Diverse cast of characters - Preschool (3-5)

Albaut, Corinne | Arno (illustrator) | 2005
Nights of the world
Using sliding-tabs, readers can peek through the "shutters" and see how children in different countries spend their days and nights.

Beaumont, Karen | Pham, LeUyen (illustrator) | 2011
Four girls go in search of the perfect pair of party shoes.

Bryan, Ashley | 2010
All things bright and beautiful
Cecil Frances Alexander's poem is brilliantly illustrated by Ashley Bryan. The bold, double page spreads feature children from the world over, and vibrant paper cut-outs of all manner of creatures, fruits and veggies in colours of the rainbow.

Bunting, Eve | Hamanaka, Sheila (illustrator) | 1993
Quiet, please
Text and illustrations present simple reflections on quiet moments in nature.

Child's Play International | Stockham, Jess (illustrator) | 2009
Sleepover (First Time Series)
An African boy experiences his first-ever sleepover at a friend's house, and enjoys playing, sharing, and following a bedtime routine.

Crews, Nina | 2004
The neighborhood mother goose
Nina Crews has added her own remarkable, jazzy style of illustration to a collection of forty-one favorite verses. Whether it's Jack jumping over a candlestick (atop a cupcake), Georgie Porgie kissing the girls (at the playground), or a fine lady riding a white horse (on the carousel), this exuberant treasury is sure to be read and enjoyed over and over again.

Fox, Mem | Staub, Leslie (illustrator) | 1997
Whoever you are
Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

Gerstein, Mordicai | 2011
Dear hot dog
Whether it's drifting off to sleep, soaking up some sun at the beach, or sluring up spaghetti at supper, everyday joys are celebrated in t his celverly crafted poetry collection. (The cover of this book shows a brown boy sleeping peacefully).

Grimes, Nikki | Widener, Terry (illustrator) | 2000
Shoe magic
Poems describe the different shoes children wear--including sandals, running shoes, golf shoes, and work boots--and the career dreams that go with them.

Guidone, Thea | Newton, Vanessa (illustrator) | 2010
Drum City
A young boy begins banging on pots and pans in his front yard, enticing other children to join him, and before long the entire city is feeling the beat.

Hamanaka, Sheila | 1994
All the colors of the earth
Reveals in verse that despite outward differences children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable.

Hudson, Wade | Freeman, Laura (illustrator) | 2008
Places I love to go
A little boy tells of the many places he loves to visit, including the park, Grandpa's house, the beach and the movies.

Isadora, Rachel | 1983
City seen from A to Z
Twenty-six black and white drawings of scenes of city life suggest words beginning with each letter of the alphabet.

Jacobs, Paul DuBois & Swender, Jennifer | Lee, Huy Voun (illustrator) | 2010
Fire Drill
In this story told in brief, rhyming text, students in a class follow the proper procedures during a fire drill.

Joosse, Barbara M. | Sayles, Elizabeth (illustrator) | 2008
In the night garden
Three friends play in a garden before bedtime, each one imagining herself a different animal.

Jonas, Ann | 1989
Color dance
Four dancers show how colors combine to create different colors.

Kaner, Etta | Lafrance, Marie (illustrator) | 2007
Who likes the rain?
Rain makes puddles for jumping in, helps birds clean their feathers and brings out snails and worms. But what is rain? And how does it transform the world around us? -- Simple text and light-hearted illustrations on folded pages open up to reveal more detailed text about rain hidden below.

Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue | 2012
Same, same but different
Pen pals Elliot and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries -- America and India -- they both love to climb trees, care for pets, and ride school buses.

Nikola-Lisa, W. | Bryant, Michael (illustrator) | 1994
Bein' with you this way
A girl visits the park and rounds up a group of friends for fun and games. Along the way they discover that despite physical differences, they are all really the same. (From bookflap)

Nikola-Lisa, W. | Reed, Mike (illustrator) | 1997
Shake dem Halloween bones
A rhythmic tale about different fairy tale characters who attend a hip-hop Halloween ball.

Mora, Pat | López, Rafael (illustrator) | 2009
Book fiesta! : celebrate children's day / book day = Celebremos El día de los niños / El día de los libros
Children read aloud in various settings to celebrate of El día de los niños, or Children’s Day, in this bilingual story. Includes facts about Mexico’s annual celebration of children and the book fiestas that are often included.

Mora, Pat | Ancona, George (photographer) | 2008
Join hands!
Singing, dancing, playing, and just being silly are all more fun when friends share those moments. Pat Mora weaves the repeating lines of a pantoum, a Malaysian poetic form, into a joyful tribute to community, matched perfectly by George Ancona's energetic photos.

Park, Linda Sue & Durango, Julia | Ramá, Sue (illustrator) | 2005
Yum! Yuck! : A foldout book of people sounds
What sounds do people make to show their feelings? And how are these sounds expressed in different languages? Look at the faces for a hint, sound out the foreign words, then lift the page for the English word. (from back cover)

Paschkis, Julie | 2012
Apple cake: a recipe for love
Ida always has her nose in a book and Alfonso is unable to get her attention until he bakes a very special apple cake for her. Includes cake recipe.

Rosen, Michael | Reynolds, Adrian (illustrator) | 2007
Bear's day out
When Bear decides to visit the city, he becomes overwhelmed with all the noise, but luckily some helpful children guide him on his way home again.

Rosen, Michael | Reynolds, Adrian (illustrator) | 2009
Bear flies high
Bear usually spends his days on the beach, singing and watching birds, but when he leaves to visit a carnival, his dream of flying may just come true.

Rotner, Shelley & Calcagnino, Steve | 2000
The body book
Simple text and photographs present some of the parts of the human body, including eyes, nose, hands, legs, and toes.

Rotner, Shelley & Kelly, Sheila M. | 1996
Lots of moms
Photographs and brief text depict a variety of mothers engaged in different activities, with emphasis on the similarities of mothers everywhere.

Root, Phyllis | Cecil, Randy (illustrator) | 2006
Looking for a moose
Four children set off into the woods to find a moose.

Schaefer, Carole Lexa | Morgan, Pierr | 2008
Kids like us
On a gray drizzly day, school children imagine themselves as many different things, from firefighters to dinosaurs to kinds and queens.

Siddals, Mary McKenna | Wisniewski, David (illustrator) | 2000
I'll play with you
A child speaks to the sun, wind, clouds, rain, stars, and moon, asking to play with them.

Smith Jr., Charles R. | Jones, Noah Z. (illustrator) | 2008
Dance with me
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text encourage the reader to shake, wiggle and twirl to the beat.

Swain, Gwenyth | (Various photographers) | 2007
Explores the importance of smiling to people all over the world.

Tutu, Desmond & Abrams, Douglas Carlton | Pham, LeUyen (illustrator) | 2008
God's dream
An introduction for the youngest readers to Archbishop Tutu’s message of forgiveness and empathy.

Walker, Rob D. | Dillon, Leo & Diane (illustrators) | 2009
Mama says: A book of love for mothers and sons
In simple words and stunning paintings, Mama Says captures the universal bond between mothers and their children. (front jacket flap)

Weatherford, Carole Boston | Freeman, Laura (illustrator) | 2002
Jazz baby
A group of toddlers move and play, hum and sleep to a jazz beat.

Williams, Vera B. | 1990
More more more said the baby
Three babies are caught up in the air and given loving attention by a father, a grandmother and a mother.

Wong, Janet S. | Paschkis, Julie (illustrator) | 2007
Twist: yoga poems
A collection of poems composed to inspire different yoga poses.