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The Gleason Public Library children's librarians have compiled a nice starting list of books for some of our youngest readers. If you have a favorite, let us know.

Picture Book Kits

Now available in the children's room - grab a kit of books on one of your favorite topics! Current kits:

  • Autumn
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fractured Fairy Tales
  • New Baby
  • Pirates
  • Princesses
  • Trains
  • Trucks

Book Lists

Coping with Loss
Nursery Rhymes, Fingerplays & Songs
Picture Books for the Very Young (6 months - 2 years)
Picture Books for Twos and Threes
Sure-Fire Hits to Read Aloud to Fours, Fives and Sixes
Sports Picture Books
Reading Resources, Carlisle Public Schools

Award Winners

Newbery Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1922-Present
Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938-Present


At first glance, a picture book seems to be a very simple thing: typically 32 pages in length, designed for small children, colorful, with cartoon-like renderings of characters and a simple story. But good picture books are actually carefully designed to use deliberate narrative devices, meaningful illustrations, and design elements that compliment the tone and mood of the book. Four recent additions to the children's picture book collection at the Gleason Public Library are fine examples of this definition.

Scoot by Carloyn Falwell is the simple story of six turtles sunning themselves down at the pond. The charm of this book is in the details. Each illustration is a beautifully crafted collage rendered in cut and torn paper elements, stamped paint, and natural elements such as tree bark and wasp nest. Varying font sizes convey action, movement, and the tone of the book: lazy, sunny, and warm.

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton is a treat both visually and as a story. Splat is a worried young cat headed out for his first day of school to learn what cats do. Splat brings his pet mouse Seymour along for moral support, and everything seems to be going great - until he learns that chasing mice is one of the many wonderful things that cats do. When Seymour escapes, hi-jinks ensue. Be sure to spend some time examining the detailed drawings that show Splat perpetually startled with his gorgeous stand up hair, wide-eyed expressions, and other humorous details.

Kevin Henkes' Old Bear is a reprint of the gentle story about the dreams an aging bear has while hibernating. Using vivid watercolor illustrations, the book creates a dream-like sense of each season: spring is pinks and purples; summer is blue and green; fall is red, orange, and brown; and winter is shades of blue and white. When Old Bear finally awakens, it's to a fully technicolor spring.

Not only will readers of all ages enjoy the illustrations in Turtle's Penguin Day by Valerie Gorbachev, they will also appreciate the humor. Father Turtle reads Little Turtle a bedtime story about penguins, leading Little Turtle to decide that he wants to be a penguin. This is a delightful tale of imagination and creativity.


