Patchwork of Picture Books

The books on this list are in the “easy picture book” or the nonfiction section of the Champaign Public Library and The Urbana Free Library. The list was stitched together by children’s librarians from both libraries.

Fiction

  • Abiyoyo (E/See) by Pete Seeger. In this folktale, a young outcast uses the sound of soothing music to save his village from a giant.
  • Abuela (E/Dor) by Arthur Dorros. A little girl spends the day with her abuela. They do everything together — even fly!
  • Alphabet Under Construction (E/Fle) by Denise Fleming. A tiny mouse works hard at getting the alphabet ready for young readers.
  • Amazing Grace (E/Hof) by Mary Hoffman. Grace discovers that she can become anything — even Peter Pan.
  • Bark George (E/Fei) by Jules Feiffer. When George‘s mother tells her son to bark, first he meows — and then he quacks! Only the vet can help George as stranger and stranger sounds come out of his mouth.
  • Bear Snores On (E/Wil) by Karma Wilson. When the animals hold a noisy party in a sleeping bear‘s winter cave, all is fine — until the bear sneezes.
  • A Big Bed for Jed (E/Fri) by Laurie Friedman. The entire family helps Jed decide to move from his crib to a big-kid bed.
  • Bigmama's (E/Cre) by Donald Crews. Taking a train to visit Bigmama‘s house in the country, young Donald Crews and his family spend a summer full of fun with his relatives.
  • Billywise (E/Nic) by Judith Nicholls. Billywise, a small owlet, thinks he will never dare to leave the nest and fly.
  • Bippity Bop Barbershop (E/Ana) by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. Miles goes to get his first haircut with his dad and wonders what style he should choose.
  • Black is Brown is Tan (E/Ado) by Arnold Adoff. This jubilant, begging-to-be-read-aloud poem celebrates families and the human family that we all belong to.
  • Book! Book! Book! (E/Bru) by Deborah Bruss. The goat and the horse keep asking the librarian for something to read, but only the hen knows exactly what to say to get a book.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (E/Mar) by Bill Martin. Share the surprise as you turn the pages to reveal what brown bear sees.
  • Caps for Sale (E/Slo) by Esphyr Slobodkina. Mischievous monkeys refuse to return a poor peddler‘s caps.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (E/Mar) by Bill Martin. What do you see? Alphabet letters rollicking in the coconut tree!
  • Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck (E/Pet) by Lisa Peters. When Little Duck gets her feet stuck on the ice, she doesn‘t give up, but concentrates on spring and waits patiently.
  • Corduroy (E/Fre) by Don Freeman. Though Corduroy the teddy bear is frustrated in his attempt to find his lost button, he gains a friend and love.
  • Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All (E/Dew) by Ted Dewan. Crispin learns a lesson about the value of friendship and imagination when he receives a very special gift.
  • Curious George (E/Rey) by H.A. Rey. A little monkey named George has so much curiosity that it gets him into a lot of trouble.
  • The Day the Babies Crawled Away (E/Rat) by Peggy Rathmann. Oh, those naughty babies! They are on the move and they aren‘t stopping for anybody.
  • Dig Dig Digging (E/May) by Margaret Mayo. This noisy, rhyming text is filled with trucks and rollers, cranes and diggers that work all day. Dinosailors (E/Lun) by Deb Lund. After spending time sailing, some seasick dinosaurs decide they have had enough of the high seas.
  • Doctor De Soto (E/Ste) by William Steig. A fox with a sore tooth tries to eat the mouse dentist who helps him.
  • Do Like a Duck Does (E/Hin) by Judy Hindley. Mother Duck tricks the fox when he pretends to be a duck.
  • Everett Anderson’s Goodbye (E/Cli) by Lucille Clifton. When his father dies, it‘s hard for Everett Anderson to believe that the hurt will ever go away.
  • Everybody Brings Noodles (E/Doo) by Norah Dooley. Carrie plans a party for her neighbors and invites them to bring noodles for an international feast.
  • Flossie & the Fox (E/McK) by Pat McKissack. Flossie is too smart to be tricked by an ol’ fox.
  • Freight Train (E/Cre) by Donald Crews. A colorful freight train goes whizzing by on its journey through tunnels and cities and across trestles.
  • Full, Full, Full of Love (E/Coo) by Trish Cooke. A little boy finds hugs, kisses, and tasty dishes at Gran‘s house when he visits for Sunday dinner.
  • Goodnight Moon (E/Bro) by Margaret Wise Brown. Before falling asleep, a little bunny says “goodnight” to each object in his room.
  • Hattie and the Fox (E/Fox) by Mem Fox. When Hattie the hen sees a nose in the bushes, her animal friends can‘t be bothered — until the danger gets too close for comfort.
  • Have You Seen My Duckling? (E/Taf) by Nancy Tafuri. A concerned mother duck and her flock search for a wayward duckling.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? (E/Yol) by Jane Yolen. Can you imagine dragging a very stubborn styracosaurus into the doctor‘s office?
