Going to School - Growing Up

Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2014 for Children Under Five

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Fly, Chick, Fly! Cover Image
By Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781467703147
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Andersen Press - September 1st, 2012

Father and mother owl raise three chicks. Soft pastel illustrations link the chicks’ growth to their natural surroundings (3-6).

 


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Get Dressed! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419701078
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Appleseed - April 1st, 2012

How do you dress to sing, hide, or make believe? Easy-to-read text with simple watercolors in a fold- out format (4-6).

 


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Hey Little Baby! Cover Image
By Heather Leigh, Genevieve Cote (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781416989790
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Published: Beach Lane Books - April 3rd, 2012

A newborn baby discovers hands, feet, and nose. What will the future bring? Mixed-media illustrations (0-2).

 


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Kate and Nate Are Running Late! Cover Image
By Kate Egan, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250000804
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 16th, 2012

A frantic morning rush to get to school on time ends with a surprise. Rhyming text and gouache and watercolor illustrations (4-6).

 


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Lola Reads to Leo Cover Image
By Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781580894036
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 1st, 2012

A book-loving sister learns to help baby brother Leo by sharing stories for every occasion. Acrylic illustrations sweetly enrich the narrative (3-6).

 


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My Big Boy Undies Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780448457055
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grosset & Dunlap - February 2nd, 2012

It’s so exciting to move into toddlerhood and exchange diapers for underpants! Simple, animated, colorful illustrations (3-5).

 


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Ollie's School Day: A Yes-And-No Story Cover Image
By Stephanie Calmenson, Abby Carter (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780823423774
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Published: Holiday House - August 1st, 2012

Is this story about exploring a jungle? No! Is it a whimsical view of a day in an early childhood classroom? Yes! Watercolor illustrations add to the fun (4-6).

 


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Peekaboo Baby Cover Image
By Sebastian Braun, Sebastian Braun (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763659332
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 14th, 2012

All of babies’ favorite things are part of this playful look at one baby’s day. Digital illustrations with patterns and color support this lift-the-flap book (0-2).

 


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Rocket Writes a Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375870866
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - July 24th, 2012

With encouragement from his teacher, the little yellow bird, Rocket uses his new-found words to tell about his new friend. Simple, bold oil and colored- pencil illustrations (3-5).

 


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Speak Up, Tommy! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761374985
Availability: Special Order
Published: Kar-Ben Publishing - September 1st, 2012

After constantly teasing him about his Israeli accent, Tommy’s classmates are surprised when his knowledge of Hebrew makes him a hero. Cartoonish illustrations (4-8).

 


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This Monster Needs a Haircut Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803737334
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Published: Dial Books - July 5th, 2012

Will Stewart still be scary if he gets a haircut? Will he lose his identity? Monster-like watercolors (3-5).

 


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The Three Ninja Pigs Cover Image
By Corey Rosen Schwartz, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399255144
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Putnam Publishing Group - September 27th, 2012

Through diligent mastery of self-defense techniques, the third pig succeeds where her brothers failed and outrivals the wolf. Clever rhymed text and colorful engaging illustrations. Glossary (4-6).

 


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What Little Boys Are Made of Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062023551
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - March 27th, 2012

Shiny and colorful illustrations waltz us through the adventurous fantasy life of a young boy (4-6).

 


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Whoa, Baby, Whoa! Cover Image
By Grace Nichols, Eleanor Taylor (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781599907420
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 28th, 2012

People tell baby to stop before he gets hurt, until he finally does something that amazes everyone. Watercolor illustrations (0-3).

 


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You Choose Cover Image
By Pippa Goodhart, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781610670760
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kane/Miller Book Publishers - January 1st, 2012

A whole range of thematically arranged scenarios, accompanied by bold, colorful illustrations, stimulate imagination and invite discussion (5-7).

 


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Bobbo Goes to School Cover Image
By Shirley Hughes, Shirley Hughes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763665241
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 26th, 2013

Lily is having a "bad day".  She tosses her beloved stuffed toy up in the air and it lands on top of the school bus.  Will she get it back?  

 


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The Dark Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316187480
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Simple, yet elegant line drawings with splashes of light capture a child's fear of the dark.

 


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The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten Cover Image
By Maureen Fergus, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781554536986
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Kids Can Press - March 1st, 2013

When she tags along with her daughter, Mom learns that kindergarten is hard work, but worth it. 

 


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Don't Spill the Milk! Cover Image
By Stephen Davies, Christopher Corr (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781467720281
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Published: Andersen Press - September 1st, 2013

Can Panda get all the way from her African village to the grasslands and succeed on her important errand?

 


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I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! Cover Image
By Linda Davick, Linda Davick (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442460379
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Published: Beach Lane Books - April 2nd, 2013

A rollicking, rhyming celebration of body parts brought to life with bright, multicultural illustrations.

 


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Little Naomi, Little Chick Cover Image
By Avirama Golan, Raaya Karas (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802854278
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2013

Compare how a preschooler and a chick spend their action-packed day! 

 


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Now I'm Big! Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781416935476
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 19th, 2013

Simple bright, bold watercolor and gouache illustrations show the contrast between being a baby and being a big kid.

 


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Oliver and His Alligator Cover Image
By Paul Schmid, Paul Schmid (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781423174370
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Published: Disney Press - June 25th, 2013

Oliver is nervous, but his "bravery" gets in the way of his first day of school. 

 


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Ready and Waiting for You Cover Image
By Judi Moreillon, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802853554
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2013

Everyone in the school welcomes new students on the first day.

 


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The Things I Can Do Cover Image
By Jeff Mack, Jeff Mack (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596436756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 25th, 2013

Child-like collages and drawings about a young child's accomplishments related in rhyme will engage readers and encourage independence.

 


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Yummy!: Good Food Makes Me Stong! Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823424269
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House - January 15th, 2013

Expressive photographs focus on individual children and the foods that help them grow. Tips to parents are provided throughout the simple text.