Picture Books for the Very Young

(6 months - two years)
JJ Alborough, Jez Where's My Teddy 18 months and up
JJ Allen, Pamela Who Sank the Boat? 18 months and up
JJ Bornstein Little Gorilla The Runaway Bunny Goodnight Moon 15 months and up 15 months and up 15 months and up
JJ Carle The Very Busy Spider The Very Hungry Caterpillar 9 months and up 12 months and up
JJ Campbell Dear Zoo 9 months and up
JJ Carlstrom Jesse Bear What Will You Wear? 18 months and up
JJ Christelow, Eileen Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed 12 months and up
JJ Cimarusti, Marie Torres Peek-a-Moo 3 months-2 years
JJ & JJ/BB Crews, Donald Freight Train 12 months and up
JJ Day, Alexandra Good Dog Carl 15 months and up
JJ Ehlert, Lois Fish Eyes 6 months and up
JJ Emberley, Rebecca My Colors/Mis Colores 18 months and up
JJ Flack, Marjorie Ask Mr. Bear 18 months and up
JJ Fleming, Denise Barnyard Banter 12 months and up
JJ Fox, Mem Hattie and the Fox 12 months and up
JJ Freeman, Don Corduroy 18 months and up
JJ/BB Gentieu, Penny Wow! Babies! 3 months-2 years
JJ Ginsburg, Mirra Across the Stream 12 months and up
JJ/BB Gliori, Debi Can I Have a Hug? 3 months and up
JJ Guarino, Deborah Is Your Mama a Llama 18 months and up
JJ Henkes, Kevin Owen's Marshmallow Chick Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick 18 months and up 18 months and up
JJ/PB Hill, Eric Where's Spot 12 months and up
JJ/BB Hoban, Tana Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe 12 months and up
JJ Hubbell, Patricia Pots and Pans 12 months-2 years
JJ Hutchins, Pat Rosie's Walk Titch 15 months and up 18 months and up
JJ Intrater, Roberta Peek-a-Boo You 3 months-2 years
JJ Krauss, Ruth The Carrot Seed 12 months and up
JJ Lewis, Kevin Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo 12 months and up
JJ MacLeod, Elizabeth I heard a little Baa 12 months and up
JJ Martin, Bill Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? 9 months and up
JJ McBratney, Sam Guess How Much I Love Yo 18 months and up
JJ/BB McKee, David Elmer's Colors 15 months 2 years
JJ Miller, Margaret Now I'm Big 18 months and up
JJ Oxenbury, Helen I Can
JJ & JJ/BB Rathman, Peggy Good Night Gorilla 15 months and up
JJ Rice, Eve Benny Bakes a Cake 18 months and up
JJ Riley, Linnea Mouse Mess 15 months and up
JJ Root, Phyllis One Duck Stuck 15 months and up
JJ/ER Seuss, Dr The Foot Book 15 months and up
JJ Simmons, Jane Come Along Daisy 18 months and up
JJ & JJ/PB Stoeke, Janet A Hat for Minerva 18 months and up
JJ Tafuri, Nancy Have You Seen My Duckling Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails 12 months and up 12 months and up
JJ Uff, Caroline Hello Lulu 9 months and up
JJ Walsh, Melanie Do Pigs Have Stripes 12 months and up
JJ Walter, Virgina Hi Pizza Man 18 months and up
JJ Wells, Rosemary Max's Bath, Max's Breakfast Max's New Suit, Max's Ride Noisy Nora 12 months and up 12 months and up 15 months and up
JJ Williams, Sue I Went Walking 9 months and up

Nursery Rhymes, Fingerplays & Songs

JJ Brown, Marc Nursery Rhymes newborn and up
JJ Cauley, Lorinda Clap Your Hands newborn and up
JJ Chorao, Kay Knock at the Door and Other Action Rhymes newborn and up
JJ Hague, Michael Teddy Bear Teddy Bear: A Classic Action Rhyme 12 months and up
JJ My Opie, Iona (Illustrated by Rosemary Wells) My Very First Mother Goose newborn and up
JJ Pat (Compiled by Johanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson) Pat-a-Cake and Other Play Rhymes newborn and up

Picture Books for Twos and Threes

All Books are found in the JJ (picture books) section.
Baker Big Fat Hen
Bang Ten, Nine, Eight
Barton I Want To Be an Astronaut
Burmingham Mr. Gumpy's Outing
Carlstrom Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Cowley Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm
Crews Freight Train
Ehlert Fish Eyes: a Book You Can Count On
Fleming Barnyard Banter
Fox Time for Bed
Hill Where's Spot?
Hutchins What Game Shall We Play?
Miller Whose Shoe ?
Numeroff What Mommies Do Best, What Daddies do Best
Opie My First Mother Goose
Rathmann Goodnight, Gorilla
Rice Benny Bakes a Cake
Shaw Sheep in a Jeep
Simmons Come Along, Daisy!
Tafuri Spots, Feathers and Tales
Walsh Do Pigs Have Stripes?
Zion Harry the Dirty Dog

