recommended reading for ages 2-7


Rain keeps the Big Bad Wolf indoors

Jennifer Minicus | 2015
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A twist on the traditional Little Three Pigs.


Everyone needs a friend

Jennifer Minicus | 2016
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Everyone has a gift to share.


Book Reviews

Surf's up on Christmas Day

Jane Fagan | 2015
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
New lyrics for a beloved Christmas song.


Bedtime proves challenging for older siblings

Jane Fagan | 2015
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Jessie's big sister can't sleep.


Kindness comes in many shapes and sizes

Jennifer Minicus | 2015
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A picture book that speaks volumes without words.


Boy beats boredom with a balloon

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Nothing ever seems to happen in Sebastian's neighborhood.


Birds of a feather flock together

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Mr. Brown is proud of his hat.


A picture book that teaches logic

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Every image provokes conversation.


A mother's embrace warms the heart

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
A touching tale from Africa.


The imagination provides a convenient means of transportation

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Delightful picture books for children ages 4-8.


The man behind the award

Jennifer Minicus | 2007
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Randolph Caldecott's illustrations have provided inspiration for hundreds of children's picture books.


Friendship does not always require words

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
This author says it all with pictures.


Love thy neighbor - even when it is difficult

Jane Fagan | 2012
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Unusual neighbors bring adventure to Tilda's dull town.


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...


Book Reviews

Do children still use their imagination?

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

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