Reading classic and modern picture books to your children will enhance their own reading skills and comprehension and will allow for memorable parent-child time together.  These picture books are wonderful read alouds as well as quality books for independent readers.  

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Make Way for Ducklings!
Author: Robert McCloskey

In this beloved classic picture book, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

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I Stink!
Author: Kate McMullan

A big city garbage truck makes its rounds, consuming everything from apple cores and banana peels to leftover ziti with zucchini.

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The Paper Bag Princess
Author: Robert Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess is a story about a princess who learns to be self-reliant when it comes to dealing with a dragon.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Author: Laura Numeroff

Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.  Also available in Spanish: Si le das una galletita a un ratón / Laura Joffe Numeroff ; ilustrado por Felicia Bond

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The Kissing Hand
Author: Audrey Penn

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

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The Lion and the Mouse
Author: Jerry Pinkney

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.

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The Little Engine that Could
Author: Watty Piper

Even though the little blue train is small, she tries her best to bring the stranded toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

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Not a Box
Author: Antoinette. Portis

To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Author: Beatrix Potter

Naughty Peter Rabbit disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.

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Good Night, Gorilla
Author: Peggy Rathmann

An sleepy, unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

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Officer Buckle and Gloria
Author: Peggy Rathmann

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches. 

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Author: Sherri Rinker

At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

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One Duck Stuck
Author: Phyllis Root

In this counting book, increasingly larger groups of animals try to help a duck that is stuck in the sleepy, slimy marsh.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Author: Michael Rosen

Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a hasty retreat.  Also available in Hmong/English: Wo men qu zhao da xiong = We're going on a bear hunt / Retold by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

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Duck! Rabbit!
Author: Amy Rosenthal

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck as the concept of perspective is introduced. 

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Uni the Unicorn
Author: Amy Rosenthal

In this picture book fantasy, Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real.

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The Relatives Came
Author: Cynthia Rylant

In this classic family story, the relatives come to visit from Virginia; they pack in the house for a huge sleepover, and everyone has a wonderful time!

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Author: Dan Santat

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Author: Jon Scieszka

From his jail cell Mr. A. Wolf gives his own version of what "really happened" when he tangled with the Three Little Pigs.

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Where the Wild Things Are
Author: Maurice Sendak

A little boy is angry because he is sent to bed without his supper as a consequence for his behavior, so he sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

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Duck on a Bike
Author: David Shannon

A daring duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes, too.

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Author: Charles Shaw

This picture book uses illustrations and text to describe the shapes of clouds.  Also available in English/Hmong It looked like spilt milk = Nwg zoo le mig nyuj nchuav = Nws zoo li mis nyuj nchuav.


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Sheep in a Jeep
Author: Nancy Shaw

This humorous picture book relates the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.

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Caps for Sale
Author: Esphyr Slobodkina

A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.  Also available in English/Braille.

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A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee
Author: Philip Stead

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his animal friends, but one day he awoke with the sniffles. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.

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Pete's a Pizza
Author: William Steig

What do you do when Pete's in a bad mood? When it is raining and he cannot go out and play? Turn him into a pizza, of course!

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Interrupting Chicken
Author: David Stein

In this humorous picture book, Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but she interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: an African tale
Author: John Steptoe

In this picture book reminiscient of Cinderella, Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, and one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Author: Simms Taback

In this picture book based upon an old Yiddish folk song, a very old overcoat is repurposed numerous times into a variety of garments.

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies
Author: 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.

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Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin
Author: Duncan. Tonatiuh

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

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Press Here
Author: Herve Tullet

This creative picture book instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations.

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Oops Pounce Quick Run! : an Alphabet Caper
Author: Mike Twohy

A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase - from A to Z.

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The Polar Express
Author: Chris. Van Allsburg

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Author: Judith Viorst

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander wants to run away to Australia!  Also available in Spanish in Overdrive as an ebook: Alexander y el dia terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso [electronic resource]

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Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
Author: Bernard Waber

Lyle is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th St. until irritable Mr. Grumps next door changes all that.

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Owl Babies
Author: Martin Waddell

When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but nervously wonder where she is.  Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale.

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Mouse Paint
Author: Ellen Walsh

Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.

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Scaredy Squirrel
Author: Melanie Watt

Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he's afraid of the unknown "out there." But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.

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Freedom in Congo Square
Author: Carole Weatherford

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

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They All Saw a Cat
Author: Brendan Wenzel

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat in their own way; this book is an excellent example of perspective.
Also available as book with CD as well as an electronic book.

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Author: Nadine Westcott

A cumulative retelling of the folk song about a little old lady who swallowed a fly in which the solution proves worse than the predicament of swallowing a fly in the first place.

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The Three Pigs
Author: David Wiesner

The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon; the artwork creatively changes as the pigs explore.

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Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Author: Mo Willems

This popular picture book

In this beloved picture book the bus driver has only one request, 'Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!' The impetuous pigeon, however, is determined to get behind the wheel and uses many strategies to convince the reader to let him.  Available also in playaway format and Hoopladigital.  Also, available in Spanish:

¡No dejes que la paloma conduzca el autobús! / palabras y dibujos de Mo Willem

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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Author: Mo Willems

After little Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing.

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A Chair for my Mother
Author: Vera Williams

In this realistic fiction picture book, a young girl, her waitress mother, and her grandmother lose all of their possessions in a fire, although family and neighbors kindly share their belongings.  The family saves all of their change in order to buy a comfortable armchair. 

Also available in Hmong/English: A chair for my mother = Ib lub rooj rua kuv nam = Ib lub rooj rau kuv niam / by Vera B. Williams

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Author: Linda Williams

A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.

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Bear Snores On
Author: Karma Wilson

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

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The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
Author: Don Wood

Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry.

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Owl Moon
Author: Jane Yolen

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter quietly trek into the woods in hopes of seeing a Great Horned Owl.

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