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.


December's Featured Books

Did You?…Peek-a-Boo!

6 to 11 Months Concept

Who drew the funny face? Who ate the cookie? Who lost their pajamas? This lift-the-flap book will have your little one giggling with joy as she meets a silly group of baby friends.

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Giraffes Can’t Dance

5-Year-Olds Storybooks

Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but gets discouraged by his clumsiness and the teasing by the other animals. After encouraging words from a friend, Gerald discovers that he can dance in ways that amaze everyone!

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Bear With Me

4-Year-Olds Storybooks

When Owen’s parents bring home a bear named Gary to complete their family, Owen is not happy at all. Though it takes Owen time to get used to Gary, he grows to love him.

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If I Were a Cat

Birth to 5 Months Predictable Text

This sturdy board book combines large, vivid pictures of adorable cats with funny, melodic text. With its enchanting pictures, this book is sure to become one of your baby’s favorite stories.

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The House in the Night

3-Year-Olds Concept

This book combines a routine that your child can relate to with an adventure to the moon and back! There are so many things to see and many opportunities to engage your child in conversation.

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