Sure-Fire Hits to Read Aloud to Fours, Fives and Sixes

All Books are found in the JJ (picture books) section.
Allard Miss Nelson is Missing
Alley Read to Tiger
Barrett Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Barton Shark vs. Train
Cannon Stellaluna
Child I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
Cousins I'm the Best
Cronin Thump, Quack, Moo: A Wacky Adventure
DePaola Meet the Barkers
Falconer Olivia
Feiffer Bark, George
Henkes Kitten's First Full Moon
Henkes Chrysanthemum
Hills Duck and Goose
Himmelman Chickens to the Rescue
Hoban Bread and Jam for Frances
Kasza Badger's Fancy Meal
Kasza Wolf's Chicken Stew
Knudsen The Library Lion
Kraus Leo the Late Bloomer
Leaf The Story of Ferdinand
Lester Tacky the Penguin
Long How I Became a Pirate
Meddaugh Martha Speaks
Novak Mouse TV
Pinkney The Lion and the Mouse
Rathmann Officer Buckle and Gloria
Rosenthal Duck! Rabbit!
Rosenthal Little Pea
Seuss Horton Hatches the Egg
Shannon Duck on a Bike
Teague Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
Waddell Farmer Duck
Watt Chester's Masterpiece
Wells Shy Charles
Wiesner The Three Pigs
Willems Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Wilson The Cow Loves Cookies
Wood The Napping House
  Compiled by the Gleason Library Children's Department September 2010
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Sports Picture Books

All Books are found in the JJ (picture books) section unless a call number is given.
Buchard That's Hockey
Brown DW Flips
Bunting Trouble on the T-ball Team
Brug Soccer Beat
Burleigh Goal
Cooper Ball Park
Delaney Two Strikes, Four Eyes
Foreman Wonder Goal!
Hall When Willard Met Babe Ruth
Hest Make the Team, Baby Duck!
Hopkinson Girl Wonder: a Baseball Story in Nine Innings
Isadora J 796.357 Isa Nick Plays Baseball
Isadora J 796.91 Isa Sophie Skates
London Froggy Plays Soccer
Mammano Rhinos Who Play Soccer
Martin Swish!
Paxton The Jungle Baseball Game
Robbins At the Ball Park
Rockwell Morgan Plays Soccer
Stevenson Sam the Zamboni Man
Tryon Albert's Ballgame
Tavares Zachary's Ball
Welch Playing Right Field

