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.


October's Featured Books

The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book

12 to 17 Months Poetry/Songs

Need a refresher on popular nursery rhymes and finger plays? This is the board book for you! Colorful illustrations accompany rhymes, games and finger plays that will soon have your toddler singing and playing along.

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My Grandfather's Coat

4-Year-Olds Storybooks

Jim Aylesworth tells an inspiring story of a resourceful and thrifty young man who immigrated to America. The story is narrated by a grandchild, who takes the reader on a life journey of the grandfather and his growing family.

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Big Fat Hen

4-Year-Olds Poetry/Songs

This award-winning book is a colorful and beautifully illustrated rendition of the traditional nursery rhyme, “1, 2, Buckle My Shoe.”

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Cats Meow!

3-Year-Olds Nonfiction

This book has two types of text: one page has easy-to-read bold text with simple rhyming sentences; the other has additional tidbits that are great conversation starters and vocabulary builders for your child.

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