Aardema, Verna | Vidal, Beatrice (illustrator) | 1981
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain
A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-striken Kapiti Plain.

Ashburn, Boni | Denos, Julia (illustrator) | 2011
I had a favorite dress
My favorite dress is the bestest dress. But even special dresses can't last forever. Neither can favorite scarves, or favorite bows. Whenever it looks like my favorite thing is gone for good, I ask my mama what to do. She always knows just how to fix up my old favorite into something new... (from the front jacket flap)

Asim, Jabari | Pham, LeUyen (illustrator) | 2006
(infant/toddler book)
Whose knees are these?
Takes a loving look at knees from the vantage point of a mother's lap.

Asim, Jabari | Pham, LeUyen (illustrator) | 2006
(infant/toddler book)
Whose toes are those?
Children are invited to explore their toes by playing "this little piggy."

Baicker, Karen | Wilson-Max, Ken (illustrator) | 2003
I can do it too!
Whatever is happening, whether making cookies or pouring juice or riding a bicycle, our little heroine wants to join in with the fun. With caring support from her family and many friends, she not only finds she can do it too, but soon she is big enough to pass on loving encouragement to a younger sibling.

Bang, Molly | 1983
(infant/toddler book)
Ten, nine, eight
A father prepares his little girl for bed with a warm and reassuring countdown to the land of dreams. Caldecott Honor Book.

Belafonte, Harry & Lord Burgess | Ayliffe, Alex (illustrator) | 1999
Island in the sun
Illustrations accompany the words to a song made popular by Harry Belafonte, paying tribute to his island childhood.

Bluemle, Elizabeth | Cecil, Randy (illustrator) | 2009
How do you wokka-wokka?
A young boy who likes to "wokka-wokka, shimmy-shake, and shocka-shocka" gathers neighbors together for a surprise celebration.

Bradby, Marie | Rand, Ted (illustrator) | 2002
Once upon a farm
Illustrations and simple rhyming text recall life on a family farm.

Brown, Margaret Wise | Dillon, Leo & Diane | 2001
Two little trains
Two little trains, one streamlined, the other old-fashioned, puff, puff, puff, and chug, chug, chug on their way West.

Browne, Eileen | 1994
Handa's surprise
Handa puts seven delicious fruits into a basket to take to her friend Akeyo. Along the way, she wonders which fruit Akeyo will like -- little knowing that certain animal critters have been helping themselves to the fruit. What Akeyo finds in the basket at the end of the book is a surprise for both herself and Handa.

Buckley, Helen E. | Ormerod, Jan (illustrator) | 1994
Grandfather and I
A child considers how Grandfather is the perfect person to spend time with because he is never in a hurry.

Buckley, Helen E. | Ormerod, Jan (illustrator) | 1994
Grandmother and I
A child considers how Grandmother's lap is just right for those times when lightning is coming in the window or the cat is missing.

Bunting, Eve | Hewitt, Kathryn (illustrator) | 1994
Flower garden
Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother. Told in rhyme.

Chapman, Cheryl | James, Synthia Saint (illustrator) | 1994
Snow on snow on snow
Repetitive word play is used to tell the story of a little boy who loses and then recovers his dog while sledding in the snow.

Clement, Nathan | 2011
(infant/toddler book)
Job site
A bulldozer, excavator, loader, and other heavy machinery have a job to do at the job site.

Cooke, Trish | Howard, Paul | 2003
Full, full, full of love
For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.

Cooke, Trish | 1994
Mr. Pam Pam and the hullabazoo
Mr. Pam Pam is an imaginative fellow who pays frequent visits to a young boy and his mother.

Cooke, Trish | Oxenbury, Helen (illustrator) | 1994
So much
Relatives arriving in succession give in to their desire to squeeze and kiss and play with baby.

Cotten, Cynthia | Steptoe, Javaka (illustrator) | 2008
Rain play
Most people leave the park when rain begins to fall, while others enjoy the sights, sounds, and feel of the cool water--until thunder and lightning come near.

Cowen-Fletcher, Jane | 1994
It takes a village
On market day in a small village in Benin, Yemi tries to watch her little brother Kokou and finds that the entire village is watching out for him, too.

Crews, Donald | 1992
Shortcut
Children taking a shortcut by walking along a railroad track find excitement and danger when a train approaches.

