Picture Books

I'd Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio and illustrated by Dorothee de Monfreid

I'd Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio

If only I had read I'd Really Like to Eat a Child when I was small, life would have been so much easier.

This is not because I fell victim to some carnivorous beastie that could only be satisfied with devouring yours truly--though once I was surrounded by a ferocious herd of petting-zoo goats. Rather, I might have understood the importance of eating whatever my parents told me to.

I am a former picky eater. Fruits and vegetables were not my bag, and hot dogs reigned supreme. One time I even threw a stuffed pepper out the window. Fortunately, time has passed, and I began to appreciate the foods that I once avoided. But I know how the little crocodile Achilles feels when he rejects his parents' meal of freshly-picked bananas. "Today, I'd really like to eat a child."

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Meli

Some of my fondest memories from holidays in my childhood are of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television. The magic of the parade with its wonderful balloons signaled the beginning of one of my favorite times of year. But I never gave much thought to the history of the parade and its famous balloons. When I saw the book Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, by Melissa Sweet, I couldn’t resist the chance to meet the man behind the magic.

The Queen of France

By Tim Wadham

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Rose wakes up one morning feeling royal and, donning jewels and a crown, she seeks her parents who behave as her royal subjects, causing Rose to wonder what they would think if the queen traded places with their daughter.
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My Garden

By Kevin Henkes

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After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.
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King Jack and the Dragon

By Peter Bently & Helen Oxenbury

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Jack, Zack, and Caspar build a castle fort, then spend a day fighting dragons and beasts, but at day's end giants carry away first Sir Zack, then Caspar, and King Jack is left to face night creatures alone.

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Interrupting Chicken

By David Ezra Stein

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Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.
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If You Give a Dog a Donut

By Laura Numeroff

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Chaos might ensue if you were to give a dog a donut.
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I Want My Hat Back!

By Jon Klassen

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A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.
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Even Monsters Need Haircuts

By Matthew McElligott

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At night under a full moon, a child operates a barber shop with a monstrous clientele

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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

By Susan A. Shea

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Poses rhyming questions on folded pages about what grows and what doesn't.
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