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Wild Child, by Lynn Plourde,
Greg Couch, Illustrator, Simon & Schuster 1999, Hardcover, $16.95

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Books for Toddlers

All I See is Part of Me, by Curtis, Chara M , Aldrich, Cynthia, Illustrator, Illumination Arts Publishing Company, 1994, Hardcover, $15.95
A little boy discovers that all of creation is a part of him and he is a part of all creation.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Martin, Bill, Jr., Carle, Eric, Illustrator
Henry Holt & Company, 1996, Board Books, $7.95
30 years—and more than 2.5 million copies—after its conception, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? remains one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Now, this charming tale is available in a board book format—just right for the tiniest hands.
Everyone Poops, by Gomi, Taro , Amanda Mayer, Translator
Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1993, Hardcover, $12.95
A beginning science book that addresses the needs and interests of the very young child.
Goodnight Moon, by Brown, Margaret Wise , Hurd, Clement, Illustrator
HarperFestival, 1991, Board Books, $7.99
A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his room, in this classic story told with gently lulling words and soothing illustrations.
Mama, Do You Love Me?, by Joosse, Barbara M , Lavallee, Barbara, Illustrator
Chronicle Books, 1991, Hardcover, $14.95
Charming, vibrant watercolor illustrations expand the simple rhythmic text, adding to the characters' personalities and to the cultural information.
On the Day You Were Born, by Frasier, Debra
Harcourt Children's Books, 1991, Hardcover, $16.00
Come across our round planet as the moon pulls, the tides rise, the rain falls, and then a baby is born. Join in Frasier's celebration of our natural world as she extends a loving welcome to each member of our human family.
Over in the Meadow, by Keats, Ezra Jack
Puffin Books, 1999, Paperback, $6.99
This classic Appalachian counting rhyme introduces animals and their young and the numbers one through ten.
Owl Babies, Board Book , by Waddell, Martin , Benson, Patrick, Illustrator
Candlewick Press, MA , 1996, Board Books, $6.99
Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered as in this tale of three baby owls who awaken one night to find their mother gone. Where is she? When will she be back? What scary things move in the night around them?
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, by Carle, Eric , Carle, Eric, Illustrator
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991, Hardcover, $5.95
This story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn't easy to climb all the way to the moon, but he finally succeeds—only to find that the moon is too big to carry home!
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Little Simon , by Carle, Eric , Carle, Eric, Illustrator
Little Simon, 1999, Hardcover, $9.99
Carle's classic tale about a father who's willing to literally give his daughter the moon offers comforting thoughts to young ones while it teaches a simple lesson about nature's cycles..
The Runaway Bunny Board Book, by Brown, Margaret Wise , Hurd, Clement, Illustrator, HarperFestival, 1991, Board Books, $7.99
A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.
The Runaway Bunny Lap Edition, by Brown, Margaret Wise , Hurd, Clement, Illustrator
HarperFestival, 2001, Board Books, $12.95
A little runaway bunny finds that the outside world is not always a better place to be. This special oversized board picture book is ideal for reading aloud and invites children to their parents' laps to enter a magical world. Full-color illustrations.
The Snowy Day Board Book, by Keats, Ezra Jack
Viking Books, 1996, Hardcover, $6.99
Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, Keats' story of a young boy experiencing the year's first snowfall has delighted millions of readers. Now this perennial favorite is accessible to even the youngest child in a durable board book edition. Full-color illustrations. 15 spreads.
The Tiny Seed, by Carle, Eric , Carle, Eric, Illustrator
Aladdin Paperbacks, 2001, Paperback, $6.99
With his inimitable bright collage art and simple text, Carle follows the journey of a seed, from being blown by the wind to taking root and sprouting seeds of its own. Full color.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Carle, Eric
Philomel Books, 1994, Board Books, $9.99
Now even younger children can follow the little green caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly in this sturdy board book.
Time for Bed, by Fox, Mem , Dyer, Jane, Illustrator
Red Wagon Books, 1997, Board Books, $6.95
At the end of the day, darkness is falling and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy and being tucked into bed. Now an irresistible board book, "Time for Bed" is new again for babies and toddlers.
Time to Sleep, by Fleming, Denise , Fleming, Denise, Illustrator
Henry Holt & Company, 2001, Paperback, $6.95
Like children who must go to bed for the night, the forest animals each find a way to put off bedtime just a little bit longer.
Un Dia de Nieve / The Snowy Day, by Keats, Ezra Jack
Puffin Books, 1991, Paperback, $6.99
In this book sparkling with atmosphere, a small boy experiences the joys of a snowy day. The brief, vividly expressed text points out his new awareness.—"The Horn Book". A Caldecott Honor Book.
Whistle for Willie Board Book, by Keats, Ezra Jack
Viking Books, 1998, Board Books, $7.99
First published in 1964, this book, now available in a durable board book edition, tells of a young boy who longs to whistle for his dog.
Wild Child, by Plourde, Lynn , Couch, Greg, Illustrator
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1999, Hardcover, $16.95
Mother Earth attempts to put her wild child, Autumn, to bed. But this youngster isn't ready quite yet.
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