Crews, Nina | 1995
One hot summer day
Relates a child's activities in the heat of a summer day punctuated by a thunderstorm.

Crews, Nina | 1997
Snowball
The weather report says "snow." Yet there is no sign of it for four days! But oh, when it comes, it is as thick and white and wonderful as the young girl who narrates this story dreamed it would be.

Cumberbatch, Judy | Wilson-Max, Ken (illustrator) | 2006
Can you hear the sea?
Sarah's grandpa gives her a special shell and says if she listens carefully she can hear the sea, but all she hears are everyday village noises.

Cummings, Pat | 2000
Angel baby
In her mother's eyes, Amanda Lynne's baby brother is a perfect angel, but to Amanda the baby doesn't always seem so angelic.

Daly, Niki | 1999
Jamela's dress
Jamela gets in trouble when she takes the material intended for a new dress for Mama, parades it in the street, and allows it to become dirty and torn.

Daly, Niki | 1985
Not so fast Songololo
In South Africa, a young boy shares a special day with his grandmother when they go into the city on a shopping trip.

Dillon, Leo & Diane | 2002
Rap a tap tap: here's Bojangles - think of that!
llustrations and rhyme describe the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.

Donnio, Sylviane | de Monfreid, Dorothée (illustrator) | 2004
I'd really like to eat a child
One morning, Achilles, a young crocodile, insists that he will eat a child that day and refuses all other food, but when he actually finds a little girl, she puts him in his place.

Ehlert, Lois | 1987
Growing vegetable soup
A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into soup.

Evans, Shane W. | 2009
Olu's dream
Olu begs his father to be allowed to stay up and finish a project, but his father insists that he go to sleep, promising that he can have fun overnight, too.

Falwell, Cathryn | 1998
Christmas for ten
Rhyming text presents a traditional Christmas celebration in which various objects and people are counted.

Falwell, Cathryn | 1993
Feast for ten
Numbers from one to ten are used to tell how members of a family shop and work together to prepare a meal.

Falwell, Cathryn | 1992
Shape space
A young gymnast dances her way among geometric shapes.

Foreman, George | Martin, Whitney (illustrator) | 2005
Let George do it!
Five brothers named George, along with Mrs. George, get ready for Big George's birthday party.

Freeman, Don | 1968
Corduroy
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him, he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Giovanni, Nikki | Raschka, Chris (illustrator) | 1996
The genie in the jar
Careful, baby - don't prick your finger! In this hymn to the power of art and love, the words create images of black songs and black loom, inspiring readers to trust their hearts.
Note: This book would work well formulated as a call and response, or to act out in a circle with scarves.

Greenfield, Eloise | Gilchrist, Jan Spivey (illustrator) | 1995
Honey, I love
A little girl describes the many things, people, and experiences she treasures and loves. A rich, rhyming poem.

Grimes, Nikki | Steptoe, Javaka (illustrator) | 2001
A pocketful of poems
Poems and haiku verses provide glimpses of life in the city. Poetry.

Grimes, Nikki | Collier, Bryan (illustrator) | 2006
Welcome, Precious
(infant/toddler book)
Illustrations and text welcome a new baby to some of life's delights, from "the glistening mystery of soap bubbles" to "the swish of leaves in the breeze."

Hayes, Sarah | Ormerod, Jan (illustrator) | 1988
Eat up, Gemma
Baby Gemma refuses to eat, throwing her breakfast on the floor and squashing her grapes, until her brother gets an inspired idea.

Hooks, Bell | Raschka, Chris (illustrator) | 2002
Be boy buzz
With clear and playful words, readers are invited to delight in the pleasures of being Bold, All Bliss Boy, All Bad Boy Beast, Boy Running, Boy Jumping, and just being a boy.

Hooks, Bell | Raschka, Chris (illustrator) | 1999
Happy to be nappy
Celebrates the joy and beauty of nappy hair.

Hooks, Bell | Evans, Shane W. (illustrator) | 2002
Homemade love
Through the constant love and support of her parents, Girlpie learns not to be afraid of the dark.

Hubbell, Patricia | Tate, Don (illustrator) | 2003
Black all around!
An African American girl contemplates the many wonderful black things around her, from the inside of a pocket, where surprises hide, to the cozy night where there is no light.

