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:

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October's Featured Books

The Ear Book

6 to 11 Months Concept

This small board book is an introduction to our sense of hearing and the things we hear every day. Simple pictures and rhythmic text make it a good choice for little eyes and ears. Emphasize the each of the fun sounds in the book to help build beginning reading skills like oral language.

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Daniel's Pet

24 to 35 Months Storybooks

This simple book about a little boy and his unusual pet will keep your child engaged with colorful pictures and a surprise ending. The story is bilingual, so it provides rich vocabulary-building opportunities.

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I'm Not Sleepy!

12 to 17 Months Storybooks

Join Baby Owl in this entertaining bedtime story and find out how Dad finally gets Baby Owl to sleep. This may become one of your toddler’s bedtime favorites.

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Woof: A Love Story

5-Year-Olds Poetry/SongsStorybooks

When a dog falls in love with the cat next door, he does all he can to express how he feels. Despite the dog's best efforts, the cat just doesn’t understand him, and thinks he's like any other dog who dislikes cats. But when the dog expresses himself through the universal language of music, the cat finally understands -- and their friendship blossoms.

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Who Are They?

Birth to 5 Months Concept

This wordless black-and-white picture book will make your baby’s first reading experiences fun, engaging and memorable! This book was designed with your baby’s eyes in mind, so that she can see the images clearly. Use this book to introduce her to new animal words and maybe even funny animal sounds.

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