Squishy Squashy Whale book
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Squishy Squashy Whale
Written and illustrated by Jenny Copper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Squish and squash the whale as you read the rhyming story and discover all the things that Whale loves to do. Perfect for interactive play, for shared reading or for reading alone, these delightful, touchable books are full of fun!

Some Days book
#2
Some Days
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff and illustrated by Ziyue Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“Some days are chocolate pudding pie days. Kites up in the sky days. Jumping super high days.” This rhyming picture book—from the author of the bestselling I Wanna Iguana series and Miles of Smiles—is a moving, powerful, delightful exploration of a child’s shifting feelings. Come along and follow a year in the life of a young boy and girl as they discover their many different and ever-changing emotions, including joy, fear, anger, jealousy, excitement, pride, disappointment, loneliness, and contentment. As children read about “angels in the snow days” as well as “need my mommy now days,” they’ll begin to understand how to cope with both positive and negative feelings.

Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes book
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Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes
Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“This collection of silly rhymes and poems is sure to please. . . . An excellent choice for pre-readers and very young children, as well as anyone with a love for nursery rhymes.” — School Library Journal (starred review) Michael Rosen invites children to joyfully celebrate sounds and the infinite possibilities of language with these nine clever poems adapted from A Great Big Cuddle. Nonsense verses with the feel of classic nursery rhymes tickle the ear and set feet tapping while expressive illustrations by Chris Riddell illuminate the larger-than-life characters. With subject matter that runs the gamut of a child’s emotional range from hungry and angry to wiggly and giggly, this collection will delight little listeners.

Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission book
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Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission
Written by Charlotte Guillain and Adam Guillain and illustrated by Garry Parsons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Join Molly on her second magical rhyming adventure as she visits the enchanted dressing-up wardrobe in her Granny’s house. There are so many costumes to choose from in her magic dressing-up wardrobe. Today she’s going to be . . . a mermaid! With a whizz and a pop and a shower of stars, Molly dives below the sea and soon finds herself on a mission: she must race to save the mermaids’ shipwreck from some pesky sharks!

Spot the Difference: In the Park book
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Spot the Difference: In the Park
Written and illustrated by Naomi Wilkinson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Spot the difference in every side-by-side scene as you explore the park with a whole host of cute characters. From the dog park, to the lake, and the flower garden, there’s plenty waiting to be found. What looks different? Lift the flaps to see if you got it right! Accompanied by a sweet rhyming text, stylish illustrations are printed on sturdy card for little fingers. This new novelty series teaches recognition and visual acuity skills, featuring: patterns, colours, shapes, missing items, animals, food and items of clothing.

  1. Mama Built a Little Nest - Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds’ nests, from the scrapes that falcons build atop high, craggy ledges to the underground nests that burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.

  2. Good Night, Sleep Tight - In this book with rhyming text, Bonnie and Ben’s favorite babysitter reads them nursery rhymes before putting them to bed.

  3. Baby's First Bank Heist - Move over, Bonnie and Clyde, because there’s a new criminal mastermind in town . . . Baby Frank! Baby Frank is dangerously cute, and he’s about to pull off the most daring baby bank heist ever. Why? His parents say that he can’t have a pet—“pets are for older kids,” “be happy with your teddy,” and “they cost too much to keep,” they say. What’s a baby to do . . . ? Rob a bank, of course! You have been warned . . . With eye-catching illustrations from Guardian cartoonist Stephen Collins, this laugh-out-loud rhyming text is Boss Baby meets Mission Impossible.

  4. Hold Hands - Hold hands each time you cross the street. Hold hands on the bus if you don’t have a seat. Hold hands when you say goodbye. And also when you’re jumping high. Everybody holds hands. You can hold hands with your little brother or your best friend. You can hold hands with your classmate or even your favorite doll! In Hold Hands, beloved graphic novelist and children’s book author Sara Varon offers a sweet rhyming story about friendship and connection. Gather up your little ones, hold their hands, and share this heartwarming book.

Littles book
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Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin’s The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo—perfect for baby showers, first birthdays, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio’s heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a “little”—peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles—and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.

Where Do Speedboats Sleep at Night? book
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Where Do Speedboats Sleep at Night?
Written by Brianna Caplan Sayres and illustrated by Christian Slade
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Illustrations and rhyming text reveal what sailboats, cruise ships, canoes, and other vessels do to get ready for bed after a hard day’s work.

In a Garden book
#12
In a Garden
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Aimee Sicuro
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Acclaimed author Tim McCanna celebrates gardens, nature, and all sorts of critters in this delightful and vibrant read-aloud picture book.

In the earth a single seed sits beside a millipede worms and termites dig and toil moving through the garden soil

How does a garden grow? Follow along from seed to sprout to bud to flower as a garden blooms. Worms, ladybugs, millipedes, and more help a garden grow each season. Tim McCanna’s gorgeous, rhyming text, combined with Aimée Sicuro’s stunning illustrations make this charming picture book as informative as it is fun to read aloud.

