Classic Picture Books
In this contemporary classic, veteran children's author Viorst introduces us to Alexander, a kid with an unruly crop of hair, who gets out of bed to face a day that seems to grow increasingly worse with each passing minute.
Since it was first published in 1902, Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit has become one of the undisputed classics of children's literature — so classic, in fact, that generations of children have grown up thinking of it as a traditional folktale.
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck — all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages.
A peddler walks from town to town, selling the caps he proudly balances in a stack on his head:
"First he had on his own checked cap, then a bunch of gray caps, then a bunch of brown caps, then a bunch of blue caps, and on the very top a bunch of red caps."
George, a small African monkey, is taken from his jungle home to live in a big city Zoo. Along the way, sailors save him from the sea, angry firemen put him in jail, and stolen balloons fly him high above the city — all because he is a curious little monkey!
This is the first of the five classic books about Little Bear, introducing the funny and strikingly childlike bear cub and his friends.
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain. This classic story about the Little Blue Engine who says "I think I can, I think I can" continues to be a popular favorite.
A cranky neighbor puts Lyle in the zoo, but experiences a change of heart when the crocodile saves him from a fire.
Praise for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
"Lyle is as lovable as ever and the story and colored pictures as nonsensical". — Booklist
The New York Times describes Robert McCloskey's Caldecott Medal-winning book as "one of the merriest picture books ever." Young children will delight in the story of a mother duck's search for the perfect place to lay her eggs, as well as her loving protection of the brood once they are hatched.
Wake up with Peter to a snow-covered day where adventure awaits. In simple words and beautiful pictures, this Caldecott-winning book conveys the silent wonder of a city snowfall and a small boy's solitary delight in it.
Praise for The Snowy Day
All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers than fight.
Now available in paperback, this classic Chinese legend tells the story of a boy who nearly drowns in a well because his brother cannot pronounce his very, very long name fast enough for an old man to save him. The lovely drawings capture the beauty of rural China.