Hudson, Cheryl Willis | Freeman, Laura (illustrator) | 2008
Clothes I love to wear
A little girl with a passion for fashion and an openness to try any and all sorts of clothes showcases some of her favorites. But will she clean them up after the fashion show is over? Fans of Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy will feel right at home in this short story.

Hudson, Cheryl Willis | Velasquez, Eric (illustrator) | 2010
My friend Maya loves to dance
Maya loves to dance, leap, pirouette, and bow in tutus and leotards or Kente cloth and cowrie shells.

Hughes, Langston | Qualls, Sean (illustrator) | 2013
Lullaby (For a Black Mother)
Originally from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes.
(infant/toddler book)

Hughes, Langston | Smith Jr. Charles R. | 2009
My people
Photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets Langston Hughes' beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

Isadora, Rachel | 2002
Bring on that beat
Illustrations and rhyming text evoke the rhythms of jazz music.

Isadora, Rachel | 2009
The night before Christmas
Rachel Isadora illustrates and retells Clement C. Moore's immortal poem.

Isadora, Rachel | 2008
(infant/toddler book)
Peekaboo bedtime
A toddler plays peekaboo with parents, grandparents, toys and the moon while getting ready for bed.

Isadora, Rachel | 2002
(infant/toddler book)
Peekaboo morning
A toddler plays peekaboo throughout the day.

Isadora, Rachel | 2008
(infant/toddler book)
Uh-oh!
As a toddler keeps getting into mischief all day, the reader is invited to discover the trouble with each page-turn and to say, "uh-oh!"

Isadora, Rachel | 2007
Yo, Jo!
Jomar greets his neighbors using slang, but his grandfather wants to hear some more traditional words.

Johnson, Angela | Ransome, James E. (illustrator) | 1993
The girl who wore snakes
Ali discovers that there is someone else who thinks snakes are beautiful and loves them as much as she does.

Johnson, Angela | Lewis, E. B. (illustrator) | 2007
Lily Brown's paintings
When Lily Brown paints, she imagines all sorts of fantastic things in the scenes that she sees everyday.

Johnson, Angela | Fischer, Scott M. (illustrator) | 2011
Lottie Paris lives here
Relates a day in the life of a little girl who lives with her Papa Pete in a house across from a park.

Johnson, Dinah | Christie, R. Gregory (illustrator) | 2010
Black magic
Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. In this celebration of the African-American spirit, Dinah Johnson and R. Gregory Christie paint a picture of "black" that is vivid, varied and proud.

Jonas, Ann | 1984
The quilt
A child's new patchwork quilt recalls old memories and provides new adventures at bedtime.

Joosse, Barbara | Christie, Gregory (illustrator) | 2004
Hot city
Mimi and her little brother Joe escape from home and the city's summer heat to read and dream about princesses and dinosaurs in the cool, quiet library.

Joosse, Barbara M. | Lavallee, Barbara (illustrator) | 2005
Papa, do you love me?
When a Maasai father answers his son's questions, the boy learns that his father's love for him is unconditional.

Jordan, Delores & Roslyn M. | Evans, Shane W (illustrator) | 2004
Did I tell you I love you today?
A mother describes the many ways that she shows her love for her child throughout the day.

Kaye, Stacey R. | Dulemba, Elizabeth O. (illustrator) | 2008
Ready for the day! : a tale of teamwork and toast, and hardly any foot-dragging
Maya's father helps her get ready for school, offering her choices and helping her through the routines of getting dressed, eating breakfast and brushing her teeth.

Keats, Ezra Jack | 1968
A letter to Amy
Peter wants to invite Amy to his birthday party but he wants it to be a surprise.

Keats, Ezra Jack | 1970
Hi, cat!
Archie's day would have been great if he had not started it by greeting the new cat on the block.

Keats, Ezra Jack | 1972
Pet show
When he can't find his cat to enter in the neighborhood pet show, Archie must do some fast thinking to win a prize.

Keats, Ezra Jack | 1967
Peter's chair
When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.

Keats, Ezra Jack | 1962
The snowy day
Peter wakes up to snow covering everything outside. He goes out and has adventures in the snow. Caldecott Medal.

Keats, Ezra Jack | 1964
Whistle for Willie
Peter longs to be able to whistle for his dog and makes many ingenious attempts.

