Why These Books?

The following books have been carefully selected by the Nemours BrightStart! early literacy specialists based on a number of characteristics such as:

  • appropriateness for the age level
  • quality of literature and appealing illustrations
  • variety in genre
  • appeal of the story or subject matter
  • selection of well-known and less-known authors
  • literary awards earned, such as the Caldecott Award

These books provide opportunities to teach children the four skills shown to predict reading success:

Keep your child excited about reading by checking back for new book lists and trying the suggested activities with other books your child enjoys.


January's Featured Books

Where is Maisy?

12 to 17 Months6 to 11 Months Predictable Text

This board book for young children uses repetitive phrases to ask Maisy is hiding. Each page contains flaps and doors that open to reveal the answer to the question. Bold print and colorful, simple images attract children’s attention, and opening the flaps builds fine motor coordination that helps to develop writing and book handling skills later.

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Doctor Maisy

18 to 23 Months Concept

Going to the doctor can be scary for young children. In this book, Maisy and her friend Tallulah pretend to be a doctor and nurse while playing hospital. Filled with colorful pictures and easy to read text, this book joins Dr. Maisy and Nurse Tallulah as they take good care of Panda.

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Peekaboo Bedtime

Birth to 5 Months Predictable TextStorybooks

Peekaboo Bedtime illustrates a toddler’s game of peekaboo with everyone he sees on his way to bed. Beautiful and large illustrations of smiling faces will engage even the youngest eyes. As your baby grows into a toddler, she will enjoy the predictable text and visual clues that hint as to what is coming next. Bedtime stories are a great way to help your baby relax and build beginning reading skills.

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Little Owl Lost

12 to 17 Months Predictable TextStorybooks

This book's predictable text and colorful artwork will captivate your toddler as he reads about Little Owl’s journey to find his mommy. When you encourage your child to explore the book with you, you're helping him develop beginning writing and other early reading skills.

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I Go!

4-Year-Olds Predictable Text

This book’s simple, repetitive sentences will help your child build confidence in her beginning reading skills as she starts to recognize the familiar sentences on each page.

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Llama Llama Holiday Drama

5-Year-Olds Poetry/SongsStorybooks

In this delightful and relatable tale, Llama Llama is excited for the holidays, but grows overwhelmed by all the festivities and the endless wait for presents! Mama Llama, quick to calm and soothe Llama Llama, reminds him of the true gifts of the season.

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Mouse's First Snow

18 to 23 Months

This sweet story about Mouse, his Poppa, and some fresh snow is a great way to introduce concepts like winter, snow, and fun family activities. Action and sound words, rhymes and predictable text make this story interactive and enjoyable -- while promoting beginning reading skills.

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The Noisy Way to Bed

3-Year-Olds Predictable Text

Read along as the main character journeys through the farm — meeting some interesting and noisy friends along the way. The author’s use of predictable text and rhyming verses will build your child’s excitement about reading and help develop beginning reading skills.

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Little Hide and Seek: Baby Animals

24 to 35 Months NonfictionPredictable Text

This book's "I-spy" format creates a great environment for talking about the animals your child finds. Look for the featured animal on each page, or make it more challenging by looking for other suggested animals. The surprise pop-out spread at the end creates an extra big hide-and-seek scene -- perfect for building pre-reading skills.

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