Children's Picture Books for the Young at Heart

A Hole is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions

By Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

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"Dogs are to kiss people." "Dishes are to do." The illustrations by Maurice Sendak help make this 50+ year old small book a true classic!

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Abel's Island

By William Steig

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Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

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Bedtime for Bear

By Sandol Stoddard

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Small Bear uses every excuse to avoid going to bed much to the exasperation of Big Bear.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

By Doreen Cronin

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When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
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Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

By Kay Thompson

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"Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York. She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person. Henry James would want to study her. Queen Victoria would recognize her as an Equal. The New York Jets would want to have her on their side. Lewis Carroll would love her (once he got over the initial shock. She knows everything about The Plaza. She is interested in people when they are not boring.She has Inner Resources. If you take her home with you, you will always be glad you did."

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George Washington's Teeth

By Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora

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Important events in Washington's career are conveyed through a rollicking rhyme that portrays George Washington's lifelong struggle with bad teeth. A timeline taken from diary entries and other nonfiction sources follows.

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Grandfather Twilight

By Barbara Berger

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At the day's end, Grandfather Twilight walks in the forest to perform his evening task, bringing the miracle of night to the world.

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

By Crockett Johnson

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One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path...

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Make Way for Ducklings

By Robert McCloskey

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Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring. This is a classic book written in 1941 and still timely and fun.

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Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

By Charlotte Zolotow; pictures by Maurice Sendak

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Mr. Rabbit helps a little girl find a birthday present for her mother. Available as a book and on audio.

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