Get Ready for Kindergarten

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Get Ready for Kindergarten

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Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles and More!
Stephanie Calmenson; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Illustrated poems and riddles portray a wide variety of activities and experiences from the wide world of kindergarten.

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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Nancy Carlson

Henry has been looking forward to going to kindergarten, but has misgivings once he is there. (Also available in Spanish)

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On the Way to Kindergarten
Virginia Kroll; Illusrated by Elizabeth Schlossberg

Bear's increasing accomplishments are highlighted in rhyme, from babyhood to the first day of school.

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Welcome to Kindergarten
Anne Rockwell

After visiting the classroom where he will attend kindergarten the following fall, a boy is able to dispel his reservations about school.

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I Love School!
Philemon Sturges; Illustrated by Shari Halpern

Seven kids and the teacher they love show their typical day of school is fun and filled with activities.

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My Shining Star: Raising a Child Who is Ready to Learn
Rosemary Wells

Direct, simple advice is given in the form of ten proven principles - illustrated with Wells' favorite bunnies!

See also: My Kindergarten

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How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
Jane Yolen; Illustrated by Mark Teague

We know they can count to ten... what would it be like if dinosaurs came to school? Find out by reading this book!

See also: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

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Concepts

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One Moose, Twenty Mice
Clare Beaton

Here's where you can count from one to twenty with animals to guide you. Don't forget to look for the orange cat!

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26 Letters and 99 Cents
Tana Hoban

Colorful photographs introduce the alphabet, counting and coinage using common objects, numbers and coins.

See also: Just Look and Let’s Count

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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
Steven Jenkins and Robin Page

Or a nose? Or mouth? Ears? Eyes? Feet? Have lots of fun with this animal guessing game. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Growing Colors
Bruce McMillan

The colors of nature are displayed in this photographic collection of green peas, red potatoes and other fruits and vegetables.

See also: Sense Suspense: A Guessing Game for the Five Senses

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The City ABC Book
Zoran Milich

Go on an alphabet hunt through a city in this photographic journey of letters.

See also: City Signs and City 1 2 3

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Five For a Little One
Chris Raschka

Explore the world around you using your five senses along with this alert little bunny.

See also: The Hello Goodbye Window

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What Time is It, Mr. Crocodile?
Judy Sierra; Illustrated by Doug Cushman

Will the little monkeys escape Mr. Crocodile's plan to eat them in time? Find out here!

See also: Monster Goose and Wild About Books

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Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book Of Opposites
Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Colorful die-cut pages introduce a number opposites including black and white, big and little, and day and night.

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My Family and Me

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I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Penda Diakite and Baba Wague Diakite; Illustrated by Baby Wague Diakite

While visiting her father's family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth and receives an unusual gift from the tooth fairy.

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Oh No, Gotta Go
Susan Middleton Elya; Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

A family anxiously searches for a bathroom for their young daughter while on a car trip.

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“Let's Get a Pup!” Said Kate
Bob Graham

Kate and her family search the animal shelter for a new puppy but cannot resist the charm of an older dog.

See also: Max

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The Ugly Vegetables
Grace Lin

A young girl wants her mother's garden to be colorful like the other gardens in their neighborhood, until she smells the delicious Chinese vegetable soup.

See also: Fortune Cookie Fortunes and Dim Sum For Everyone!

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Bee Bim Bop
Linda Sue Park; Illustrated by Ho Baek Lee

Rhyming text highlights a young girl's adventure helping her mother shop and prepare the family's favorite meal. Recipe included.

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The Family Book
Todd Parr

A mixture of families are characterized, some are loud and quiet, some are large and small but all are similar in many ways.

See also: It’s Okay To Be Different

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The Keeping Quilt
Patricia Polacco

Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family are connected to a homemade quilt which represents their love and faith.

See also: My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

jPS POLA
Pete's a Pizza
William Steig

When rain stops Pete from playing ball outside, his father creates a funny indoor game for them to play together.

See also: The Amazing Bone

jPS STEI

School Stories

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Amelia’s Show-And-Tell Fiesta/Amelia Y La Fiesta De “Muestra y Cuenta”
Mimi Chapra; Illustrated by Martha Avilés

Amelia, a young Cuban immigrant, brings a special fiesta dress to her first show-and-tell at school.

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The Art Lesson
Tomie dePaola

The autobiographical story of Tomie’s own troubles and triumphs encountered in his kindergarten art class.

See also: Stagestruck

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What Did You Do Today?
Toby Forward; Illustrated by Carol Thompson

A young child narrates his first day of school.

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I Am Not Going to School Today
Robie H. Harris; Illustrated by Jan Ormerod

A little boy’s first day of school jitters are consoled by having his special stuffed animal join him.

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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, learns a valuable lesson about sharing time.

See also: Julius, the Baby of the World and Lilly’s Big Day

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Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman; Illustrated by Caroline Binch

An evocative story of Grace who can do anything she sets her mind to do including being Peter Pan, who is not black or female, in the class play. Also: Boundless Grace

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Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten
Joseph Slate; Illustrated by Ashely Wolff

Miss Bindergarten, the beloved kindergarten teacher, has a hilarious day full of folly and mishap.

See also: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

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Yoko
Rosemary Wells

Yoko is teased by her classmates for bringing her favorite sushi for lunch until Timothy and others try it at International Food Day. (Also available in other languages.)

jPS WELL

Stories in Rhyme

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Parts
Tedd Arnold

A little boy mistakenly thinks his body is falling apart, until his parents reassure him that he’s just like everybody else.

