Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners
By Judy Sierra, illustrated by Tim Bowers
Published 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
This is the kind of "lessons" book that I like to see - it teaches its lesson without being boring or preachy. I mean, most kids love dinosaurs, so why not use them to teach kids manners? The book is told in a fun way, perfect for storytime, with bright and interesting illustrations. Kids can shout out the answers to each etiquette situation and have fun with this one. Really charming.
My Dog Thinks I'm a Genius
By Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Barroux
Published 2011 by Blue Apple Books
This was our community read book for the youngest audience, so I saw a lot of this book over the last few months. It's a cute story about a boy who loves to paint and show off his work to his dog, Louie. Then Louie tries creating a masterpiece of his own. It's just a fun story about art and works well with the storytime crowd.
The House of 12 Bunnies
By Caroline Stills & Sarcia Stills-Blott, illustrated by Judith Rossell
Published 2012 by Holiday House
This is a cute book about a mother bunny who has lost something and is looking for it as the house prepares for bedtime. What is she missing? Will she find it? This story would work best one-on-one, as there is plenty to see and talk about on every page spread. It's a good opportunity to practice counting, as well. Very cute illustrations - perfect for the target age group.
Wolf Won't Bite!
By Emily Gravett
Published 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books
I'm a big fan of Emily Gravett's books - she always does something really unique and interesting with them, and they often work fantastically for practicing early literacy skills. In this one, Gravett offers a different take on the three little pigs story, where the pigs are absolutely certain that the wolf won't really bite. Are they right? Kids will love the suspense as the read about the pigs' antics and discover if the title is true.