picture books

Honesty is a challenging skill for children to learn. Sometimes it is hard to tell the truth while other times telling the truth can hurt someone's feelings. Here are some picture books that help introduce the concept of honesty for children. 

David gets in trouble by David Shannon

When David gets in trouble, he has excuses right up until bedtime, when he realizes he really is sorry.

Ben has so often tried to convince people he has seen Bigfoot that when a real yeti arrives and borrows his bicycle, no one comes to see if Ben is telling the truth.

As we come to the end of the summer, things can get busy. Maybe you don't have time to concentrate on longer books, but you don't want to sacrifice your reading time, or high-quality content. The following picture books are all intended for children, but hold appeal for adult readers as well. They won't take you as long to get through, but still offer some laughs or plenty to think about.

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds. Beautiful illustrations and inspiring message.

The book of mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Also available in: e-book

As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which 'mistakes' can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress. We could all use this refreshing take on mistakes.

 "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees."

-Amelia Earhart

Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this book encourages positive behavior as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.

If you plant a seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

The American Library Association announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Randolph Caldecott Award. This award goes to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Caldecott Medal Winner.

For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2017 Caldecott Award Winner

Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.

The following titles are CPL Librarians' choices for the best picture books published in 2016. Check them out today!

1 big salad by Juana Medina

Juana Medina's ingenious illustrations nearly pop off the page in her new counting book, ONE BIG SALAD. One avocado deer saunters across the spread, two radish mice scurry by, until finally ten watercress seahorses swim onto the scene - all of the ingredients in one big salad!

ABC dream by Kim Krans

This stunning and innovative alphabet picture book will dazzle little ones and engage the adults who share it with them! Each page is dedicated to a letter, and clever alliterations are packed into each ink-and-watercolor spread.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but any time of year is a good time to stop and be thankful for what we have. Check out these picture books for tales of gratitude that can be enjoyed all year long.

Attitude of gratitude by Julie Andrews

It's Gratitude Day at school! Gerry is ready to be grateful and kind all day long. She's excited to give her best compliments, she's donated a beautiful painting to her class's art gallery, and she even has the perfect jar contribution ready for the food drive. But when disaster strikes, it's tough to stay grateful--even on Gratitude Day! Can Gerry prove that a fairy princess always has the right attitude of gratitude?

A celebration of how the body's parts work together, from hands and eyes to lips and heart, allowing one to exist in the wondrous universe. Includes instructions for making a book.

The large, bold fonts used in these picture books make them perfect for sharing with a group. They are also excellent for anyone in need of easily visible, larger text for reading aloud.

I can do it too! by Karen Baicker

Supported by her family, an African American girl is self confident about what she can do and in turn supports a younger family member.

Growing vegetable soup by Lois Ehlert

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

This introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

Also available in: audiobook | e-video

This picture book introduction to the life of the mid-twentieth-century aviation and auto racing pioneer, describing her fascination with vehicles during childhood and the daring achievements that earned her the title "First Lady of Firsts."

Did you miss our Toys storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a toy themed storytime of your own. The books with stars before the title were shared this evening. It can be a good opportunity to talk with children about sharing, losing, or forgoing toys they have outgrown as times for new toys approach, like birthdays or the holidays.

We also danced to Toy Boat by Jim Gill from his Irrational Anthem CD and found our missing teddy bear hiding under different colored circles. We used a flannel board, but you could do the same thing with pots, boxes, or pillow cases.

Little Bear, Little Bear
Where is Little Bear?
Could he be hiding under
the blue circle there?

* Train! by Judi Abbot

A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, he becomes upset, until he tries some of the other toys for himself. Also available as a board book.

* Where's my teddy? by Jez Alborough

When a small boy named Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem.

Books For Babies - Stories in Rhyme

Stories written in rhyme have numerous benefits. They tune your child in to all the sounds of a word, help them learn how sounds combine and blend to form words, and help them learn how to hear and identify a steady beat or rhythm. Try some of these fun books to get rhyming with your child today.

Babyberry pie by Heather Vogel Frederick ; [illustrations by] Amy Schwartz

When you were born by Emma Dodd

Ten tiny babies by Karen Katz

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox ; [illustrations by] Helen Oxenbury

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