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A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon
In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
by Doreen Cronin
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
Clifford the Big Red Dog
by Norman Bridwell
Emily Elizabeth has a dog. He is big. He is red. He is Clifford!
by Don Freeman
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.
Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
Growing Vegetable Soup
by Lois Ehlert
A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
by Karen Beaumont
In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.
Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M. Joosse
A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional.
No, David!
by David Shannon
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.
The Lady with the Alligator Purse
by Nadine Westcott
The old jump rope/nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild thing where he becomes their king.
Updated 02/23/2013
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