Keselman, Gabriela | Villamuza, Noemí (illustrator) | 2004
Marc just couldn't sleep
It's bedtime, but Marc just can't sleep. He's scared. He's worried. Mom to the rescue! Although she tries almost everything to calm Marc's fears, his capable and clever mom eventually realizes that the solution is simple (from book flap).

Lee, Spike & Tonya Lewis | Nelson, Kadir (illustrator) | 2002
(infant/toddler book)
Please, baby, please
A toddler's antics keep her mother busy as she tries to feed her, watch her on the playground, give her a bath, and put her to bed.

Lee, Spike & Tonya Lewis | Nelson, Kadir (illustrator) | 2005
Please, puppy, please
Two toddlers have fun with their puppy.

Lessac, Frané | 2005
Island counting 1 2 3
Counts from one to ten, featuring pictures and brief rhyming text with a Caribbean island theme.

Luthardt, Kevin | 2009
Flying!
A boy's simple questions about why he cannot fly lead to an imaginative journey with his father.

Macken, JoAnn Early | Pham, LeUyen (illustrator) | 2004
Sing-along song
A child sings along with the songs made by everyday sounds, from the chirping of a robin in the morning to the cooing of his baby sister as she falls asleep in the evening.

McQuinn, Anna | Beardshaw, Rosalind (illustrator) | 2006
Lola at the library
Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.

McQuinn, Anna | Beardshaw, Rosalind (illustrator) | 2012
Lola reads to Leo
Lola reads storybooks to her new baby brother, Leo, and even though Mommy and Daddy are busy, they still have time to read to Lola at bedtime.

McQuinn, Anna | Beardshaw, Rosalind (illustrator) | 2010
Lola loves stories
Lola loves to hear Daddy read a new library book each night, an activity that spurs her imagination and results in inventive play the next day.

Meadows, Michelle | Litzinger, Rosanne (illustrator) | 2003
The way the storm stops
A mother soothes her child to sleep during a thunderstorm. (Out of print)

Munsch, Robert | Martchenko, Michael (illustrator) | 2001
Up, up, down
Despite the warnings of her mother and father, Anna persists in trying to climb things, until she gets to the top of a tall tree.

Nelson, Kadir | 2005
He's got the whole world in his hands
Kadir Nelson brings his evocative illustrations to this classic spiritual.

Nelson, Marilyn | Kuklin, Susan (photography) | 2009
Beautiful ballerina
Photographs and a simple poem put readers at center stage with young ballerinas from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. (From front jacket flap)

Nichols, Grace | Taylor, Eleanor (2012)
(infant/toddler book)
Whoa, baby, whoa!
A baby finally finds something to do that does not make everyone in the family tell him "No."

Nikola-Lisa, W. | Wilson-Max, Ken (illustrator) | 2004
Setting the turkeys free
When a sly, hungry fox threatens a flock of turkeys, the young artist who drew the birds must find a way to save them.

Onyefulu, Ifeoma | 2009
Grandma comes to stay
In this First Experiences book set in Ghana, Stephanie is getting everything ready because Grandma is coming to stay. Grandma shows Stephanie how to wear traditional dress, reads her favourite book, and takes her to see real-life dancers at a festival. In return, Stephanie shows Grandma how to kick a ball, ride a bike and play the drum. And when it's time for Grandma to go, Stephanie can't wait for her next visit! (from front jacket flap)

Onyefulu, Ifeoma | 2000
A triangle for Adaora: An African book of shapes
Adaora and her cousin search for shapes in their village. Striking photographs that accompany this one-of-a-kind tour through an African village invite young readers into a warm community filled with shapes both familiar and new. (from front jacket flap)

Piernas-Davenport, Gail | Eldridge, Marion (illustrator) | 2007
Shanté Keys and the New Year's peas
When Shanté is sent to find black-eyed peas for her family's New Year's celebration, she learns about each of her neighbor's New Year's traditions in their home countries.

Pinkney, Brian | 1994
Max found two sticks
Although he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage cans.

Pinkney, Andrea | Pinkney, Brian (illustrator) | 1997
(infant/toddler book)
Pretty brown face
A father looks and names all the pretty little parts of his baby's face.

