Favorite with EL Tips: Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle

Toad and Little Blue Truck welcome all the new baby farm animals in this colorful lift-the-flap board book for toddlers. Rhyming text encourages a sing-song reading, and the engaging, detailed pictures will invite listeners to linger on the pages. (Early literacy tips: Emphasize the rhymes as you read; point to the recurring words as you read them; introduce new vocabulary as you discuss the content of the pictures; count the animals in the pictures.) Place hold.

 

Favorite with El Tips: A Day with Pepe & Millie by Yayo Kawamura

A dog and cat engage in everyday activities in this colorful board book for toddlers that includes sliding pieces for small fingers to move. Cartoon style illustrations feature plenty of items to identify. (Early literacy tips: Introduce vocabulary by describing the illustrations; talk about what happens when the sliding pieces are moved.) Place hold.
Also see: Play Hide and Seek with Pepe & Millie.

 

Favorite with El Tips: Construction by Cocoretto

Brightly-colored, geometric illustrations and easy-to-lift full-page flaps will engage young listeners in this board book about construction vehicles. Simple, spare text introduces each vehicle and what it does. Clearly-drawn objects in the illustrations invite listeners to name them before the identifying words are read. (Early literacy tips: Point to the words as you read them; introduce additional vocabulary by describing the vehicles and naming colors and shapes.) Place hold.
Other books in the Wheels At Work series: Emergency; City; Farm.

 

Favorite with EL Tips: Gotta Go, Buffalo: A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes by Haily Meyers

Silly and fun indeed! The title of this oversized board book for toddlers says it all. Each page spread features a goodbye phrase that rhymes with an animal in the style of “See you later, alligator.” The words appear in a word bubble on the left page and the animal is hidden behind a flap on the right page. Young listeners will learn the rhymes in no time! (Early literacy tips: Point to the words as you read them; introduce new vocabulary by describing the “habitat” pictures that hide the flaps.) Place hold.

Favorite with EL Tips: So Far Up by Susanne Strasser

With the help of animal friends, bear tries to get a cake that is way out of reach in this humorous board book for toddlers and preschoolers. Plenty of repetitve language and a cumulative storyline invite listeners to share in the storytelling. (Early literacy tips: Point to the new animal on each page before reading its name; ask listeners to predict what will happen as new animals appear to help bear; ask listeners to say some of the repeating sentences with you and point to the words as you read; slowly say the onomatopoeia words that start each page, emphasizing letter sounds.) Place hold.

Favorite with EL Tips: Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle

Lots of new vocabulary words and information about vegetables accompany the letters of the alphabet in this colorful, lightly humorous board book for toddlers and preschoolers. Smiling vegetables, a wide variety of text colors and styles, and bright backgrounds make for plenty of visual engagement! (Early literacy tips: Point to highlighted words and their pictures as you read; identify colors; ask listeners to think of other foods that begin with featured letters.) Place hold.  Also see: Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet.

Favorite with EL Tips: See How I Sleep by Liesbet Slegers

Fun slide-out pages take the place of traditional life-the-flaps to reveal surprise animal companions in this colorful board book for toddlers. The text includes repetitive phrasing, inviting older listeners to say the words with the reader. Some new vocabulary is presented as well. (Early literacy tips: Point to the repeated words as you read them; identify the hidden animal and then point to its name as you read it; introduce additional vocabulary by identifying items and colors in the illustrations.) Place hold. 

 

Favorite with EL Tips: Birds by Ruth Musgrove

Up-close photographs of a variety of colorful birds will engage toddlers and preschoolers in this compact board book that provides snippets of information about bird behavior. The text includes new vocabulary and encourages listener interaction through counting, clapping and identifying colors. (Early literacy tips: Introduce new vocabulary as you describe the birds and their actions; talk about birds you see in your neighborhood; encourage older listeners to draw a picture of a bird and use new language to identify and label the parts of its body.) Place hold.  See also In My Garden and other board books in this National Geographic Kids Look & Learn series.

Favorite with El Tips: Bedtime 1 2 3 by Eric Walters

A series of cuddly baby animals settle down to sleep in this counting board book for older babies and toddlers. Charming illustrations invite close inspection and description, and the spare text presents interesting vocabulary. (Early literacy tips: Point to the number on each page and the word for it as you read; count the animals on the pages and count on fingers to further illustrate number concept; introduce new vocabulary by identifying background items and colors in the pictures.) Place hold.

 

Favorite with El Tips: Opposite Surprise by Agnese Baruzzi

Fold out flaps make learning the concept of “opposite” lots of fun in this clever board book for toddlers and preschoolers. Each fold-out starts out illustrating one part of an opposite pairing and unfolds to uncover a picture of the other part. Have fun! (Early literacy tip: After you unfold one or two flaps, ask older listeners to guess what pictures will appear under the following flaps; identify the items in the pictures and the bright colors of the pages; talk about other opposite pairs and draw pictures of them.)
Place hold.