Picture Books

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Grades pre-K through 3 (and beyond)

Chrysanthemum is anxious to go to school for the first time ever.  When she gets there, all of the girls make fun of her name.  Chrysanthemum’s parents support her, but make her keep going to school, where she learns about much more than just reading and writing.

My Rating:  5 stars

 Round Trip by Ann Jonas

Any age/grade

This book is as much artwork as it is a story.  In the story, the reader passes through the country, and into the city, visiting many places. When the book is flipped, the reader takes the trip back, viewing the pictures from a different, yet brilliant point of view.

My rating: 4 stars

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon

Grades Pre-k through 2

Ginny loved school and books, but was sometimes clumsy and saw things in twos.  When she was tested by an eye-doctor, he discovers that Ginny has double vision.  She handles the treatment well, and becomes the pirate of kindergarten.

My Rating: 3 stars

Click, Clack, MOO:  Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Grades Pre-K through 5

Farmer Brown has all kinds of trouble when his cows get hold of a typewriter.  They started typing out demands and going on strike.  Farmer Brown might be able to outsmart them, but will his troubles really be over?

My Rating: 4.5 Stars