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Favorite Books for Pre-Readers

We surveyed early childhood experts to create this list of favorite books for preschoolers.
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Harold's ABC
by Crockett Johnson Illustrated by Crockett Johnson
With his magic purple crayon, Harold journeys from A to Z, each letter generating a picture. . . . An ingenious combination of verbal and visual appeal. H.
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Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann Illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

In this practically wordless bedtime story, a weary zoo keeper bids good night to his charges and then goes home to bed. He doesn't notice, however, that clever Gorilla has pickpocketed his keys and is letting the animals out of their cages, one by one.

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Hardcover Picturebooks : $11.99

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Paperback Picturebooks : $4.79

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Franklin Says "I Love You"
Series: Franklin
by Paulette Bourgeois , Paulette Bougeoise Illustrated by Brenda Clark

Franklin is a very lucky turtle. He has the best friends, the best little sister, the best goldfish and, of course, the best mother. But when he discovers that his mother's birthday is coming up, he can't find the best present.

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Fidgety Fish
by Ruth Galloway Illustrated by Ruth Galloway

Tiddler is a very fidgety fish. So much so, that when his mother has had enough, she sends him out into the sea to swim, "Watch out for the Big Fish," she warns. Tiddler flips and glides and swims faster than a rocket.

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Corduroy - DDA
by Don Freeman Illustrated by Don Freeman
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Paperback Picturebooks : $4.79

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A Color of His Own
by Leo Lionni Illustrated by Leo Lionni

Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Tigers have black and orange stripes. It seems that every animal has its own distinctive color, except the chameleon. And that makes the little chameleon hero of this picture book very sad. Every time he moves, he changes color!

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Board Picturebooks : $5.59

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Clifford the Big Red Dog
Series: Clifford
by Norman Bridwell , Scholastic Illustrated by Norman Bridwell

It only takes a little to BE BIG!

Meet Clifford and Emily Elizabeth in the original Clifford book! Clifford is big. Clifford is red. But most of all, Clifford knows how to BE A GOOD FRIEND.

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Audiobook Read-alongs : $6.96

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Paperbacks : $2.79

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A Chair for My Mother
by Vera B. Williams

Acclaimed author/illustrator Vera Williams tells of a young girl, who along with her waitress mother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they can someday buy a big, new, comfortable chair for their apartment, the kind of chair her mother deserves after being on her feet all day in the Blue Tile Diner.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst Illustrated by Ray Cruz

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.

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