The San Antonio Public Library's Little Read Wagon early literacy training (for those who work with children five and younger) is fun, FREE, and always about early literacy! For the 2020-21 school year we will offer the workshop"More Mirrors, Windows and Doors: A workshop for early childhood educators." Click on the workshop title for registration information.
Barnyard Boogie! by Tim McCanna; Allison Black (Illustrator)The Barnyard Band is performing today. All the musicians are coming to play! Each animal musician knows what to do, but Cow can only moo! This charming book is a delightful read-aloud featuring funny musical sounds and a refrain children will love repeating. Tim McCanna's playful text will have children laughing, and Allison Black's energetic illustrations will make children want to get up and move. Barnyard Boogie!is full of rhyming--and nonsense--sounds that will enrich and delight.
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
Peek-A-Boo You! by Jane CabreraKids will love playing peek-a-boo with a little girl in this cute book! Peek-a-boo baby, peek-a-boo you! Kitty's playing peek-a-boo, why don't you play too? Join in the fun with curious Kitty and see who's hiding behind the cut-out holes. A pair of eyes peeks through each page as Kitty finds out what a little girl is doing, including trying on shoes, eating cookies, and holding her baby brother. The last spread reveals a mylar mirror! Kids will love playing peek-a-boo and revealing Jane Cabrera's adorable illustrations!
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
Show Me Happy by Kathryn Madeline Allen; Eric Futran (By (photographer))Show me happy. Show me helping. Show me sharing when we play. Show me NOISY, Show me quiet. Show me putting things away. From the team that created A Kiss Means I Love you, this new book of engaging photos will "show" early learners simple actions and concepts that all children learn as they begin to socialize and communicate. Lively, charming photos illustrate real kids doing common activities like helping and sharing or pushing and pulling. A perfect companion to the first book, Show Me Happy is a delightful read-aloud that will make any story time expressive and fun.
Publication Date: 2015-03-01
The Bus Is for Us by Michael Rosen; Gillian Tyler (Illustrator)Renowned author Michael Rosen offers a quintessential book for young children who love things that go. Small children take great delight in rides--whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. But best of all is taking the bus, because the bus is for everyone! Complemented by beautiful artwork from Gillian Tyler, this playful rhyming narrative by Michael Rosen will rev up little listeners to join right in.
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox; Jill Barton (Illustrator)These monkeys are on the move! A playful, rhyming picture book from an award-winning team. Two little monkeys playing near a tree, One named Cheeky, and one named Chee. Look out, Cheeky! Look out, Chee! Someone's prowling--who could it be? Can two clever monkeys outwit a hungry creature who's on the prowl for a tasty lunch? And just who is this hungry prowler? From bestselling picture book giants Mem Fox and Jill Barton, here is a sweet, surprise-filled story that's sure to have little ones everywhere leaping with delight!
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker“One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door. . . . Nine, ten, big fat hen!” “Baker uses an imaginative array of acrylic colors for his hens--greens, purples, and pinks to contrast with the warm, yellow straw background. There are lots of things to count, such as sticks, eggs, chicks, and hens. A fine choice for toddler story hours.”--School Library Journal
Publication Date: 1994-03-30
New Shoes by Chris Raschka (Illustrator)Two-time Caldecott Medalist and New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Chris Raschka pays tribute to one of the most quintessential events of childhood--getting new shoes--in this boldly illustrated and inspiring book for the youngest reader. When a young child discovers a hole in a sneaker, mother and child embark on a big childhood adventure--a trip to the store to pick out new shoes. From having feet measured and making a selection to finally showing off the new shoes to a friend, this momentous child moment is treated with respect, excitement, and page-turning energy in a wonderfully age-appropriate picture book. Caldecott Medalist and New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Chris Raschka joyfully captures the event from the child's point of view. New Shoes is a preschool classic in the making.
Publication Date: 2018-05-01
I Like the Farm by Shelley RotnerChildren share their love for farm animals in a hard-to-find Guided Reading Level A nonfiction reader from an award-winning photographer."I like the pig . . . I like the piglet." Simple, joyful text accompanies Shelley Rotner's vibrant and heartwarming photographs of children and animals on the farm. Young readers will learn to identify adult farm animals with their babies and will enjoy the children's looks of happiness and wonder at being close to creatures big and small.