  • Hungry Hen (E/War) by Richard Waring. A hungry little hen eats and eats and gets bigger and bigger while a fox waits for the right moment.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (E/Num) by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Be careful when you give a mouse a cookie, because you don‘t know what he‘ll ask for next.
  • I Kissed the Baby (E/Mur) by Mary Murphy. A new baby is in the barnyard, and the animals all want to celebrate.
  • I Love My Mama (E/Kav) by Peter Kavanagh. All kinds of babies have families — even baby elephants.
  • It’s Simple, Said Simon (E/Hob) by Mary Ann Hoberman. Simon finds copying the growl of a dog, the stretch of a cat, and the jump of horse quite simple. But when he meets the wiley tiger, Simon finds he must use his wits as well.
  • I Went Walking (E/Wil) by Sue Williams. Pictures mirror repeating words that invite the reader to join in the fun of identifying the colorful animals they see.
  • Julius’s Candy Corn (E/Hen) by Kevin Henkes. When his mother tells him not to eat the party cupcakes, Julius finds a way to eat his favorite part.
  • Let’s Get a Pup, Said Kate (E/Gra) by Bob Graham. Kate finds the perfect pet to fill that lonely space on her bed.
  • Let’s Go Home Little Bear (E/Wad) by Martin Waddell. Little Bear and Big Bear go on a wintery walk together.
  • Lunch (E/Fle) by Denise Fleming. With exuberant joy, Mouse samples various foods for lunch.
  • Make the Team, Baby Duck (E/Hes) by Amy Hest. Grandpa helps Baby Duck make perfect flutters and ripples in the water as she learns to swim.
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? (E/Joo) by Barbara Joosse. No matter what a child suggests that she might do to upset her mother, she is reassured that her mother‘s love has no conditions.
  • “More More More” Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories (E/Wil) by Vera B. Williams. Little Guy, Little Pumpkin, and Little Bird are lovingly tossed in the air by Daddy, Grandma, and Mama.
  • Mouse Paint (E/Wal) by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Three white mice experiment with pigment to produce a full spectrum of color.
  • My Beak, Your Beak (E/Wal) by Melanie Walsh. Though these colorful pairs of animals are different, they are alike too.
  • My Car (E/Bar) by Byron Barton. Sam describes all the parts of his car and how he takes care of it.
  • My Friend Rabbit (E/Roh) by Eric Rohmann. When Rabbit comes to play, it’s always an adventure!
  • My Nose, Your Nose (E/Wal) by Melanie Walsh. These kids may not look alike, but they do some of the same things — just like you.
  • My Very First Mother Goose (E/Mot) by Iona Opie. This book captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose.
  • The Napping House (E/Woo) by Audrey Wood. A wakeful flea causes havoc in a napping house where everyone is sleeping.
  • Ollie (E/Dun) by Olivier Dunrea. Ollie‘s sisters Gertie and Gossie try to coax him out of his egg, but this little gosling will come out only when he is ready.
  • On My Way to Buy Eggs (E/Che) by Chih-Yuan Chen. Shau-yu is simply on her way to buy eggs, yet she sees it as a journey filled with adventure and imaginings.
  • One Dark Night (E/Whe) by Lisa Wheeler. Mouse and Mole find that exploring the mush-mucky swamp and the marsh-misty wood at night and be scary.
  • One Duck Stuck (E/Roo) by Phyllis Root. One duck gets stuck in the muck. Two fish, three moose, and four crickets have no luck getting duck unstuck, until SPLUCK! The duck gets out of the muck.
  • Owen (E/Hen) by Kevin Henkes. Fuzzy follows Owen wherever he goes. Is he Owen’s kitten? No; Fuzzy is Owen’s fuzzy yellow blanket.
  • Owl Babies (E/Wad) by Martin Waddell. Three owl children wake up one evening to find their owl mother gone. Will she return?
  • Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (E/Mar) by Bill Martin Jr. Who is the sleeping child dreaming about? Ten endangered animals running wild and free.
  • Peace at Last (E/Mur) by Jill Murphy. Mr. Bear is having an awful time getting to sleep.
  • Pig Pig Grows Up (E/McP) by David M. McPhail. Pig Pig refuses to grow up until a heroic deed convinces him he‘s not a baby anymore.
  • Piggies (E/Woo) by Don Wood. Five little piggies on each hand illustrate the mood of the moment as they dance on a little child‘s fingers.
  • A Pocket for Corduroy (E/Fre) by Don Freeman. While at the laundromat, Corduroy the teddy bear goes on an adventure in search of a pocket.
  • The Polar Express (E/Van) by Chris Van Allsburg. When a magical train arrives at his door, a young boy is whisked off to an adventure at the North Pole.
  • Preschool to the Rescue (E/Sie) by Judy Sierra. When a “sleepy, creepy, deeper-than-you’d think” mud puddle appears right next to the school, the valiant preschoolers come to the rescue with “shovels and sand, and rocks and bricks, and rubber bands and Popsicle sticks.”
