Storytime Picks

These are some of the titles we have shared on Friday's Alphasaurus Preschool Storytime.

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And the cars go--

And the cars go--

Bee, William, author
2013

Hop in for a droll read-aloud vrooming with sound words and intricate illustrations of all things that go.

What's this? A huge traffic jam? But everyone's in a hurry! There's the family in the paneled station wagon ( brrrm, brrrmm ), packed to the roof rack with gear for the beach. There's the be-hatted Duke and Duchess, out for a drive in their ornate Rolls Royce ( whisper, whisper ). Not to mention a yellow school bus bursting with kids in beanies ( chug, chug ), an overheating race car ( bang, hissssss . . .), an ice-cream truck (" Mamma mia ! My ice cream is melting!"), and other vehicles revving to go. Who -- or what -- could be holding them all up?

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The book hog

The book hog

Pizzoli, Greg, author, illustrator
2019

The Book Hog loves books - the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell - and he'll grab whatever he can find. There's only one problem: he can't read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are. Geisel Medalist Greg Pizzoli presents a new character who is sure to steal your heart in this picturebook full of humorous charm and vivid illustrations.

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Crunch : the shy dinosaur

Crunch : the shy dinosaur

Dunlap, Cirocco, 1985- author
2018

From Cirocco Dunlap ( This Book Will Not Be Fun ) and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Greg Pizzoli ( The Watermelon Seed ) comes a charming, giggly read-aloud that illustrates the particular art of making a friend!

Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are patient and encouraging, you will find yourself with a new friend!

This picture book is a warm, funny example of how to engage with someone new, who is perhaps a bit different from you. Lessons in friend-making (such as minding personal space and demonstrating interest in another's hobbies) are delivered so subtly that children will absorb them unconsciously as they delight in Crunch's silly hat and dance moves!

Cirocco Dunlap ( This Book Will Not Be Fun ) and Greg Pizzoli ( The Watermelon Seed ) enchant and surprise us with their first collaboration.

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018!

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Did you eat the parakeet?

Did you eat the parakeet?

Iacolina, Mark, author, illustrator
2018

A 2019 Buckeye Children's Award Nominee

A little girl can't find her parakeet--her kitty must have eaten it! Right? Where else would it have gone? It was just here! She shouts, she accuses, and she laments her loss. But her cat might be trying to tell her something . . .

With rhyming text and adorable art, Did You Eat the Parakeet? by Mark Iacolina is a sweet and silly picture book that will have children laughing through the final page.

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The digger and the flower

The digger and the flower

Kuefler, Joseph, author, illustrator
2018

From the acclaimed author/artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment, perfect for fans of Peter Brown's The Curious Garden and Kadir Nelson's If You Plant a Seed.

Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push.

But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.

"This story contains bold graphic illustrations and a wonderful message about the environment," proclaims Brightly.com in their article "18 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018."

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Don't touch this book!

Don't touch this book!

Cotter, Bill, author, illustrator
2016

Larry the lovable monster from Don't Push the Button!is back with another hilarious, interactive adventure!

I know what you're thinking: this is a pretty cool-looking book. But...

DON'T TOUCH THIS BOOK! (Don't even try it, bub.)

Okay, okay. You can touch, but you can only use ONE finger.

Whoa. How'd you do that?

Larry is a loveable monster, but he has trouble sharing. It's up to you to show him how it's done!

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Drat that fat cat!

Drat that fat cat!

Thomson, Pat, 1939-
2003

A feline version of "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" that will simply trip off your tongue--with a shoutable read-aloud refrain!

Once there was a cat, a fat, fat cat.
But was that cat fat enough? NO, HE WAS NOT!

He ate up a rat. He swallowed a dog. He even had an old lady for dessert (it's about time SHE got eaten!). But was that cat fat enough? NO, HE WAS NOT!

The adventures of this omnivorous feline are sure to inspire laughter and have young readers chiming in with the refrain. So will children be satisfied with just one reading?
NO, THEY WILL NOT!

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Go away, big green monster!

Go away, big green monster!

Emberley, Ed, author
1992

OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD!
This classic interactive book that has been helping children chase away nighttime fears for 25 years is perfect for Halloween--and all-year round!
Caldecott Award-winner Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to overcome bedtime frights. As kids turn the die-cut pages of this vibrantly illustrated book, they'll watch the Big Green Monster grow before their very eyes. Then, when they're ready to show him who's in charge, they'll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear!
Ed Emberley's groundbreaking book about mastering fear and emotion through play and imagination has been a bestselling favorite for decades and feels as fresh and innovative today as it did 25 years ago.

