Okay, full disclosure. I haven’t read every book on this list so I’ve put an asterisk next to the ones I have read.
#1 The Berenstain Bears Jobs Around Town *
Title: The Berenstain Bears Jobs Around Town
Written & Illustrated by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Publisher’s Synopsis: Searching for the perfect job, the Bear siblings learn to celebrate the many talents of others and begin to imagine where their own God-given gifts will take them as they grow.
Recommended Ages: 4 – 8 years
Published: Zonderkidz (March 5, 2011)
#2 Curious George and the Firefighters *
Title: Curious George and the Firefighters
Written & Illustrated by Margret & H. A. Rey
Publisher’s Synopsis: Curious George and the Firefighters is a story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. Firefighters are a famously brave lot, but can they withstand a visit from one curious monkey?
Recommended Ages: 4-7 years
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2004)
#3 A Labor Day Hooray
Title: A Labor Day Hooray
Written by Dee Smith
Publisher’s Synopsis: “It’s on the first Monday of every September.” “It’s a day for workers to relax.” “This day is fun to remember.” Labor Day is here! A dog invites children to celebrate with him. He explains what Labor Day means to him and why we should all celebrate. This book features a fun look at an illustrated dog character performing some important common jobs.
Recommended Ages: 5 – 6 years
Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 4, 2016)
Written by Sally Sutton
Illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Publisher’s Synopsis: There are many big machines and busy people involved in building a road, and this riveting board book follows them every step of the way. From clearing a pathway (screek!) to rolling the tar (squelch!) to sweeping up at the end (swish!), Roadwork is sure to delight young truck-lovers with its rambunctious rhymes and noisy fun.
Recommended Ages: 2 – 5 years
Published: Candlewick (January 11, 2011)
#5 When I Grow Up*
Title: When I
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Publisher’s Synopsis Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is thinking about all of the fun things he can do when he grows up in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s spending his allowance on whatever he wants, making important phone calls, or staying up late, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect way to celebrate growing up!
Recommended Ages: 2-5 years
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 10, 2003)
#6 Sam Who Never Forgets
Title: Sam Who Never Forgets
Written by Eve Rice
Illustrated by Eve Rice
Publisher’s Synopsis Could Sam the zookeeper have forgotten to feed Elephant, the other zoo animals wonder.
Recommended Ages: 4-8 years
Published: Greenwillow Books (September 23, 1987)
#7 Who Started the Labor Day Celebration?
Title: Who Started the Labor Day Celebration?
Written by Baby Professor
Publisher’s Synopsis What is the Labor Day and who started it? Like all other celebration, the Labor Day has deep historic roots. This book will give you the juicy details that led to the celebrated annual holiday. Don’t settle with just the knowledge that today is Labor Day. Dig deeper and explain to your child further. That’s the way to unlimited knowledge. Begin today!
Published: Baby Professor (December 1, 2007)