Picture Book Month–Community Educators recommend their favorites

PEM K-3 Principal Jake Donze recommends:

The day the crayons quit
Author(s): Drew Daywalt

ISBN: 9780399255373

Published: 2013

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing his crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them.... More




Giraffes can't dance
Author(s): Guy ParkerRees

ISBN: 9780545392556

Published: 2012

"Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music."Provided by publisher.




Knuffle Bunny : a cautionary tale
Author(s): Mo Willems

ISBN: 9780786818709

Published: c2004

After Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing.




Giggle, giggle, quack
Author(s): Betsy Lewin

ISBN: 9781481465434

Published: 2016

When Farmer Brown goes on vacation, leaving his brother Bob in charge, Duck makes trouble by changing all his instructions to notes the animals like much better.



PEM PreK teacher Molli Funk recommends:

Room on the broom
Author(s): Julia Donaldson; Axel Scheffler

ISBN: 9780803726574

Published: c2001

A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.



PEM K-3 school secretary Michelle Gostonczik recommends:

The mitten : a Ukrainian folktale
Author(s): Jan Brett

ISBN: 9780399252969

Published: 1989

Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.



Immanuel Lutheran kindergarten teacher Lisa Hammers recommends:


ISBN: 9780307930095






Immanuel Lutheran 3rd/4th grade teacher Bretney Karsjens recommends:

Officer Buckle and Gloria
Author(s): Peggy Rathmann

ISBN: 9780399226168

Published: 1995

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.


Immanuel Lutheran PreK teacher Ann Mussell recommends:

The little mouse, the red ripe strawberry, and the big hungry bear
Author(s): Audrey Wood; Don Wood

ISBN: 9780859531825

Published: 1984

Overview First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear. How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry?




PEM PreK teacher Vanessa Sagdalen recommends:


All of the Elephant and Piggie Books

There is a bird on your head!
Author(s): Mo Willems

ISBN: 9781423106869

Published: 2007

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.




PEM PreK teacher Jody Schwarzhoff recommends:

Author(s): Mike Wohnoutka

ISBN: 9780802738028

Published: 2014

When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.




Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see?
Author(s): Eric Carle

ISBN: 9780805047905

Published: 1996, c1970

A pictorial representation of a question and answer game played by a teacher and her group.




Green eggs and ham
Author(s): Seuss

ISBN: 9780394800165

Published: c1960

In verse, SamIam tells of the virtues of green eggs and ham.