Bonus backmatter features tons of cool facts about ecosystems and the symbiosis between plants and bugs.

Rhymes With Claire book
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Rhymes With Claire
Written and illustrated by Chad J. Thompson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A parrot with a penchant for rhyming transforms one young girl’s day into an unexpectedly awesome adventure in this sweet and silly follow-up to Rhymes with Doug!

Otto, the rhyming parrot, is causing a little bit of trouble for Doug’s friend Claire. Claire brings Otto to school and the little feathered fellow, who rhymed Doug’s name with everything from mug to pug to bug, uses Claire’s moniker as a jumping off point. All starts off innocently enough: fair and share, but then takes a decidedly more dangerous turn from bear to flare! How can one little parrot cause so much trouble?

Baby's Firsts book
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Baby's Firsts
Written by Nancy Raines Day and illustrated by Michael Emberley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Told in rhyming text, the story traces the development of a baby from birth to his first birthday.

  1. How about a Night Out? - In rollicking rhyme, an adventurous kitty invites his friends for a nighttime romp in the busy city. We’ll swoon to the moon If the moon is out. We’ll have a night To sing about. City cats like city lights—so when the night falls and the moon rises, it’s time for them to walk about and creep about and sneak about! Prowl with them down dark streets and up walls, watching weaving cars, moving people, and maybe even a hooting owl. This fabulous and fun rhyming story features wonderful graphic illustrations by popular new artist Matt Hunt!

  2. A Year with the Wind - Charming illustrations and fun, engaging rhymes will enchant toddlers as they learn about the wind; holding kites high in the spring, pushing sailboats in the summer, tossing leaves around in the fall, and making snowflakes dance in the winter. Hanna Konola’s illustrations are popular the world over.

  3. Boom! Boom! Boom! - Take a rhythmic musical journey round the world with this fun rhyming picture book! “Two gorillas and their chum. At the sound the people come. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!” As the trio dances to the music of the drums, moving and grooving through the jungle and into the city, they’re joined by a host of other animals and people who can’t resist the infectious rhythm. The delightful rhymes and lively, colorful pictures will soon have kids jumping in, too!

  4. I'm as Quick as a Cricket - A young boy describes himself as “loud as a lion,” “quiet as a clam,” “tough as a rhino,” and “gentle as a lamb.”

It Starts With a Seed book
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It Starts With a Seed
Written by Laura Knowles and illustrated by Jennie Webber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In gentle rhyme, It Starts With a Seed evocatively explores the growth of a tiny sycamore seed. Taking a journey through the seasons and years, we follow the seed as it transforms from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by well-loved woodland creatures – squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls – who make it their home. Beautiful and evocative, It Starts With a Seed is a factual story that will touch children with its simple but enchanting message of life and growth.

This Book book
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This Book
Written by Kathryn Madeline Allen and illustrated by Lizzy Doyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Told in rhyme, This Book explains exactly what it is—a book about numbers, shapes, colors, and more! Using simple explanations and told from a clever “meta” perspective, both parents and kids alike will delight in its playfulness.

Rhymoceros book
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Rhymoceros
Written and illustrated by Janik Coat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A blue rhinoceros unabashedly subjects himself to undignified elements in order to demonstrate sixteen pairs of rhyming words, from “caring” and “daring” to “stinky” and “inky.”

Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter book
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Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations. To save baby Moses, Miriam and her mother place him in a basket and set him adrift on the river. As Miriam watches from the reeds, she hopes that someone will find and rescue him. And someone does–Pharaoh’s daughter! This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

Pumpkin Countdown book
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Pumpkin Countdown
Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Jan Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fall has come, and what better way to celebrate than a field trip to the pumpkin patch! From 20 name tags on coats all the way down to 1 last pumpkin song, the class counts everything in sight! Follow along in this sweet, rhyming picture book, with interactive counting on each spread. Count the 8 orange pumpkins, tall, 7 yellow pumpkins, bumpy, and much more! Including autumnal illustrations and pumpkin facts, this book is perfect for the fall season and an extra fun way to teach children to count backward from twenty.

  1. How to Catch a Leprechaun - You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you’ll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with this fun and lively children’s book. How to catch a leprechaun? It’s tougher than you think! He’ll turn your whole house upside down. He’s quicker than a wink!

  2. A Crazy Day at the Critter Café - Swish, zoom, swish. Clickety-clack! When a bus full of critters breaks down, a sleepy roadside café suddenly wakes up! Raccoons, elephants, zebras, and rams are only a few of the many animals demanding grub, and it is all that a cook and a waiter can do to keep up. But when Skateboard Cow swerves her way through the crowd, more than a few feathers are guaranteed to be ruffled! Rhythmic text and energetic illustrations combine for a romp of pure fun and entertainment.

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