Bestselling Animals Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling animals books for 4 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Giraffes Can’t Dance

by: Giles AndreaeGuy Parker-Rees
Release date: Mar 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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The bestselling Giraffes Can’t Dance is now a board book!

Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.

With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

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Children’s Books > Animals

2. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

by: Rod CampbellRod Campbell
Release date: May 08, 2007
Number of Pages: 18
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Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old — and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this classic children’s storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Zoos

3. Goodnight Moon

by: Margaret Wise BrownClement Hurd
Release date: Jan 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 30
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In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

In this classic of children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

4. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

by: Jan BerenstainMike Berenstain
Release date: Jun 05, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

5. Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: Nov 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 64
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more…

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

6. Christmas in the Manger

by: Nola BuckFelicia Bond
Release date: Oct 03, 1998
Number of Pages: 16
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The gentle beauty of the story of the first Christmas is now available as a board book. With a simple, lyrical text and radiant artwork, this book is perfect for the youngest child to be a part of the wonder of the Nativity.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

7. Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes

by: James DeanKimberly DeanJames Dean
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Pete makes the best cupcakes!

Join Pete the Cat in a brand-new story and help him and his friends find the missing cupcakes! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a cupcake party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing. Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean, Pete and the gang solve the mystery of the missing cupcakes and learn that it’s cool to be kind.

Don’t miss Pete’s other adventures, including Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, and Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

8. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

by: Catherine D. HughesFranco Tempesta
Release date: Oct 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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The third title in National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, this book is for kids 4- to 8-years-old who LOVE dinos! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta—who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers’ experience beyond the page.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

9. The Goodnight Train

by: June SobelLaura Huliska-Beith
Release date: Jun 19, 2012
Number of Pages: 30
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All aboard for Dreamland! Hold on to your pillow because the Goodnight Train is taking off. Roll that corner, rock that curve, and soar past mermaids, leaping sheep, and even ice-cream clouds. You won’t want to miss a thing, so whatever you do, don’t . . . close . . . your . . . eyes! 
           
With soothing, lyrical words and magical illustrations, June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith have created a nighttime fantasy that’s guaranteed to make even the most resistant sleeper snuggle up tight.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

10. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

by: James DeanKimberly DeanJames Dean
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 16
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Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!

Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun. With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises, this book is sure to be a holiday favorite for every Pete the Cat fan.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

11. From Head to Toe Board Book

by: Eric CarleEric Carle
Release date: Mar 27, 1999
Number of Pages: 28
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What does an elephant do? It stomps its foot. Can you? From the creator of such beloved classics as The Grouchy Ladybug and The Mixed-Up Chameleon comes this interactive story that invites kids to imitate animal movements. Watching giraffes bend their necks or monkeys wave their arms is fun, but nothing could be better than joining in. From their heads down to their toes, kids will be wriggling, jiggling, and giggling as they try to keep up with these animals!Alligators wiggle, elephants stop, gorillas thump, and giraffes bend. Can you do it? ‘ I can do it!’ is the confidence-building message of this fun-filled interactive picture book. A variety of familiar animals invite young children to copy their antics, and as they play, they will learn such important skills as careful listening, focusing attention, and following instructions. Just as alphabet books introduce the very young child to letters and simple words, From Head to Toe introduces the basic body parts and simple body movements. And in the same way that children progress from understanding simple words to reading and writing sentences and stories, so they will progress from simple body movements to dancing, gymnastics, and other sports and activities, with confidence and pleasure.

Eric Carle’s colorful collages have delighted children for more than a generation. Each book provides hours of fun while encouraging them to stretch their imaginations. His matchless words and illustrations now send out a new challenge:
Are you ready?
Here we go!
Move yourself
From Head to Toe.

A Main Selection of the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club

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Children’s Books > Animals

12. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)

by: Laura Joffe NumeroffFelicia Bond
Release date: Oct 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the award-winning If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, from the #1 New York Times bestselling team Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim….

This book is a great first introduction to Mouse, the star of the If You Give… series and a perennial favorite among children. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is perfect for beginning readers and story time!

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

13. May I Please Have a Cookie? (Scholastic Readers, Level 1)

by: Jennifer MorrisJennifer E. MorrisJennifer Morris
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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In this Level 1 Scholastic Reader, Alfie learns that the best way to get a delicious cookie is to say please!

Alfie loves his mommy’s cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector don’t seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it?

Beginning readers will learn proper manners with Alfie as his mommy teaches him to say the magic words.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Alligators & Crocodiles

14. Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books)

by: Karma WilsonJane Chapman
Release date: Oct 07, 2008
Number of Pages: 40
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Celebrate the holidays with Bear and his friends in this sweet picture book from bestselling author Karma Wilson!

Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up—by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents of all!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

15. Good Good Father

by: Chris TomlinPat Barrett
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Inspired by the #1 hit song “Good Good Father,” as heard on Chris Tomlin’s new album

You’ve heard a thousand stories of what the good King is like. Now discover His great love for your child!

Grammy Award-winning music artist, Chris Tomlin, and Pat Barrett (Housefires), team up to tell the story of a little bear named Tucker whose life and townspeople are forever changed when they learn just how great the King’s love is for them. When Tucker’s friends need help, he goes to see the King who lives in a castle where the door is always open.

