Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Best of 2016: Books for Preschoolers

As the year comes to a close, library staff members and volunteers reflect on the best books they've read in 2016. Here are their suggestions for the best books for preschoolers:


Little Red
by Bethan Woollvin
Recommended by Kim Ottesen, Youth Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Kim says: "This new retelling of Little Red Riding Hood has vivid illustrations in black, grey, red, and white that help tell the story in a way that is sometimes surprising. Woolvin's version of Little Red needs no valiant woodsman. She can take care of herself!"

Before I Leave
by Jessixa Bagley
Recommended by Diana Wolski, Information Specialist, Post Road Library
Diana says: "This is an adorable and emotional story about an anteater's best friend, a little hedgehog, whose family is moving away. The pictures in this book are so sweet and show just how close best friends can be. The message at the end is, even though you cannot be physically near someone you love, you can be as close as you want to be, at heart. Even though it's hard, these two characters still feel close by sharing letters, sending pictures, and waiting until they can see each other again."

Hogwash
by Karma Wilson
Recommended by Jessica Phillips, Collection Support Aide, Cumming Library
Jessica says: "Hogwash by Karma Wilson is a hilarious rhyming story that my kids love. This one is set on a farm and is about pigs who do NOT want to take a bath, much to the farmer's frustration. Read it in an extra-southern accent and you're sure to get lots of giggles from your little ones!"

Same, Same But Different
by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Also available as a Read-Along
Recommended by Jessica Phillips, Collection Support Aide, Cumming Library
Jessica says: "Same, Same But Different is a wonderful story of two pen-pals who live in different parts of the world. They embrace their differences while at the same time learning that they also have much in common!"

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Also available in Spanish
Recommended by Jessica Phillips, Collection Support Aide, Cumming Library
Jessica says: "Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favorite at my house. My four-year-old asks me to read this so often that she has memorized it! Kids are introduced to the days of the week as the little caterpillar eats his way through the week and at the end turns into a beautiful butterfly."

Llama Llama Mad at Mama
by Anna Dewdney
Recommended by Jessica Phillips, Collection Support Aide, Cumming Library
Jessica says: "Llama Llama Mad at Mama, by the late Anna Dewdney, is another of my kids' favorites. Little Llama grows impatient at the grocery store and throws a rather epic tantrum (been there, done that, got the t-shirt), but in the end Mama Llama shows understanding and patience and helps him to calm down. A great lesson for kids and parents alike."

Barnacle is Bored
by Jonathan Fenske
Recommended by Jennifer Anderson, Information Specialist, Cumming Library



Here Comes Valentine Cat
by Deborah Underwood
Recommended by Teresa Santangelo, Collection Support Supervisor, Sharon Forks Library


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