Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Under Five
Have fun counting animals of all sizes, shapes, and colors and lifting the number flap. Amusing, lively illustrations (2-4).
Which animals are striped? Which are spotted? Discover the answers in the bright, playful illustrations of a menagerie of animals (2-4).
Grasshopper and his bug band provide what ant needs to bring her “sticky burden” back to her colony. Bold, colorful illustrations (3-5).
Who is leaving all those yummy gifts in front of his cave? Bear tries hard to find out. Gentle mixed- media drawings (3-5).
Five sleepy bears fill cozy beds until a nighttime noise scares them. What can big brown bear do? Warm acrylic illustrations (3-5).
Follow the adventures of a boy and his bear as they share their day. Expressive, animated illustrations accompany easy to-read text (2-5).
Sounds are the words as a boy’s dog chases a cat instead of his ball. Simple watercolor illustrations (4-6).
All his family’s reassurances do not comfort frightened Brannon until big brother Chad comes up with the explanation of dinosaur thunder. Simple but evocative full-color prints (3-6).
Drawing in his new sketchbook, Dog enters a world of adventures and friends. Whimsical pencil and watercolor illustrations (3-6).
Soft acrylic illustrations accompany the pppffff and shreeeep of a mother-baby dolphin pair. Includes advice about saving dolphins in the wild (3-6).
When duckling receives a requested cookie, Pigeon rants that he never gets what he asks for. So? Signature speech-balloon text and illustrations (3-5).
What could be more fun than dancing in cool, colorful socks? Rhymed text and bright mixed-media illustrations (3-5).
Lively illustrations and amusing word play make this board book an ideal read-aloud (1-3).
Father and mother owl raise three chicks. Soft pastel illustrations link the chicks’ growth to their natural surroundings (3-6).
Will the fly outwit the frog in this humorous six-part story? Bold illustrations (3-6).
Trying one disguise after another, a wily wolf is determined to capture a lamb for his supper. Colored pencil, paint, and collage illustrations (3-5).
Hamsters from one to ten interact in playful rhyme. Delicate drawings (2-4).
Wondrous collage illustrations and a simple repetitive text describe a boy’s worldwide search for his lost cat (3-5).
Silly, nonsensical rhyming words advance this story of jungle animals trying to help their hippo friend. Lively, humorous pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations (4-6).
Vernon the toad is determined to help his new friend, Bird, find his home, introducing him to his animal friends along the way. Humorous mixed- media illustrations (3-7).
As his sister teaches him how to treat a dragon, Simon gets involved in a series of adventures with one. Fanciful illustrations (4-6).
Play the role of the Big Bad Wolf, but be ready for a surprise twist. Die cuts with black ink and watercolor illustrations (2-4).
Hugo Hippo and Bella Bird argue over their costumes for the fairy tale fancy dress party. Colorful digital illustrations (3-5).
A young child narrates the jungle adventures of running away from a persistent tiger. Bold illustrations in ink and digital media (4-6).
Bouncy, playful rhyme matches the energy of a baby mouse’s adventure. Cheerful watercolor illustrations (3-6).
A muted urban palette illustrates this close look at our feathered neighbors in the city (4-6).
Sent out to practice hunting mammoths, Kali makes a surprising discovery about something else he can do with his bow. Mixed-media illustrations (4-6).
Photographs and simple text capture the true story of an abandoned fawn and the Great Dane who adopts her (3-6).
Elephant and Piggie’s plan to take a car trip fails when they forget one crucial item. Colorful animated illustrations (4-6).
There is a commotion in the jungle and everyone is running away for safety. Vivid illustrations capture movement and emotions (1-3).
When a man releases a large group of birds, what is he to do when one stays behind? Colorful, whimsical illustrations (3-6).
Stranded on ice, a dog is rescued in the Baltic Sea and adopted by the sailor who saved him. Illustrated in watercolor, pen, and ink (4-6).
A fun-loving man breaks out of a drawing and bounces along with two children to encounter a set of whimsical animals. Exuberant watercolor collage illustrations (2-5).
Blake the snake is a fabulous pet-—he cooks, walks the dog, and writes! Simple line cartoon illustrations (3-6).
George is a dog who really wants to be good, but having so many temptations makes that very hard! Quirky, vivid illustrations (4-6).
Goose and Bear are busy making surprises, and Fox is eager to participate. Colorful pastel-like illustrations (3-5).
Petunia longs to be a wild animal, to her parent’s dismay. Simple line drawings add to the humor (3-6).
The friendly lion who escaped from the zoo plays with Pig Pig in his new-found home. Prepositions abound. Warm watercolors (3-6).
Lily reluctantly returns her newfound pet. Now will she find another one? Hilarious, realistic illustrations capture the innocence of mistaken identity (4-7).
Close-up photographs accompany a lovely, gentle poem about many of nature’s small but interesting insects. Includes scientific information (4-7).
A little fish steals a hat but is sure his plan to hide in the weeds will succeed. But will it? Digitally created illustrations(4-6).
Fox is tired of eating the same thing every day. A new cookbook offers fresh challenges. Humorous, colorful digital artwork (4-6).
Everyone is special in his or her own unique way. Soft, detailed illustrations of many different animals (0-5).
This question-answer book is based on the partial illustration of an animal, such as a beaver or a rattlesnake, and how it uses its tail. Bright, bold watercolors (4-6).
Simple rhymes, bold, clear art, and a lift-the-flap format invite youngsters to guess which animal (1-3).
The pandas and tree kangaroos are sad that they don’t have new babies to take care of, but an abandoned egg and a stray kitten change that. Bright, energetic mixed-media illustrations (3-5).
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