Wie
Book
Nov 8, 2011
The lion & the mouse Cover
Jerry Pinkney
Aesop
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle
J 398.2 Pin
Book
Nov 8, 2011
The snowman Cover
Raymond Briggs
When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside
E Bri
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Time flies Cover
Eric Rohmann
A wordless tale in which a bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit in a natural history museum has an unsettling experience when the dinosaur seems to come alive and view the bird as a potential meal
E Roh
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Truck Cover
Donald Crews
Follows the journey of a truck from loading to unloading
E Cre
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Wave Cover
Suzy Lee
A wordless picture book that shows a little girl's first experiences at the beach, as she goes from being afraid of the roaring waves to playing on the shore while gulls soar overhead
E Lee
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Welcome to the zoo Cover
Alison Jay
Small stories and details abound in this wordless picture book, inviting curious eyes to explore a zoo
E Jay
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Window Cover
Jeannie Baker
Chronicles the events and changes in a young boy's life and in his environment, from babyhood to grownup, through wordless scenes observed from the window of his room
E Bak
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Syndicate content
Mark Newgarden
Megan Montague Cash
E New
Audrey Wood
Don Wood
E Woo
Bill Martin
Eric Carle
E Mar
Eric Carle
E Car
Remy Charlip
E Cha
Mercer Mayer
E May
Peggy Rathmann
E Rat
Alexandra Day
E Day
Deborah Guarino
Steven Kellogg
E Gua
Bill Thomson
E Tho
Nancy White Carlstrom
Bruce Degen
E Car
David Wiesner
E Wie
Robert Kalan
Byron Barton
E Kal
David Wiesner
E Wie
Wanda Gág
E Gag
Jerry Pinkney
Aesop
J 398.2 Pin
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Elicia Castaldi
E Edw
Raymond Briggs
E Bri
Bill Grossman
Kevin Hawkes
E Gro
Eric Rohmann
E Roh
Jan Thomas
E Tho
Donald Crews
E Cre
Dennis Nolan
E Nol
Suzy Lee
E Lee
Shirley Neitzel
Nancy Winslow Parker
E Nei
Alison Jay
E Jay
Paul Galdone
J 398.2 Lit
Jeannie Baker
E Bak
Mem Fox
Tricia Tusa
E Fox