Title: Kate and Nate Are Running Late Written by Kate Egan Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Recommended Ages: 4-7 years Published: Feiwel and Friends (October 16, 2012)
Kate and Nate Are Running Late is a delightful read about oversleeping and the many obstacles to still get out the door and arrive at the final destination on time. The rhyming makes for a fun and easy read with a surprise ending that will make you chuckle! The ending was my favorite part!
The bright and playful scenes mixed with the humor regarding this extremely relatable topic make this book a great addition to add to the bookshelf for both kids and parents to enjoy.
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)
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)
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)
Title: Roadwork 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)
Title: When I
Grow Up 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
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)
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)
Title: Cave Baby Written by Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Emily Gravett Recommended Ages: 3-5 years Published: Macmillan Children’s Books (May 6, 2011)
This is a cute story about a cave
baby and the difference a response & encouragement can make.
The cave baby is full of curiosity
and creativity leading to a bunch of paint scribbles on the wall, but cave mum
and cave dad are not impressed. They tell cave baby that the big brown bear
will eat him and now he is afraid. Late in the night a mammoth comes into the
baby’s cave and the baby is worried he will be taken to the big brown bear.
Instead, the mammoth takes him to his
own cave where the baby can freely express his imagination with paint. Afterward,
the mammoth and the rest of the mammoth family are impressed with cave baby’s
the end, the baby is back in his cave happy dreaming of his masterpiece in the
mammoth cave. This story written by Julia Donaldson of the Gruffalo has the
same charming rhyming and delightful repetition. Emily Gravett’s illustrations
make you feel like you are in a cave with this mischievous baby.