The Best Read Alouds for 2-5 Year Olds

Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Learn how Skunk and Badger first became roommates before embarking on their latest adventure, Egg Marks the Spot, now on sale!

Best Book of 2020: People * Kirkus Reviews Booklist  * School Library Journal * Publishers Weekly * Shelf Awareness for Readers * New York Public Library *


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The Rock from the Sky By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536215625
Availability: Likely on our shelves now
Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of the hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.


There is a spot.
It is a good spot.
It is the perfect spot to stand.
There is no reason to ever leave.
But somewhere above there is also a rock.
A rock from the sky.


Moose's Book Bus By Inga Moore, Inga Moore (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Inga Moore, Inga Moore (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536217674
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Published: Candlewick - November 2nd, 2021

In Inga Moore’s charming companion to A House in the Woods, Moose’s library outing soon has the whole woodland community crowding into his house to read together. Leave it to Moose to find a solution—on wheels!


Long Road to the Circus By Betsy Bird, David Small (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Betsy Bird, David Small (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593303931
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

The story of a girl who rides an ostrich straight to her dreams from the award-winning writer and librarian Betsy Bird, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist David Small.
 
"[A] charming, wacky novel." —The New York Times


No More Naps!: A Story for When You're Wide-Awake and Definitely NOT Tired By Chris Grabenstein, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Grabenstein, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771287
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

Imagine if you could steal your toddler's nap? This picture book debut from a #1 New York Times bestselling author turns the universal dilemma of getting kids to sleep upside down!


The Creature of Habit By Jennifer E. Smith, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer E. Smith, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593173053
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Published: Random House Studio - November 9th, 2021

A delightful picture book about a creature of habit whose routine suddenly gets disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a new friend. A perfect story for little readers learning social emotional skills that explores the joy of trying something new!


Redlocks and the Three Bears By Claudia Rueda Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452170312
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 2nd, 2021

Goldilocks meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charming and unexpected fairytale mashup from the New York Times bestselling Illustrator of Easter Cat!


Maybe... By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536220247
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Published: Candlewick - September 2nd, 2021

A trio of misbehaving, mango-loving monkeys have a close call as the creator of Don’t Worry, Little Crab gives readers a taste of vicarious mischief.


Narwhal's School of Awesomeness (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #6) By Ben Clanton Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780735262546
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Published: Tundra Books - September 7th, 2021

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
Narwhal and Jelly become the coolest teachers in the world wide waters in the hilarious sixth book of this blockbuster graphic novel series!


Cat Problems (Animal Problems) By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593302132
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Published: Random House Studio - August 3rd, 2021

What could a pampered house cat possibly have to complain about? This latest collaboration from picture book superstars--and cat devotees--Lane Smith and Jory John brings with it a hilarious set of feline problems!

Just like most cats, this cat lives an extremely comfortable life. But he has his problems too!


Sloth at the Zoom By Helaine Becker, Orbie (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Helaine Becker, Orbie (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781771474849
Availability: Likely on our shelves now
Published: Owlkids - August 15th, 2021

A laid-back sloth reminds an entire zoo to sloooow down


Roxy the Unisaurus Rex Presents: Oh No! The Talent Show By Eva Chen, Matthew Rivera (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eva Chen, Matthew Rivera (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250758460
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 12th, 2021

In Roxy the Unisaurus Rex Presents: Oh No! The Talent Show, Instagram superstar and New York Timesbestselling author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes Eva Chen sends readers on a second adventure of self-discovery alongside Roxy and her friends, vibrantly brought to life by Matthew Rivera's rainbow watercolors.


Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise By David Ezra Stein, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536212099
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2021

Surprise! The little red chicken is back — and as endearingly silly as ever — in David Ezra Stein’s follow-up to the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken.


I Will Surprise My Friend! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423109624
Availability: Likely on our shelves now
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 3rd, 2008

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 I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other—but the biggest surprise is the one they least expect.


Guess What!? (An Unlimited Squirrels Book) By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368070935
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - October 5th, 2021

From Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, comes this breakout beginning-reader series, Unlimited Squirrels.
An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests hosts a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels.