Publication Date: 2017-08-15
Thank You, Bees by Toni Yuly (Illustrator)This gentle message of gratitude and connection, enhanced by beautifully simple collage illustrations, makes for a charming gift. Sun gives us light. Thank you, sun. Clouds bring the rain that makes puddles to splash in. Sheep give us wool for our sweaters and hats. The honey that sweetens our bread comes from bees (thank you, bees). With spare, repetitive text and bright, torn-paper collage artwork, this picture book gives even the youngest readers a subtle sense of how everyday things are related -- and inspires an appreciation for life's simple gifts.
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
I Can Run by Murray HeadA squirrel's antics and entertaining photographs enliven a book for the newest reader at Guided Reading Level A. I can run. I can hop. I can jump. A simple text for the newest readers and fascinating photographs follow a captivating squirrel as he runs just for fun--and also to escape a scary hawk.
Lunch by Denise Fleming (Illustrator)It's time for lunch, and one little mouse isfamished! In fact, he's so hungry that once he starts eating, he can't stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp whiteturnip, gobbles up someorangecarrots, devours an ear of yellow corn, then tosses back some tendergreen peas. He's full, but this mouse keeps on munching until his bulging belly won't hold another bite. Parents will see their own toddlers in this perky tale, and toddlers won't get enough of the gregarious little mouse. They'll proudly identify the colors of his (and their) favorite foods, and enjoy guessing what fruit or vegetable he'll eat next. Color-savvy readers are sure to spot the rainbow contained in the background pages-- and almost everyone will agree that this is one book about colors that makes the plain old primaries look positively pale! An ALA Notable Book
Publication Date: 1992-09-15
Five Little Ducks by Ivan Bates (Illustrator); Mary Gruetzke (Editor)When mother duck and her five fuzzy little ducklings venture out for a long walk, the ducklings wander off one by one in search of very special presents for their loving mother. Ivan Bates's beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the playful nature of this favorite children's song. "As an excellent storytime read, this will encourage children to quack along." - Kirkus Reviews
Publication Date: 2006-02-01
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane CabreraJane Cabrera has created a cozy rendition of a beloved song. In this picture book, a rosy-cheeked kitten and puppy come upon one delightful animal surprise after another as they paddle down a rain forest river. Sheet music, along with Cabrera's jaunty new verses, is included.
Publication Date: 2014-02-01
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Kate Dopirak; Mary Peterson (Illustrator)A little red car beeps good night to all of his four-wheeled friends in this fresh take on the classic song, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Twinkle, twinkle, little car, how you love to travel far. Now it's time to go to bed. But you want to drive instead. It's time for Little Car to go to sleep, but he isn't tired yet! So he cruises around town saying goodnight to all of his friends, from the tractors in their shed to the buses and taxis in town to the cranes and diggers at the construction site. Finally exhausted, Little Car putt-putts home where at last his beep-beep dreams begin.
Publication Date: 2018-02-13
Off We Go! by Jane Yolen; Laurel Molk (Illustrator)"Tip-toe, tippity toe Hip-hop, hippity hop Dig-deep, diggity deep Slither-slee, slithery slee Scritch-scratch, scritchity scratch Creep-crawl, creepity crawl" Join Little Mouse, Little Frog, Little Mole, Little Snake, and other baby critters as they creep, scritch, and slither their way to their respective Grandmas' houses. Jane Yolen, award-winning author of many books for young people, including Beneath the Ghost Moon: A Halloween Tale (also illustrated by Laurel Molk), has a knack for creating simple, magical tales of immense appeal to children. Molk's exquisite watercolors, with splashes of green following the frogs, and splotches of red-brown where the moles are digging, are full-page works of art. Young readers will want to climb right into the pages to slither with Little Snake and scritch-scratch with Little Duck. Subtle details, from the tiny flies evading Little Frog's tongue to the lichen-covered rocks under Little Spider's web, add plenty of visual interest to this charming read-aloud. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Do You See My Tail? by Anita Bijsterbosch (Illustrator)Guess who I am! The forest animals in this book only show their tails at first. Bushy tails, teeny tiny tails, round tails ... Do you know which animal is hiding behind the flap? And where the baby animals live? Find out! A sweet picture book in which little ones can guess which tail belongs to which animal. For toddlers ages 18 months and up, with a focus on the child's world.
