recommended reading for ages 2-7


A good read-aloud

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
A short bedtime story.


Simplicity is hard to find

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
A simple bedtime book


Books make bedtime easier

Jennifer Minicus | 2011
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Another of Jerry Pinkney's delightful picture books.


Overscheduled children and overtired parents

Jane Fagan | 2013
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
A picture book that highlights family time.


Why do boys love trucks so much?

Jane Fagan | 2011
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A bestselling picture book for nearly three years.


Book Reviews

Have you ever watched the stars with your child?

Jane Fagan | 2012
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Children love to count them and watch for a falling star...


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Do children still use their imagination?

Jane Fagan | 2012
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
An Australian Children's Book Council winner.


A story that tugs at the heart

Jane Fagan | 1958
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A classic read-aloud for younger children.


Why children are wiser (and happier) than adults

Clare Cannon | 2012
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
I think G. K. Chesterton would have liked this Caldecott Honor book.


Bob Dylan turns book writer

Jennifer Minicus | 2010
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A captivating combination of music and text.


A picture book "must have"

Jane Fagan | 2012
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A bestseller for bird lovers and an intensely moving story of children's love for their mother.


Not all books should be read sitting down

Emily Castilla | 2013
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Can a young child learn to exercise?


A Picture is Worth a Thousand...Songs?

Emily Castilla | 2011
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
A delightful new character has entered the world of picture books.


Under the Baobab Tree

Jennifer Minicus | 2012
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
A simple picture book about village life.


That's What I'd Do

Jennifer Minicus | 2012
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Simply enchanting.


Fun for Animal Lovers

Emily Castilla |
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
For children who love animals, these picture books are a fun read.


Audrey and Don Wood

Jennifer Minicus | 1980's
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
At the suggestion of one of our subscribers,


Book Reviews

The Picture Books of Robert McCloskey

Margaret Hannon |
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Few authors have won as many Caldecott awards as Robert McCloskey.


Book Reviews

A Tour of London: Nelson 'n' Deck

Carolyn Moynihan | 2011
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Visiting London for the Olympics? This book makes London fun for kids.


The Biggest Bear

Margaret Hannon | 1973
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A tale of love and duty with a surprise ending.

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