These stories are perfect for to enjoy with emerging readers. Find them in our Children’s Department or by searching the library catalog.

Piggy Pie Po : 3 Little Stories
by Audrey Wood
A volume of three playful tales about an irrepressible young pig follows his whimsical antics as he precociously endeavors to prove that he is the smartest, messiest and silliest pig anywhere. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creators of The Napping House.

Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. By the author of the celebrated picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis.

We Are in a Book!
by Mo Willems
When Piggie discovers that she and Gerald are in a book and she can make the reader say a funny word out loud, Gerald is tickled pink, but what happens when the story is over? By a three-time Caldecott Honor winner, two-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal winner and #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator/author.

by Christian Robinson
The Caldecott Honor-, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor- and Newbery Medal-winning artist of Last Stop on Market Street presents an author-illustrator debut that invites children on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

You Will Be My Friend!
by Peter Brown
Lucy, a young bear, starts her day determined to make a new friend but her enthusiasm leads to all sorts of problems until, just as she is about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her. By the best-selling author/illustrator of Children Make Terrible Pets.

by Jean Reidy
“Living with his human best friend, Sarah, in a home high above the taxis, trucks and buses of the “”world below,”” Truman the tortoise embarks on a remarkable adventure when Sarah departs for her first day of school. 

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree
by Jamie L. B Deenihan
After disappointingly receiving a lemon tree from her grandma on her birthday, a young girl doesn’t know what to do with it other than care for it and wait, but her patience eventually pays off.

The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories
by Sergio Ruzzier
Fox enjoys quiet boat rides and watching the sunrise, but Chick is noisy and hyperactive and frequently disrupts their adventures–nevertheless they remain friends and enjoy their time together.

by Mark Teague
When Mama bird decides it is time for Baby bird to leave the nest and learn how to fly south, an apprehensive Baby considers whimsical alternatives, in a wordless picture book by the best-selling creator of the Dear Mrs. LaRue series. 

Call Me Tree
by Maya Christina Gonzalez
“A bilingual poetic tale that follows one child/tree from the depths of Mami/Earth to the heights of the sky, telling a story about being free to grow and be who we are meant to be and honoring our relationship with the natural world”.

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps
by Nicola Winstanley
A cookie-eating little girl and her decidedly nonchalant kitty make an escalating mess while respectively trying to follow and resist the cat-bathing instructions of a bossy narrator who oversimplifies the process. By the award-wining author of Cinnamon Baby

Pete the Cat : I Love My White Shoes
by Eric Litwin
Wearing his brand-new white shoes, Pete the Cat walks down the street paying no mind to the piles he steps in, which turn his white shoes into colorful messes. 

Fancy Nancy
by Jane O’Connor
A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night.

No, David!
by David Shannon
In an autobiographical picture book by the creator of A Bad Case of Stripes, a mischievous boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

Creepy Pair of Underwear!
by Aaron Reynolds
The celebrated team behind Caldecott Honor-winning Creepy Carrots! presents a humorous story about what happens when a decidedly brave Jasper Rabbit becomes spooked when he turns out the light and discovers that his new big-rabbit undies glow in the dark. 

The Boy Who Loved Words
by Roni Schotter
After helping a poet find just the perfect words for his latest work, Selig is excited about his new collection of words and so heads out to share them with everyone in town, in a celebration of the English language with full-color illustrations.

The Pirate Jamboree
by Mark Teague
Blackbeard Johnson, Eyepatch Sue, Cap’n Gunderboom, Peg Leg Jones and other swashbuckling knaves set their sails in a rousing pirate adventure that finds them plundering treasure, toppling tables and firing cannons during a rousing celebration. By the award-winning creator of the Dear Mrs. LaRue series.

The Cookie Fiasco
by Dan Santat
The Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Adventures of Beekle and the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Knuffle Bunny present the story of four wacky animal friends who struggle to share three cookies. 

Click, Clack, Peep!
by Doreen Cronin
A tiny duckling stirs up trouble for Duck and their farmyard friends when it peeps loudly and will not go to sleep, prompting a tired Farmer Brown to devise a clever solution. By the creators of the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo.

1st Grade Reading List