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Good night owl

Good night owl

Pizzoli, Greg, author, illustrator
2016

Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on! He looks everywhere-in his cupboard, underneath the floorboards-even in his walls. But while he's busy tearing his house apart, he doesn't notice one tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail. . . . Will Owl ever get a good night's sleep?
Praise for Templeton Gets His Wish

"Cheerful entertainment, with just a touch of snark."
-Publishers Weekly "Templeton...conveys intense emotion with a few simple lines and very bright colors, as his tale reflects the endearing aspects of a small child's struggles to behave."
-Booklist "Templeton is a celebration of independence, and of our complex feelings about those we love."
-Horn Book Praise for Number One Sam "Pizzoli's zingy ice-pop colors and dramatically varied page compositions take home the blue ribbon."
-New York Times * "[A] class act."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "[A]nother winner from Pizzoli." - Publishers Weekly , starred review

* "'[A] popular choice at storytimes." - School Library Journal
"Pizzoli's talent with color, easy-to-read words, and humor is something to behold . . . This one does it all."
- Horn Book "[T]his will zoom off shelves."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Praise for The Watermelon Seed
Winner of the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award "Pizzoli legitimizes childish anxieties but also slyly exaggerates each worry to highlight the humor."
-New York Times
* "It's an expert debut..."
- Publishers Weekly , starred review

* "Children will love this hilarious book...The story has broad appeal, making it a great first purchase."
- School Library Journal , starred review

"The illustrations, done in a graphic, flat-color style with simple linework, recall the cheerful stylings of Ed Emberley and Roger Hargreaves. While Pizzoli uses the computer to arrange his compositions, he takes extra care to hand print the pieces. Done in a three-color printing, the silk screen offers a toothiness to the page, giving fruit, animal and emotions more substance."
- Kirkus Reviews

"With a sharp graphic sensibility, vibrant design, and adept characterization, Pizzoli spins the simple premise into a sweet confection, ripe with broad humor."
- Booklist Online

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Good-night, Owl!

Good-night, Owl!

Hutchins, Pat, 1942-2017
1998

Owl can't get to sleep in Pat Hutchins's beloved Good-Night, Owl !

How is Owl supposed to sleep the day away with the bees buzzing, the woodpecker pecking, the doves cooing, and the squirrels crunching? But when night falls and everything is finally quiet, suddenly there's a new sound--and it's coming from Owl!

From author-illustrator Pat Hutchins, this cumulative bedtime story with a surprise ending will send little ones off to sleep with a smile.

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Hats are not for cats!

Hats are not for cats!

Rayner, Jacqueline K., author, illustrator.
2019

Are hats for cats? A big, bossy dog and a determined cat disagree. This funny rhyming romp--with a large cast of cats and hats--leads readers to the perfect conclusion: hats are for everyone!

A big, severe, plaid-hat-wearing dog insists that the small black cat in the red fez shouldn't be wearing a hat--any kind of hat--because hats are for dogs. His patronizing tirade doesn't convince this cat, however. Defiantly, she wears an assortment of hats, described in the gleeful rhyming text, and brings in other cats to join the protest. The silliness of both text and pictures offers a cheerful take on bossiness and managing conflict, with a win-win resolution.

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Hiding Phil

Hiding Phil

Barclay, Eric, author, illustrator
2013

A hilarious story about three siblings and their mission to hide a beloved elephant named Phil!

In this story, three siblings come upon an elephant named Phil and decide to bring him home. "Our parents will love Phil!" they cry out excitedly. Until it dawns on them: "Uh, oh . . ." No they won't!

So what do they do? Try to hide him, of course! They try to stuff him into their doghouse - but he's too big. They throw a sheet over him with a sign that reads, "Club House: Keep Out!" But their parents still inquire, "Um, is that an elephant?" Can the kids convince their parents to keep Phil, or will they have to bring him back where he belongs?

Writer and illustrator Eric Barclay brings this story to life with eye-catching illustrations that will make you laugh out loud, and dialogue that is both poignant and clever. The love between these kids and Phil is palpable, and will leave the reader itching for more!

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I'm not scared!

I'm not scared!

Allen, Jonathan
2014

WHOOO's afraid of the dark? Not Baby Owl! He's taking a moonlight stroll through the woods, and for some reason he can't figure out, every animal he sees tells him not to be scared. Can Baby Owl convince them that owls are meant to be out at night? And that it's really OWLY, his stuffed toy, who's frightened--not him? Kids will love this adorable, reassuring follow-up to the bestselling I'm Not Cute! and I'm Not Ready!

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The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Williams, Linda, 1948-
1986

"A splendiferous Halloween story." --The Horn Book

"A great purchase for Halloween or any time of year." --School Library Journal (starred review)

Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap.

And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life! With bouncy refrains and classic art, this timeless Halloween story is perfect for reading aloud.

A classic and fun Halloween story that neither you nor the kids in your life will be able to resist, whether curled up at home or in a classroom or library setting.

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Little Owl lost

Little Owl lost

Haughton, Chris
2010

From a debut author-illustrator! What if a little owl fell from his nest? A reassuring story for the very young told with whimsy and simple, vibrant artwork.

Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed with a whump on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen! With the earnest help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl goes in search of animals that fit his description of Mommy Owl. But while some are big (like a bear) or have pointy ears (like a bunny) or prominent eyes (like a frog), none of them have all the features that make up his mommy. Where could she be? A cast of adorable forest critters in neon-bright hues will engage little readers right up to the story's comforting, gently wry conclusion.

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Monster boogie

Monster boogie

Berkner, Laurie, author
2018

Laurie Berkner, "the queen of children's music" ( People ), pairs the lyrics of her infectious hit song with Ben Clanton's whimsical illustrations in this groovy and adorable picture book--a must-have for fans of Laurie, dancing, and all things monstrous!

I'm the biggest monster
that you've ever seen!
My eyes are purple
and my teeth are green.
I'm big and I'm scary,
you know what I mean?
And this is what I like to do...

Boogie away those bedtime fears and embrace your inner monster with Monster Boogie , based on Laurie Berkner's irresistibly fun song and featuring lively, playful artwork by Ben Clanton!

I do the monster boogie.
So can you!
Rraaaahhh!

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Number one Sam

Number one Sam

Pizzoli, Greg, author
2014

They're off! Sam is the best race-car driver in history-he is number one at every race!
But when his best friend, Maggie, shows that she has racing talent of her own, Sam doesn't know how to handle coming in second place. Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?

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The really, really, really big dinosaur

The really, really, really big dinosaur

Byrne, Richard, 1963-
2012

When a big show-off dinosaur learns to share, he discovers two really, really, really good new friends. And you'll never guess where he finds one of them! After children spot the cleverly hidden character in the illustrations, they'll want to go back and read the story again and again.

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Red truck

Red truck

Hamilton, Kersten, 1958-
2008

Can Red Truck make it
up the hill?
Red Truck can!
Red Truck will!
ZOOOM!

Truck fans of all ages - but especially the littlest ones - will love cheering on the hardworking red tow truck that stars in this high energy picture book. Mighty Red Truck splashes and zooms through mud and rain to rescue a stalled school bus on the side of the road, and becomes the hero of a rainy day. Eye-popping quirky illustrations and the fast-paced rhyming text will make this truck story a fast favourite.

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Templeton gets his wish

Templeton gets his wish

Pizzoli, Greg, author, illustrator
2015

Templeton the cat doesn't like his parents telling him to clean up, and he really doesn't like when his brothers steal his toys. So, he makes a wish on a magic diamond, and his family disappears! At first, Templeton is over the moon. He's free to lounge and play all day, and he never has to take a bath. But being alone might not always be as fun as he'd thought.

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This is a ball

This is a ball

Stanton, Beck, author
2017

The Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! series capitalizes on the trend of interactive picture books--it's all about giving parents, teachers, and storytellers a script for fun reading time together. Book 2, This Is a Ball , is a boldly absurd spin-off of concept books, and an audaciously contrarian invitation for readers to practice deadpan delivery: after all, the picture on the cover clearly shows a cube, not a ball. The page that declares a princess is flying a kite at the beach shows an alien holding a balloon in a city...and on and on. What is WRONG with this silly book? Kids will demand to know--and all readers will be howling with laughter all along the way. With strikingly simple text and art, Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! are perfect picks for emergent readers.

Future books in the series, releasing two per year, have equally funny-yet frustrating premises: Did You Take the B from My _ook? and Wait Wait WAIT!

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The unscary book

The unscary book

Bland, Nick, 1973- author, illustrator
2019

What are you doing here? This is a SCARY BOOK!

Nicholas Ickle is set to have the scariest book ever, complete with nighttime, skeletons, sharks, monsters and all manner of spooky things. Things quickly go awry when nice things, like an apple tree, bunnies, a rainbow and grandma start showing up instead.

Finally the monster makes an appearance! With non-terrifying ice cream cones.

This decidedly unscary scary book will delight kids, grandmas and monsters alike and is just the right amount of "not really scary at all."

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The watermelon seed

The watermelon seed

Pizzoli, Greg, author, illustrator
2013

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love.

With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli's picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

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The wonky donkey

The wonky donkey

Smith, Craig, 1972-, author
2010

The Wonky Donkey - as seen in the viral YouTube sensation!

After this video of a Scottish grandmother reading The Wonky Donkey to her grandson went viral, Scholastic is reprinting to meet the enormous surge in demand.

Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book's final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey! With fun lyrics and illustrations, this picture book based on an award-winning song will appeal to adults and children alike.

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Wow! said the owl

Wow! said the owl

Hopgood, Tim
2009

Here's the story of a curious little owl determined to see what the world looks like during the day. And what does she discover? A wow-worthy symphony of colors--from red butterflies to orange flowers, from white clouds to green leaves.

This boisterous and bright book is the perfect read-aloud to savor with curious little owls everywhere who are exploring the world of colors for the first time.

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