Fern and Otto: A Picture Book Story About Two Best Friends By Stephanie Graegin Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593481325
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Published: Dragonfly Books - August 24th, 2021

Perfect for fans of Erin Stead and Emily Winfield Martin, here is a charming paperback picture book about two friends who enter a fairy-tale world hoping to find an exciting story to tell.


Norman Didn't Do It!: (Yes, He Did) (Mother Bruce Series) By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368026239
Availability: Likely on our shelves now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 7th, 2021

Ryan T. Higgins, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Mother Bruce series, delivers a contemporary tale of friendship.
Norman is a porcupine. Mildred is a tree. Norman and Mildred are best friends. Just the two of them. And only the two of them. But when a surprise pops up, life will never be the same again.


Have You Seen This Book? By Angela DiTerlizzi, Tom Booth Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593116845
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Published: Philomel Books - August 31st, 2021

A hilarious, interactive book that breaks the fourth wall about a boy confronts a book thief when his favorite story is stolen. Perfect for fans of Don't Push the Button and There's a Monster in Your Book!


Poems from When We Were Very Young By A. A. Milne, Rosemary Wells (Compiled by) Cover Image
By A. A. Milne, Rosemary Wells (Compiled by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324016533
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Published: Norton Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

A contemporary master of the nursery tale brings her unique imagination to a beloved classic.


Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast: Volume 1 By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454914044
Availability: Likely on our shelves now
Published: Union Square Kids - September 1st, 2015

A thoroughly delicious rhyming story about the funniest food fight ever--perfect for fans of The Food Group series.

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship--until they discover that there's only one drop of maple syrup left The race is ON Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini.


Adventure Starts at Bedtime: 30 Real-Life Stories of Daring and Danger By Ness Knight Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781786279323
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - July 27th, 2021

Brush off the cobwebs and take an adventure tonight, with 30 real-life stories of danger and intrigue.

Travel back in time and across thousands of miles to escape quicksand, survive a desert storm, and reach the summit of Everest with this diverse collection of real-life stories from men and women from past and present.


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525467342
Availability: Likely on our shelves now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2001

Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes.


Inside Cat By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173191
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 12th, 2021

The newest story from the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel is a funny and wise celebration of observation, curiosity, and indoor life.


Barkus: The Most Fun: Book 3 By Patricia MacLachlan, Marc Boutavant (Illustrator) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452173344
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 21st, 2021

Barkus is back in this third installment of the warm and funny early chapter book series from the Newbery Medal-winning author, Patricia MacLachlan.

The lovable dog Barkus and his lucky young owner romp through the pages of this colorful and heartwarming book that's just right for emerging readers and fans of series like Henry and Mudge and Juana and Lucas.


Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast By David Ezra Stein, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207781
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Published: Candlewick - November 9th, 2021

In her latest star turn, the little red chicken from the Caldecott Honor Book Interrupting Chicken is hungry—and sillier than ever.


D is for Drool: My Monster Alphabet (I Need My Monster) By Amanda Noll, Shari Dash Greenspan, Howard McWilliam (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781947277496
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Published: Flashlight Press - September 30th, 2021

"A monstrously effective lid-dropper....Being all smiles, and more likely to elicit snorts of amusement than screams of terror, the monstrous marchers crawling, oozing, slithering, or strolling into and out of view with each page turn have the intended soporific effect." - Kirkus Reviews


Lila Lou's Little Library: A Gift From the Heart By Nikki Bergstresser, Sejung Kim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Bergstresser, Sejung Kim (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781735345116
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Published: Cardinal Rule Press - October 1st, 2021

Lila Lou loves to read, morning, noon and night.  Books are everywhere in her house.  Lila Lou has so many books, she makes forts out of them!


The Case of the Stinky Stench: Volume 2 (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2) By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454919605
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Published: Union Square Kids - May 2nd, 2017

In the second adventure of the Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast series, our delectable rhyming friends are ready to solve a smelly mystery--perfect for fans of The Food Group series.


Dragons Love Tacos By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803736801
Availability: Not in the store. We can order it and should have it in store in 3-5 business days.
Published: Dial Books - June 14th, 2012

A #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, this deliciously funny read-aloud is an unforgettable tale of new friends and the perfect snack that will make you laugh until spicy salsa comes out of your nose.


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