  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin (E/Tit) by Jeanne Titherington. Jamie is delighted as his pumpkin seeds sprout, flower, and finally grow into a huge pumpkin just right for making a jack-o-lantern.
  • The Rainbow Fish (E/Pfi) by Marcus Pfister. The most beautiful fish in the ocean discovers the value of beauty and the importance of friendship.
  • Rhyme Time Valentine (E/Poy) by Nancy Poydar. When Ruby’s valentines are lost, she discovers a different way to give something to her friends.
  • Rosie’s Walk (E/Hut) by Pat Hutchins. Unaware that a hungry fox is close on her heels, Rosie the hen enjoys a leisurely walk around the barn yard.
  • The Snowy Day (E/Kea) by Ezra Jack Keats. A bright red snow suit, a big snowy hill, and a snowball in Peter’s pocket make a winter day fun.
  • Squeak-a-lot (E/Wad) by Martin Waddell. A lonely little mouse encounters a cat while looking for a playmate.
  • Swimmy (E/Lio) by Leo Lionni. A little black fish saves a whole school of red fish from being eaten.
  • Ten Little Lambs (E/McG) by Alice B. McGinty. Who will be the last “little lamb” to fall asleep?
  • Ten, Nine, Eight (E/Ban) by Molly Bang. A little girl falls asleep listening to a lullaby of numbers.
  • Thirsty Baby (E/Cul) by Catherine Ann Cullen. Baby keeps drinking and drinking but not even the pond and a river can satisfy him. Will he drink the whole sea?
  • The Tale of Tricky Fox (E/Ayl) by Jim Aylesworth. Tricky Fox outwits almost all those human folks when he tries to bring home the bacon.
  • The Three Pigs (E/Wie) by David Wiesner. The three pigs are bored with the same old ending and jump out of their story to choose adventures of their own.
  • Thunder Rose (E/Nol) by Jerdine Nolen. Thunder Rose is unusual from the day she’s born. Halting stampeding herds, capturing gangs of rustlers, turning aside tornados — they‘re all in a day’s work for Thunder Rose!
  • Tickle, Tickle (E/Hru) by Dakari Hru. A father tickles his baby boy all over as they play together.
  • Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! (E/Sha) by George Shannon. Little Chick does what Big Chick and Middle Chick cannot do when a mean dog will not let the family go to the garden.
  • Toot and Puddle’s ABC (E/Hob) by Holly Hobbie. Original artwork for this childlike ABC is provided by Puddle as he helps Otto, the tortoise, learn to spell his name.
  • Two Shoes, Blue Shoes, New Shoes! (E/Fit) by Sally Fitz-Gibon. A bouncy little girl dances down the sidewalk in her brand new shoes.
  • Trashy Town (E/Zim) by Andrea Zimmerman. Follow Mr. Gilly as he dumps it in, smashes it down, then drives around the Trashy Town.
  • Tuesday (E/Wie) by David Wiesner. A town is mystified when frogs start to fly.
  • The Very Busy Spider (E/Car) by Eric Carle. One animal after another invistes a little spider to play, but she’s too busy spinning her web.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (E/Car) by Eric Carle. After eating a feast, this little caterpillar goes to sleep until…!
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (E/Ros) by Michael Rosen. What a scare — to find a bear!
  • Whales Passing (E/Bun) by Eve Bunting. As five orca whales dance by a boy imagines what they say to each other as they plunge to the depths.
  • Where the Wild Things Are (E/Sen) by Maurice Sendak. When mischievous Max is banished to his room, he sails away to a magical land where the wild things are.
  • Where’s My Teddy? (E/Alb) by Jez Alborough. In search of his missing teddy, Eddie comes face to face with an enormous bear who has lost something too!
  • Where’s Spot? (E/Hil) by Eric Hill. Flaps lift to reveal hidden animals as a mother dog looks for her missing puppy.
  • The Wolf’s Chicken Stew (E/Kas) by Keiko Kasza. Just imagine — a wolf who loves to cook and a zillion chickens who love to eat.
  • Yoko’s Paper Cranes (E/Wel) by Rosemary Wells. When Yoko moves to California she misses her grandparents, so she makes origami birds to send to Grandmother in Japan.

Nonfiction

  • Frogs Sing Songs (J/597.8915/Win) by Yvonne Winer. Lyrical text and detailed, realistic illustrations describe how, when, where, and why frogs sing songs. Includes a frog identification guide.
  • Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia (J/398.20966/Pay) by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert. Once Head, Arms, and Legs join with Body, they learn to work together.
  • Least Things (J/811.54/Yol) by Jane Yolen. Small creatures in nature such as the spider, snail, hummingbird, grasshopper, and crab are celebrated in haiku and beautiful close-up photography.
  • What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (J/573.87/Jen) by Steve Jenkins. Look at all the amazing things animals can do with their eyes, ears, mouths, noses, and feet!