Book Nook: Three to Five-Year-Old Picks

Have fun with these titles!  Some, like Toot and Puddle, are in series form as well.


  • Hush, Little Horsie by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. Random House, 2010.  “Hush, little horsie, Asleep on the moor. Your mama is close—That’s what mamas are for.” This charming read-aloud is perfect for snuggle times.  Illustrations are amazing.
  • They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle Books LLCC, 2016. This whimsical story features a cat who, wandering along, is seen by a variety of animals, all who have a different perspective of what they are seeing. A great way to encourage young minds to observe the world around them.
  • Gigi in the Big City by Charise Mericle Harper. Robin Corey Books, 2010.  Lift-the-flaps, pull tabs and changing-picture wheels help educate readers about birthstones, literature, the history of shoes and makeup, art, natural history, mermaids and fairies.
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016. CJ and his grandma are riding the bus across town, and CJ starts wondering why he doesn’t have things that other people do. Grandma, in her wisdom, teaches him that beauty is everywhere. A great way to remind your child to be grateful.
  • Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky. Schwartz and Wade, 2010.  Larger than life and funny to boot, saddle up with Swamp Angel as she moves to Montana and finds herself a new friend: Dust Devil, the horse.  A folktale with captivating illustrations that will delight readers.
  • How Many Kisses Goodnight? by Jean Monrad Thomas, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant.  Random House, 2010. Perfect new book for a comfy, going to bed story time ritual. Make this your new tradition.  Enjoy!
  • Thank You For Me! By Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Kristina Stephenson.  Simon and Schuster, 2010. This exuberant book describes a child’s enthusiasm for everything in his life.  Illustrations are cheerful.  Message is spot-on!
  • Black Beauty’s Early Days in the Meadow by Anna Sewell, illustrated by Jane Monroe Donovan. Sleeping Bear Press, 2006. The simple text and gentle illustrations provide an excellent introduction to this children’s classic.
  • Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins. HarperCollins Publishers, 2005. Each person falls asleep in the environment of his or her profession. So, the fireman sleeps on top of his fire-truck, the teacher in her classroom, and the librarian in her library. Your older child will love the detailed illustrations!
  • And Here’s To You! by David Elliott, illustrated by Randy Cecil. Candlewick Press, 2004.  Your child will love the vibrant colors and all the different cheers of excitement for cats, dogs, frogs, cows and more.  Talk about an attitude lifter!
  • Monster Trucks! By Mark Todd. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003. Mashers and munchers, packers and crunchers – they are all covered! The descriptions delight: “scraping and shoveling with a sneering tooth blade, leveling the earth for the roads to be laid.”
  • What a Wonderful Day to Be a Cow by Carolyn Lesser, illustrated by Melissa Bay Mathis. Dragonfly Books, Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. For kids who love animals and farms, this book takes you through the year using unique details and lilting language to describe why each animal loves its month. The beautiful illustrations provide details to ponder. This is a quiet book, perfect for bedtime or before naptime.
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jim LaMarche. Chronicle Books in 2003. Jim LaMarche has taken this classic German children’s tale and given it fabulous colors and beautiful and outlandish shoes! My son giggles every time he sees the couple hiding behind their coats to sneak a peek at the elves working. And what a concept for today’s children … making shoes?! The shoemaker’s tools and materials provide great details for young eyes to focus on. Another highlight is the message of taking care of others.

Submitted by Julie Kaiser, Springfield Moms Director of Editorial.  If you have family favorites to share with others, please email us.





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