Coping with Loss

Found in the JJ (picture books) section
Aliki The Two of Them (Grandfather)
Barron, T.A. Where is Grandpa? (Grandfather)
Bunting, Eve On Call Back Mountain (Older Friend)
Bunting, Eve Rudi's Pond (Classmate)
Carlstrom, Nancy Blow Me a Kiss, Miss Lilly (Older Friend)
Carson, Jo You hold me and I'll hold you (Great Aunt)
DePaola, Tomie Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs
(Grandmother and Great- grandmother)
Gould, Deborah Grandpa's Slide Show (Grandfather)
Leavy, Una Good-bye, Papa
Miles, Miska Annie and the Old One (Grandmother)
Taha, Karen A Gift for Tia Rosa (Older Friend)
Varley, Susan Badger's Parting Gifts (Older Friend)
Wild, Margaret Old Pig (Grandmother)
Yolen, Jane Grandad Bill's Song (Grandfather)
Zolotow, Charlotte My Grandson Lew (Grandfather)
Found in juvenile non-fiction
J 128 Ber When people die
J 155.9 Bro When dinosaurs die
J 155.9 Edw Saying goodbye to a brother or sister
J 155.9 Edw Saying goodbye to a friend
J 155.9 Edw Saying goodbye to a grandparent
J 155.9 Edw Saying goodbye to a parent
J 811.54 Gri What is goodbye?
J 155.9 Gro Talking about death: a dialogue between parent and child
J 155.937 Jos The goodbye boat
J 155.9 Les Learning to say good-bye; when a parent dies
J 155.937 Mac Why do people die? Helping your child understand
J 155.9 Rom What on earth do you do when someone dies
  Compiled by the Gleason Library Children's Department October 2003
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Found in the JJ (picture books) section (unless other call number is given)
Averill, Ester The Fire Cat (JJ/ER)
Benjamin, Cynthia I am a Firefighter (JJ/BB)
Boelts, Maribeth Firefighter's Thanksgiving
Bond, Felicia Poinsettia and the Firefighters
Demarest, Chris Firefighters A to Z
Desimini, Lisa Dot the Fire Dog
Gergely, Tibor Fire Engine Book
Gibbons, Gail Fire! Fire!
Graham, Tom Five Little Firefighters
Greene, Rhonda G. Fire Bears: The Rescue Team
Hamilton, Kersten Firefighters to the Rescue
Harper, Jamie Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill
Hayward, Linda A Day in the Life of a Firefighter
Hubbell, Patricia Firefighters: Speeding! Spraying! Saving!
Krensky, Stephen Spark the Firefighter
Lenski, Lois Little Fire Engine
McGuire, Leslie Big Frank's Fire Truck (JJ/pb)
McMillan, Bruce Fire Engine Shapes
Mammano, Julie Rhinos Who Rescue
Martin, Bill Fire! Fire! Said Mrs. McGuire
Osborne, Mary New York's Bravest
Rex, Michael My Fire Engine
Rockwell, Anne Fire Engines
Royston, Angela Fire Fighter (JJ/ER)
Simon, Norma Firefighters (also in J 363.37)
Simon, Seymour Fighting Fires (JJ/ER)
Sis, Peter Fire Truck
Slater, Dashka Firefighters in the Dark
Teague, Mark Firehouse!
Whiting, Susan The Firefighters
Yee, Wong Herbert Fireman Small
Yee, Wong Herbert Fireman Small: Fire Down Below
Yee, Wong Herbert Fireman Small to the Rescue (JJ/BB)
Zimmerman, Andrea Fire Engine Man
Zimmerman, Andrea Fire! Fire! Hurry! Hurry!
Found in juvenile non-fiction
J 363.37 Masoff Fire!
J 363.37 Schomp If You Were a Firefighter
J 363.37 Winkleman Firehouse
J 628.9 Gibbons Fire! Fire!
J 628.9 Kuklin Fighting Fires
J 628.9 Maas Firefighters
JJ 628.9 Marston Firetrucks
J 628.9 Miller Fireboy to the Rescue
J 628.9 Minden Firefighters
J 628.9 Mudd-Ruth Firefighting: Behind the Scenes
J 626.9 Otfinoski To the Rescue: Fire Trucks Then and Now
J 634.9 Demarest Hotshots
J 636.7 Simon Fire Fighters (also in JJ 636 Simon)
  Updated by the Gleason Library Children's Department September 2010
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Princess Books

Found in the JJ (picture books) section
Auch, Mary Jane Princess and the Pizza
Bateman, Teresa Princesses Have a Ball
Carlow, Emma Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress
Cartwright, Stephen The Usborne Book of Princess Stories
Coyle, Carmela Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?
Edmonds, Lyra An African Princess
Funke, Cornelia Princess Knight
Goodart Arthur's Tractor
Holabird, Katharine Angelina and the Princess
Karlin, Barbara Cinderella
Kastner, Jill Princess Dinosaur
Kleven, Elisa The Paper Princess
Koller, Jackie Horace the Horrible
Lester, Helen Princess Penelope's Parrot
Lum, Kate Princesses Are Not Quitters
Milord, Susan Willa the Wonderful
Perrault, Charles Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper
Scott-Mitchell, Clare Cinderella
Stevens, Janet The Princess and the Pea
Tyler, Anne Tumble Tower
Willard, Nancy Cinderella's Dress
Folk Tales (J 398.2)
J 398.2 Anderson The Princess and the Pea (in Tales of Hans Christian Anderson)
J 398.2 Climo A Treasury of Princesses
J 398.2 Craft Cinderella
J 398.2 Craft Sleeping Beauty
J 398.2 Dalton The Starlight Princess & Other Princess Stories
J 398.2 McClintock Cinderella
J 398.2 Pri Princess: the Essential Guide
J 745.5 Hauser Princess Crafts
  Compiled by the Gleason Library Children's Department January 2006
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