Classic picture books

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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Stellaluna

By Janell Cannon

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After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. You probably thought you could never love a bat, but you will adore Stellaluna.

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Owliver

By Robert Kraus

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Although each of Owliver's parents has ideas for what he should do when he grows up and they expose him to lessons and experiences of various kinds, Owliver makes his own decision about what he is going to be, and it's neither a doctor nor a lawyer!

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Olivia

By Ian Falconer

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The delightful, feisty porcine heroine Olivia is constantly on the move: building towering sand castles, imitating Jackson Pollack’s paintings on her bedroom wall, or negotiating the number of books at bedtime.
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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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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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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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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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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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The Ultimate Peter Rabbit: A Visual Guide to the World of Beatrix Potter

By Beatrix Potter

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"Prepare to celebrate a century in print with one of the most visual guides to one of the world's best-loved children's characters. Packed with detailed sketches of Beatrix Potter's best-loved characters, descriptions of each of the 23 "Little Books" she created, and a selection of gorgeous original illustrations, Ultimate Peter Rabbit is the perfect guide for new readers and dedicated fans alike. Generous access to the Potter estate's archives has produced a volume which includes 300 artworks from the books and over 50 specially commissioned photographs of Beatrix Potter's English Lake District home, the inspiration for the bucolic settings of the long-adored children's classics."

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