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClureIn cut-paper artist Nikki McClure's latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers "how to be a cat"--how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast--while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten's attempts to imitate an adult cat's mastery of each skill. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the sometimes tender, sometimes stern relationship between parent and child, teacher and pupil. Cat lovers of all ages will connect to this loving portrayal of a mentor-student relationship. Praise for How to Be a Cat STARRED REVIEWS "Purrrrfect for beginning readers and little artists with an eye for fine cut-paper compositions and craftsmanship." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A delightful picture book in every way. Beginning with the paw-print endpapers, youngsters will know that they are in for an adventure. The simplicity and flow of page design are beautifully done as viewers follow a kitten and his mother as she teaches him basic feline behavior." --School Library Journal, starred review "McClure's cut-paper spreads can be mesmerizing." --Publishers Weekly "McClure wonderfully captures the shape and movement of the feline form, and kids will also enjoy pointing out the blue and white butterflies and the black-capped chickadee that also appear on several pages." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Perfect for cat lovers of all ages, the book helps us reconnect with memories of our own jouney of growth and learning." --Cat Fancy
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
Tuck Me In! by Sherry Scharschmidt (Illustrator); Dean HacohenWho needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals--and little readers--are cozy and ready for sleep in this irresistible bedtime ritual. (Ages 18 months-4) The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of goggle-eyed baby animals, bold patterns, and vibrant colors, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night.
Publication Date: 2010-09-14
Giddy-Up! Let's Ride! by Flora McDonnell (Illustrator)Flora McDonnell's joyful new rendition of an old rhyming game will inspire many a rousing ride on a bouncing knee. Trrrit-trrrot Rumpetta-trump Bang Bang Boom Boom Flora McDonnell takes the traditional This Is the Way the Ladies Ride and puts an exhilarating new spring in its step and an exotic new cast of riders at the reins. From the clown who bump-bumps to the knight who clank-clanks, the richly colored images in this beautiful book will spark many young imaginations. Giddy-up
Publication Date: 2002-06-01
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (Illustrator)From Eric Carle, the New York Times bestselling creator of beloved books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, comes From Head to Toe, a colorful and energetic book that will have young readers clapping their hands, stomping their feet, and wiggling their toes! Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Through Carle's vibrant collages and simple instructions, children will learn the importance of listening, exercising, and taking on a new challenge. Join the giraffes, monkeys, donkeys, seals, and more for a frolicking, fun adventure!
Publication Date: 1997-03-28
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma GarciaChugga chugga choo choo. Here comes the train. And it's rolling down the tracks in this vibrant picture book! Follow it along and count the birds that join the trip. All aboard, and all join in as the cheerful little train chugs past the seaside, the farm, the forest, the city, and into the station for a nice long rest. Along the way, a flock of noisy seagulls and blackbirds, pigeons and geese hop on for the ride. Kids will have fun looking at Emma Garcia's colorful, collaged landscapes and counting all the honking, cooing, tweeting birds.
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
Quiet! by Kate Alizadeh (Illustrator)Ssh! Listen. What's that noise? What can we hear when we're really, really quiet? A toddler enjoys the range of sounds they hear as their busy day comes to an end, from the bustle and chat of dinner time, to the quiet hush of their father's voice at bedtime. The text and sensory clues to be found in this enchanting, inclusive picture book allow us to experience our home through its many noises. Auditory landmarks help all children to become familiar with daily routines, and can be particularly important to those who are blind or partially sighted.
Publication Date: 2017-07-01
I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs (Illustrator)Look through the holes to see what pets you can spy in this interactive book. Smooth or furry, shiny or fluffy, there are many pets to spot in this fun take on the "I spy" game. Look through the spy holes and use the texture clues to guess; then turn the page to reveal the animal. Watch as children quickly become engaged in the game -- joining in with the interactive novelty and learning what animals eat along the way.
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)Here's the story of a curious little owl determined to see what the world looks like during the day. And what does she discover? A wow-worthy symphony of colors--from red butterflies to orange flowers, from white clouds to green leaves. This boisterous and bright book is the perfect read-aloud to savor with curious little owls everywhere who are exploring the world of colors for the first time.
Publication Date: 2009-09-15
Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)In this delightful companion, the same adorable toddler from Isadora's Peekaboo Morning takes children through the evening, playing peekaboo with everyone from his grandparents to his puppy, until it's time for bed. Full color.