We love reading books together, and going to the library over summer vacation is a great, air conditioned way for the kids to have fun. Here is a list of a few great books that my Toddler loves.
The Day the Crayons Quit
by: Drew Daywalt & Illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers
The hilarious, colorful #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon that every kid wants! Gift a copy to someone you love today.
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.
What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers’ Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, and This Moose Belongs to Me.
How to Babysit A Grandpa
By: Jean Reagan & Illustrated by: Lee Wildish
Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Don’t forget that grandpas are fathers, too!
A New York Times bestselling picture book–from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series–about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).
Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!
How To Babysit A Grandma
By: Jean Reagan & Illustrated by: Lee Wildish
Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandkids in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma…if just for one day.
A New York Times Bestseller
When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. (Be sure to check out the sections on: How to keep a grandma busy; Things to do at the park; Possible places to sleep, and what to do once you’re both tucked in for the night.)
From the author-illustrator team behind the New York Times bestselling HOW TO… books comes a funny and heartwarming celebration of grandmas and grandchildren.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Created by: James Dean, Story by: Eric Litwin
An award-winning and bestselling Pete the Cat book!
Count down with Pete in this rocking story that makes counting fun! Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons.
But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? The winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award.
The fun never stops—download the free groovin’ song!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
Written & Illustrated by: Mo Willems
He really, really, REALLY wants one. He’ll take really good care of it! What’s the matter–don’t you want him to be happy?
The duckling gets a cookie!?
Written & illustrated by: Mo Willems
The Duckling asks for a cookie — and gets one! Do you think the Pigeon is happy about that?
How Rocket Learned to Read
By: Tad Hills
Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!
With a story that makes reading fun—and will even help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.
And don’t miss the instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, Rocket Writes a Story.
Shark Vs Train
By: Chris Barton & Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Shark VS. Train!
WHO WILL WIN?!
If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?
“This is a genius concept.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Lichtenheld’s snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants’ expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It’s hard to choose; both are winners.” — Kirkus, starred review
By: Bridget Heos & Illustrated by: Joy Ang
When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, “Billy’s disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.” Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor and cartoonish illustrations make this the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.
Mustache Baby Meets His Match
By: Bridget Heos & Illustrated by: Joy Ang
When Baby Javier comes for a playdate, Baby Billy, a.k.a. Mustache Baby, feels the need to show him a thing or two, seeing how Javier’s new to town—and also sports an impressive beard. What ensues is a hilarious test of wills and facial hair, as each baby sets out to prove his manliness. It seems Mustache Baby may have truly met his match . . . but one-upmanship isn’t the point of a playdate, is it?
Zombie in Love
By: Kelly DiPuchio & Illustrated by: Scott Campbell
Everyone’s favorite zombie romance picture book is now available as an eBook with audio narration!
Mortimer is looking for love. And he’s looking everywhere! He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off). He’s tried ballroom dancing lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit stiff). He’s even been on stalemate.com. How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? When it seems all hope has died, could the girl of Mortimer’s dreams be just one horrifying shriek away?
Even Monsters Need haircuts
Written and illustrated by: Matthew McElligott
Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal-after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks.
Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father’s footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.
Eva and Sadie and the worst haircut EVER!
By: Jeff Cohen & Illustrated by: Elanna Allen
Meet Eva and Sadie, two sisters with big personalities! When big sister Sadie notices that Eva’s hair is just too long and getting out of control, she decides to take matters into her own hands. When the haircut is over and there’s a pile of hair on the floor, Sadie realizes she may have done something wrong. What will Eva and Sadie’s parents say? Will they be able to fix the worst haircut ever?
In this hilariously sweet tale of cutting hair, Eva gets a new hairdo and Sadie realizes that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn not to make the same one again.
Pirates Don’t Take Baths
By: John Segal
For any young child (or pig), there are few things more excruciating, more traumatic, more torturous than bathtime. And this little pig is putting his hoof down. No. More. BATHS. But how can he possibly accomplish this? Well, by being someone else, of course. After all, everyone knows that pirates, astronauts, and knights in shining armor-just to name a few-never, EVER take baths. Now if only he can convince his mother . . .
In his hilarious new picture book that is sure to become an integral part of bathtime routines, John Segal documents one particular skirmish in this never-ending battle of wills.
Words By: Aaron Reynolds Pictures By: Peter Brown
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.
He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?
Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.