The City Library: Library Journal's Library of the Year 2006
Booklists by Subject
Stories in Rhyme
Aunt Lucy Went to Buy a Hat
A tale of a woman who sets out to replace her lost hat, but ends up with a cat and a succession of other items instead.
Arabella Miller's tiny caterpillar
A little girl feeds a tiny caterpillar and watches him grow into a butterfly.
llustrations and rhyming text reveal the great variety of beetles and their swirling, humming, crashing activities.
Bright and Early Thursday Evening
A nonsense tale featuring a series of impossible occurrences, such as a bald-headed baby with hair hanging over its eyes, and an egg-laying rooster. This author has lots of rhyming books.
The Day the Babies Crawled Away
A boy follows five babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.
Illustrations and text present all kinds of dinosaurs, including ones that sweet, grumpy, spiky, or lumpy.
Down on the Farm
Simple text describes the sounds and activities of animals during a day on the farm.
Edward the Emu
Tired of being an emu, Edward decides to try being like other animals at the zoo, but he soon discovers that being himself is the best after all.
Falling for Rapunzel
To rescue Rapunzel from her tower, a prince yells for her to throw down her hair, but being too far away to hear clearly, she tosses out various items from her room, including her maid!
A counting book depicting the colorful fish a child might see if s/he turned into a fish him/herself!
Gus and Button
Gus and his dog, Button, leave their white world to brave the scary forest and discover color. Every bit of illustration (character and landscape alike) is crafted from real fruits and vegetables. One in a series of books by the author and illustrator.
Hey Mr. Choo-Choo, where are you going?
A train engine hauls his cars from the city to the sea, answering questions about what he is pulling, seeing, and hearing along
Hilda Must Be Dancing
None of her jungle friends can find Hilda Hippo a quieter, less disruptive replacement for dancing, her favorite hobby, until Water Buffalo suggests an activity that allows Hilda to express her dance creativity in a new way.
Horton Hears a Who
A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton's friend that Whos really exist. All of the books by this author rhyme! Read them all!
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
Describes how a dinosaur eats, with no rude behavior or noises, while sitting still. The latest in a series.
I ain't gonna paint no more!
In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.
I Knew Two Who Said Moo
A counting AND rhyming book! Rhyming lines feature the numbers one through ten.
If animals kissed good night
Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.
Is Your Mama a Llama?
A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out that their mothers are all other types of animals.
It's not fair
Assorted children, animals, creatures, and objects all wonder why life is not always fair.
Little Bo Peep can't get to sleep
An original nursery rhyme that relates how worried Little Bo Peep is about her lost sheep and whether she should tell her parents the sheep are gone, as well as which familiar characters she went to for help.
Llama, llama red pajama
llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.
Marsupial Sue, a young kangaroo, finds happiness in doing what kangaroos do!
No matter what
In rhyming text, a baby elephant is assured of being loved unconditionally.
Feeling neglected, Nora makes more and more noise to attract her parents' attention.
Oodles of animals
Short, easy to read rhymes reveal what is unique about various animals, from ape to wolf.
Old MacNoah had an ark
After building his ark and loading it with animals, Old MacNoah must deal with mealtimes and their aftermath on the high seas.
Old MacDonald in the City
Increasing numbers of different animals, from one horse to ten ants, try to steal food from Old MacDonald's corner food cart.
A five-year-old boy thinks his body is falling apart until he learns new teeth grow and skin and hair replace themselves. There are two sequels to this funny book.
Toy dogs go on air patrols to make sure that none of the other toys in a child's room go missing.
Puppies and piggies
Rhyming text describes what various animals do and what they love, as well as a baby who loves his bed and his mother.
The Seven Silly Eaters
One of Mrs. Peters' children will only drink milk. Another will only drink pink lemonade. A third only eats applesauce. Poor Mrs. Peters! She has seven children and each one has his or her own special dish.
Sheep in a Jeep
A record of the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.
Snowmen at Night
Snowmen play games at night when no one is watching. A new Christmas-themed sequel to this book was just published.
Someday when my cat can talk
A girl imagines what her cat would tell her about its exotic travels to such places as the foggy English coast, Spanish bullfights, and an art gallery in Monmartre, France. Includes facts about the places mentioned.
Stella, unleashed : notes from the doghouse
The family dog describes her life in a series of rhymes.
Stuck in the mud
Summary In this cumulative, rhyming story, a little chick needs help from all his farmyard friends to get out of the mud.
Illustrations and simple rhyming text tell the story of a big truck that gets stuck under a bridge.
Twenty-six princesses, one for each letter of the alphabet, go to a party at the prince's castle.
We've All Got Bellybuttons
Various animals invite the reader to what their different body parts can do, including their tickly belly buttons.
Where's my mom?
"Originally published as 'Monkey Puzzle' in Great Britain . Summary A butterfly tries to help a lost young monkey find its mother in the jungle, meeting many different animals along the way.
Wild About Books
A librarian named Molly McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.
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