Tucker wants to take the perfect gift to the King in hopes he will be convinced to help. Along the way, Tucker encounters a variety of humorous animals filled with advice who leave him confused about what the King is like. He doubts whether the King would be willing to help. Just as Tucker is ready to give up, he meets the King who runs to him with open arms offering love, acceptance, and help.

With whimsical art created by Lorna Hussey, this precious story will leave children, young and old, reassured that God is a good, good Father, and they are loved by Him.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

16. We Found a Hat

by: Jon KlassenJon Klassen
Release date: Oct 11, 2016
Number of Pages: 56
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Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . . Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

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Children’s Books > Animals

17. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: May 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 64
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

18. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

by: Lindsay MattickSophie Blackall
Release date: Oct 20, 2015
Number of Pages: 56
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal

Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl!

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey–from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England…

And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

19. On the Night You Were Born

by: Nancy Tillman
Release date: Jan 19, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced.

Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Baby

20. If You Give a Mouse a Brownie (If You Give… Books)

by: Laura NumeroffFelicia Bond
Release date: Oct 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Mouse is back in this ninth picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give… series!

If you give a mouse a brownie, he’s going to ask for some ice cream to go with it. When you give him the ice cream, he’ll probably ask you for a spoon. He’ll start drumming on the table. Drumming will get him so excited he’ll want to start a band. . . .

Mouse makes his long-anticipated return to the spotlight in this winning picture book from the acclaimed team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

21. Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: Jun 14, 2011
Number of Pages: 64
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.


In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time?
Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a funny story about the challenges of doing the right thing. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will eagerly eat it up!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

22. Pete the Cat: Snow Daze (My First I Can Read)

by: James DeanJames Dean
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings readers along for a fun, surprising, snowy adventure with Pete the Cat! In Pete the Cat: Snow Daze, school is canceled, and Pete cannot wait to play in the snow with all his friends. Imagine a day filled with snowball fights, hot chocolate, snowcats, and more.

But when the next day and the day after that are all snow days, Pete comes to a sudden realization—it is possible to have too many snow days.

Pete the Cat: Snow Daze is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

23. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

by: Catherine D. Hughes
Release date: Oct 12, 2010
Number of Pages: 128
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The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals is an adorable animal reference sure to be welcomed by parents and librarians alike. Filled with fluffy and scaly creatures big and small, this appealing book introduces the youngest explorers to the world of wildlife, using a child-friendly format inspired by the blockbuster National Geographic Little Kids magazine. This exciting new reference for the very young mirrors the magazine’s square shape, readable fonts, and fun content, to keep little ones thrilled with every colorful page.

Little Kids First Big Book of Animals devotes four pages each to 32 high-interest creatures, including dolphins, tigers, butterflies, frogs, penguins, wolves, and pandas. More than 150 of National Geographic’s most charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, which feature just the kind of facts that little kids want to know—the creature’s size, diet, home, and more.

Child-friendly text explains how animal parents take care of their young, how baby animals change as they grow, and how they learn to hunt and eat. The brief text, large type, and appealing profiles are perfect for young readers to enjoy on their own, or for parents and other caregivers to read aloud. These animal tales will quickly become favorites at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

24. The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Aug 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Hit the road reading with Dr. Seuss! Tucked inside this cute little blue box topped with a plastic handle and secured by a tuck closure are board book editions of the classic Dr. Seuss titles Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Ideal for the holidays, new mothers, and happy occasions of all kinds, this is a literacy-nurturing gift that babies can literally sink their teeth into!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

25. OLD MACDONALD’S FARM (Poke-A-Dot!)

by: IKids
Release date: Sep 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 20
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Once you start popping, there’s just no stopping! These fun, tactile books help kids learn to count–without losing count! Raised buttons pop in on every page so kids can press them as they count in this casebound book with ten spreads and 30 poke-able dots. How many animals does Old MacDonald have on his farm? Count them all with this one-of-a-kind “”””pop-at-tronic”””” book. This poke-able popping dots book lets kids keep track of how many animals are on each page. It’s a great way to learn to count to ten!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

26. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree

by: Colleen MonroeMichael Glenn Monroe
Release date: Aug 29, 2000
Number of Pages: 40
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This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend’s wish come true.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

27. Uni the Unicorn

by: Amy Krouse RosenthalBrigette Barrager
Release date: Aug 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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An original picture book about a unicorn from bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Plant a Kiss).
 
In this clever twist on the age-old belief that there’s no such thing as unicorns, Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! No matter what the grown-up unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are real. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her. This refreshing and sweet story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

28. The Night Gardener

by: Terry FanEric FanTerry FanEric Fan
Release date: Feb 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and Eric Fan.

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.

With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.

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Children’s Books > Classics

29. Little Kids First Big Book of the World

by: Elizabeth Carney
Release date: Jul 14, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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This charming reference introduces young readers to the wider world by exploring languages, landscapes, weather, animals, capital cities, mountains, deserts, and other landscapes and landforms, and more. It encourages kids to get play with activities such as creating a mini-rainforest in a bottle and singing a simple song in Spanish. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with kid-friendly and age-appropriate maps along with basic facts about each continent. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, or any other time.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference > Atlases

30. We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: Sep 14, 2010
Number of Pages: 64
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.


In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Using vocabulary perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a mind-bending story that is even more interactive than previous Elephant & Piggie adventures. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo won’t be able to put this book down–literally!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

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