The votes are in!!! We asked our LT teachers, amongst all 5 of our centers, to submit their TOP favorite books! After reviewing our teacher’s submissions the TOP 10 books were clear! Check out our top 10 list and get ideas for your next library visit or next trip to the book store!
- Llama Llama Misses Mama – Anna Dewdney This book walks a child through the emotions they may be having on their first day at daycare/school. Not only does this book teach a child that it is okay to miss out parents, but it also teaches them that they always come back at the end of the day. This book is full of rhyming and real life scenarios that reflect their day at The Learning Tree. ALL the Llama Llama books are loved by teachers and children.
- Teeth Are Not For Biting – Elizabeth Verdick & Marieka Heinlen This book helps guide child behavior when it comes to biting. The book talks about what our teeth are used, how biting hurts, and what we can do instead of biting. The pictures are simple and are easily relatable for toddlers. Do you have a biter in your home??? Check this book out!
- Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons – Eric Litwin & James Dean This book is packed full of fun! It has math, songs, and even deals with child emotions and feelings! Children LOVE all things Pete The Cat. Check out some more of these books at http://www.petethecatbooks.
- Pig The Pug & Pig The Stinker – Aaron Blaby Both these books were top contenders! The children are naturally drawn to things that are funny and make them laugh and these books do just that! Not only are these books funny they teach social concepts as well! The children can learn how to treat friends and deal with friends all while laughing at a hilarious selfish, lying, crazy, conceded dog named Pig!
- Hi-Five Animals – Ross Burach This Book is perfect for infants and toddlers! Hi-Five is an interactive book that prompts the reader to give animals hi-fives! The children love it because not only are they hearing the words, they are getting to participate themselves by touching the book and playing along.
- Please, Mr. Panda – Steve Antony Teaching a young one manners can be trickier than you think! The whole concept can seem pretty abstract for a young one. This book really helps illustrate the importance of saying please but it also frames it in a simple way for the young ones to relate to. Marc Antony wrote many sequels to this book like, ‘Thank You Mr. Panda’ and ‘I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda’
- Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld This is a crazy cool book that helps you see a picture in two different ways. Some look at the picture in the book and see a duck, some look at the picture and see a rabbit. This book helps illustrate that people have different opinions and see things differently… and that’s okay!! This book also adds humor that makes it funny and interactive.
- There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – Lucille Colandro & Jared D. Lee There are many many versions of this book and all are fun! This old lady swallows many crazy things that rhyme and relate to a particular theme. This book immediately grabs the children’s attention because of the humor of it all, but it also touches on comprehension and memory. The children repeat and add on to what the old lady swallows.
- No! David – David Shannon A book that can be relatable to all ages. This book displays all the times we probably tell a child, “NO!” That can be frustrating! But at the end of the story it explains that, Although I may tell you the words, “No” I still love you no matter what <3
- Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman This book is an oldie but goodie!!!! I remember my mom reading this to me! A baby bird goes on a journey looking for its mother in all these peculiar places!
Want to read the books at home, what your child is enjoying at school??? Check out these top contenders submitted by some of our locations!
|Infants||Toddlers||Transition Preschool (TPS)||Preschool||Pre-k &
|⁃ Let’s Look – Baby Einstein
⁃My First Words – DK
⁃The More We Get Together – Caroline Jayne Church
⁃Is Your Smile Like A Crocodile? – Scholastic
⁃I Can Count to 10 – Make Believe Ideas Ltd.
⁃Ten Tiny Ninjas – Scholastic
⁃The Crayons’ Book Of Numbers – Drew Daywalt
⁃How To Charm A Llama – Make Believe Ideas Ltd.
⁃The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
⁃Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
|⁃ How Do Dinosaurs Go to Sleep? – Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
⁃The Crayons Book of Colors – Oliver Daywalt & Drew; Jeffers
⁃Rainbow Rob – Jo Rigg
⁃Where Is the Green Sheep? – Mem Fox & Judy Horacek
⁃Little Blue Truck – Alice Schertle & Jill McElmurry
⁃We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenburry
⁃The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfisher
⁃Go, Dog. Go! – P.D. Eastman
⁃Count The Monkeys – Mac Barnett & Kevin Cornell
|⁃ Rawr! – Todd H. Doodler
⁃It Happens to Everyone – Bernice Myers
⁃Everyone Poops – Taro Gomi & Amanda Mayer Stinchecum
⁃There’s a Monster in Your Book – Tom Fletcher & Greg Abbot
⁃The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School – Deborah Diesen & Dan Hanna
⁃If You Give a Pig a Pancake – Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond
⁃Dragons Love Tacos – Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri
⁃Thelma The Unicorn – Aaron Blabey
⁃Potty – Leslie Patricelli
|⁃ Peanut Butter & Cupcake – Terry Border
⁃If You Give a Moose a Muffin – Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond
⁃The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans the Ocean – Deborah Diesen & Dan Hanna
⁃Pinkalicious – Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann
⁃Yes Day! – Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld
⁃Ten Apples Up On Top! – Dr. Seuss
⁃Let’s Have a Tree Party! – David Martin & John Manders
⁃ The End (Almost) – Jim Benton
⁃ Have You Filled a Bucket Today? – Carol McCloud & David Messing
|⁃ We Don’t Eat Our Classmates – Ryan T. Higgins
⁃Can I Be Your Dog? – Troy Cummings
⁃Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert – Morag Hood & Ella Okstad
⁃Aliens in Underpants Save the World – Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
⁃Creepy Carrots – Aaron Reynolds & Peter Brown
⁃Don’t Blink! – Amy Krouse Rosenthal & David Roberts
⁃One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss
⁃Funny Farm – Mark Teague
⁃Unicorn Day – Diana Murray & Luke Flowers