See also: More Parts

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Karen Beaumont; Illustrated by David Catrow

A little boy cannot resist painting everything he sees, including himself!

See also: I Like Myself!

jPS BEAU
My Little Sister Ate One Hare
Bill Grossman; Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Little sister eats everything around her, including one hare and nine lizards, in this zany counting tale.

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There Was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star
Charise Mericle Harper

In this variation of “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” a lively woman uses many different vehicles to reach a star.

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Miss Mary Mack: A Hand-Clapping Rhyme
Mary Ann Hoberman; Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

A lively elephant along with a young girl dance and move to the familiar schoolyard rhyme “Miss Mary Mack.”

See also: You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories To Read Together

jPS HOBE
To Market, To Market
Anne Miranda; Illustrated by Janet Stevens

A woman brings home the animals she bought at the supermarket, with chaotic results!

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Horton Hatches the Egg
Dr. Suess

When an elephant hatches an egg, the whole jungle starts talking about it.

See also: Horton Hears a Who and Green Eggs and Ham

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The Napping House
Audrey Wood; Illustrated by Don Wood

A sleepy household comes together on Granny's bed, slowly building a very relaxed pile of bodies in shifting positions, until a flea wakes everyone up!

See also: King Bidgood's in the Bathtub and The Flying Dragon Room

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Classic: New and Old

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Doreen Cronin; Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

When Farmer Brown's cows learn to type, they leave him notes demanding electric blankets and other items to make them more comfortable on the farm.

See also: Diary of a Worm

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Olivia
Ian Falconer

Join energetic Olivia during her busy, fun-filled day, as she sings very loud songs, tries on all her clothing, reproduces abstract artwork on the walls, and wears people out-even herself!

See also: Olivia and the Missing Toy

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Millions of Cats
Wanda Gag

With millions and trillions of cats to choose from, how can an old man and his wife select just one?

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The Mysterious Tadpole
Steven Kellogg

Louis can hardly wait for his pet tadpole Alphonse to grow into a frog, but soon realizes his pet is no ordinary frog.

See also: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash and Engelbert the Elephant

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Library Lion
Michelle Knudsen; Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

A lion comes to the library regularly, and follows all the rules, until an accident happens and he has to get the librarian’s attention the only way he knows how.

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There's an Alligator Under My Bed
Mercer Mayer

A little boy is sure that there is an alligator under his bed and very determined to alleviate this problem.

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The Little Engine That Could
Wally Piper

When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and food over the mountain for the children on the other side.

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Simms Taback

Joseph has a very old overcoat which he recycles several times into a variety of garments, including a jacket, a vest, a scarf, and finally, a story.

See also: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

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Friendship

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A Splendid Friend Indeed
Suzanne Bloom

An endearing tale of friendship between a talkative goose and pensive polar bear. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Ella the Elegant Elephant
Carmela D'Amico; Illustrated by Steven D'Amico

Wearing Grandma’s “good luck hat,” shy little Ella faces her fears of being new to town and making friends at school.

See also: Ella Takes the Cake and Ella Sets the Stage

jPS DAMI
Hunter's Best Friend at School
Laura Malone Elliot; Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

What will Hunter do when his best friend Stripe decides to be naughty at school?

jPS ELLI
A Letter to Amy
Ezra Jack Keats

It’s Peter’s birthday and he creates a special invitation for friend, Amy.

See also: Whistle for Willie and The Snowy Day

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What Do You Say, Dear?
Sesyle Joslyn; Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

A rollicking and whimsical introduction to manners and etiquette for any situation.

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George and Martha
James Marshall

Short tales of the humorous friendship of two hippopotamuses. (Also available in Chinese and Spanish.)

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May I Bring a Friend?
Beatrice Schenk de Regniers; Illustrated by Beni Montresor

A polite young boy repeatedly asks permission to bring animal friends along when visiting the king and queen.

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Ira Sleeps Over
Bernard Waber

A boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend's house but worries how he'll get along without his teddy bear. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Humorous Stories

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The Last Laugh
Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

A nearly wordless story of a clever duck who outwits the big snake bully.

See also: A Crocodile’s Tale.

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The Cow Who Clucked
Denise Fleming

When cow wakes up clucking she sets out to get her “moo” back.

See also: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens and In the Small, Small Pond.

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The Merry Chase
Clement Hurd

When a cat and dog meet, the cat leads the dog on a chase under ladders, across tables and over people until she reaches a safe place.

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Don't Laugh, Joe
Keiko Kasza

Ticklish, silly opossum youngster Joe, can’t help laughing every time he plays dead…until a real bear comes along.

See also: A Mother For Choco and Wolf’s Chicken Stew.

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Froggy Bakes a Cake
Jonathan London; Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy makes a huge mess when baking a special cake for his mother’s birthday.

See also: Froggy Goes to Bed.

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How I Became a Pirate
Melinda Long; Illustrated by David Shannon

When Jeremy Jacob joins Braidbeard and his pirate crew, he discovers how pirates really live.

See also: Pirates Don't Change Diapers.

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Fancy Nancy
Jane O'Connor; Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

A story of how a little girl convinces her family to be fancy too, if only for one night.

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Mo Willems

Would you let a pigeon drive the bus? (Also available in Spanish.)

See also: Knuffle Bunny.

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