Pinkney, Andrea | Pinkney, Brian (illustrator) | 1997
(infant/toddler book)
Shake, shake, shake
Shake the shekere and keep the beat with this rhythmic book poem about playing this popular and fun musical instrument.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis | Pinkney, Brian (illustrator) | 2004
Sleeping cutie
Cutie LaRue is perfect in nearly every way, but her sleeplessness causes problems for her parents until they send for a new toy that introduces Cutie to the Dreamland Nightclub.


Pinkney, Sandra L. | Pinkney, Myles C. (photography) | 2000
Shades of black: a celebration of our children
Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.

Pringle, Laurence | Palmer, Kate Salley (illustrator) | 1993
Octopus hug
When Mom goes out for the evening, Dad and the kids invent games filled with fun and laughter, and they all learn how to give an octopus hug.


Richmond, Marianne | 2007
I love you so much...
Re-issued with children of color in the illustrations, this book puts into words the often indescribable quality of boundless, steady and unconditional love (from front book jacket flap).

Rosales, Melodye | 1996
'Twas the night before Christmas
Presents a turn-of-the-century black family's encounter with St. Nick as he delivers his presents before flying off into the night.

Rumford, James | 2010
Rain school
It's the first day of school in Chad. Children are filling the road. But when Thomas and the other children arrive at the schoolyard, they find no classroom, no desks. Just a teacher. "We will build our school. This is our first lesson," she says. (From front jacket flap)

Rubin, Susan Goldman | 2009
Jacob Lawrence in the city
Describes the sights and sounds of city life.
(Note: The text is sparse enough to read to infants/toddlers, and the book does come in board book format, but the paintings by Jacob Lawrence will work very well with preschoolers and older children)

Scull, Robert | Lennicx, Michael & Kahata, Etsu (illustrators) | 2002
Happy Valentine's Day! (Little Bill series)
Little Bill shares his love through cards and by saying "I love you!" to all the people in his world whom he loves, including his teacher, friends, siblings and other family members.


Smalls, Irene| Johnson, Cathy Ann (illustrator) | 2005
My Nana and me
A young girl and her grandmother enjoy a day filled with tea parties, hide-and-seek, stories, and plenty of love.

Smalls-Hector, Irene | Hays, Michael (illustrator) | 1992
Jonathan and his mommy
As a mother and son explore their neighborhood, they try various ways of walking - from giant steps and reggae steps to crisscross steps and backward steps.

Smith Jr., Charles R. | 2000
Brown sugar babies
Illustrations and rhyming text describe babies in terms of different sweet and tasty brown treats.


Stock, Catherine | 1991
Secret valentine
A child makes valentines for her family and then adds a special name to her list. On Valentine's Day, she receives a secret valentine in return.

Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie | Hale, Christy (illustrator) | 1998
Elizabeti's doll
When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she finds a rock to make her own baby doll, and names her Eva.


Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie | Hale, Christy (illustrator) | 2000
Mama Elizabeti
When her mother has a new baby, Elizabeti is given charge of her younger brother and finds it more difficult to take care of him than it was to care for her rock doll. Sequel to: Elizabeti's doll.

Taylor, Ann | van Heerden, Marjorie (illustrator) | 1999
(infant/toddler book)
Baby dance
Here's a playful poem that has father and child dancing lovingly across the pages. (From board book back cover)

Walker, Alice | Vitale, Stefano (illustrator) | 2006
There is a flower at the tip of my nose smelling me
Readers young and old are invited to see the world, nature, and themselves, through new eyes.

Wheeler, Lisa | Christie, R. Gregory (illustrator) | 2007
Jazz baby
Baby and his family make some jazzy music, keeping time in chant, song and dance.

Williams, Karen Lynn | Cooper, Floyd (illustrator) | 2010
A beach tail
When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail--and a trail to follow back.

Williams-Garcia, Rita | Reed, Mike (illustrator) | 2000
Catching the wild waiyuuzee
As she tries to escape her mother's efforst to "plait-a-plait" and "string-a-bead" her hair, a young girl imagines herself running away into a jungle.


Woodson, Jacqueline | Blackall, Sophie (illustrator) | 2010
Pecan pie baby
When Mama's pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.

Zolotow, Charlotte | Steptoe, Javaka (illustrator) | 2000
Do you know what I'll do?
A little girl delights her brother with a series of promises about all the wonderful things she'll do to make him happy as they both grow up.