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A Baby Sister For Frances 
by Russell Hoban & Illustrated by Lillian Hoban 

by Jeannette Caines and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Elisa Kleven 

Are You My Mother? 
By P. D. Eastman 

Aunt Flossie's Hats 
by James Ransome 

Baby Says 
by John Steptoe 

by Rachel Isadora 

Baby's Catalogue 
by Janet & Allan Ahlberg 

Big Boy, Little Boy 
by Betty Jo Stanovich and illustrated by Virginia Wright-Frierson 

Come To The Meadow 
by Anna Grossnickle Hines 

Do Like Kyla 
by Angela Johnson and illustrated by James E. Ransome 

*Don't Wake Up Mama!   (this book is suggested by Velma W.)
by Eileen Christelow

Five Minutes Peace
by Jill Murphy 

Happy Birthday, Sam 
by Pat Hutchins 

Here Are My Hands
by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault and illus. by Ted Rand 

Here Come the Babies 
by Catherine and Laurence Anholt 

I Dance In My Red Pajamas 
by Edith Thacher Hurd 
and illus. by Emily Arnold McCully 

*I Don't Want To Be Me
by Patricia  Davis and illus. by Jocelyn Mack

Me Too!
By Mercer Mayer 

Mama, Do You Love Me? 
By Barbara M. Joose and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee 

She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl 
by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by John Steptoe 

by John Steptoe 

The Patchwork Quilt 
by Valerie Flourney and illustrated by Jerry Pinkey 

by Pat Hutchins 

*Twin To Twin
by Margaret O'Hair

What Mary Jo Shared 
by Janice May Udry and illustrated by Eleanor Mill

When I Go Visiting 
by Anne and Harlow Rockwell 

When You Were A Baby 
by Ann Jonas 

Whose Baby? 
By Masayuki Yabuuchi 

Whose Mouse Are You?
By Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego

Take a peek at the Family Activity Theme & Family Nursery Rhymes

Related Themes in the Rainbow Resource Room:

  • My Family
  • Birthday Activity Theme
  • All About Me
  • My Body
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Naptime and Bedtime Book Theme

And If the Moon Could Talk
by Kate Banks and illustrated by Georg Hallensieben

*Brave Little Monster
by Ken Baker

*Can't You Sleep Little Bear?  (suggested by Welma W.)
by Martin Waddell

*Dr. Seuss Sleep Book
by Dr. Seuss

Goodnight, Goodnight 
by Eve Rice 

Goodnight Moon 
by Margaret Wise Brown 

Grandfather Twilight 
by Barbara Berger 

Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram 

*How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight
by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague

Hush Little Baby 
by Sylvia Long 

by Jan Ormerod

No Jumping On The Bed! 
By Tedd Arnold 

Night In The Country 
by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Mary Szilagi 

by Ann Jonas 

Say Goodnight 
by Helen Oxenbury

*Sleepy Bear
by Lydia Dabcovich

*Ten In The Bed   (suggested by Velma W.)
by Penny Dale

The Napping House 
by Don and Audrey Wood 

There's An Alligator Under My Bed
by Mercer Mayer 

There's A Nightmare In My Closet 
by Mercer Mayer 

*There's a Monster Under My Bed
by James Howes

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Science and Nature Book Theme

A Drop of Blood 
by Paul Showers illustrated by Don Madden 

A Book about Your Skeleton
by Ruth B. Gross and pictures by Deborah Robison

*A House Spider's Life
by John Himmelman

*A Pill Bug's Life
by John Himmelman

A Tree Can Be...
by Judy Nayer and pictures by Anna Vojtech

Air Is All Around You 
by Franklyn M. Branley and illustrated by Holly Keller 

All Falling Down 
by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Graham Bloy 

Blue Sea 
by Robert Kalan and illus. By Donald Crews 

Chickens Aren't The Only Ones 
by Ruth Heller

Do Fish Drink?  First Questions and Answers about Water
by Time Life for Children

From Seed To Pear
by Ali Mitgutsch 

From Tadpole to FROG 
by Wendy Pfeffer and illustrated by Holly Keller 

Grover's Adventure Under The Sea
by Tom Cooke

Growing Vegetable Soup
by Lois Ehlert 

I Wish  I Were a Butterfly
by James Howe

Just a Seed
by Wendy Blaxland and illusstrated by Caroline Magerl

My Time of Year 
by Katharine Dow and Illustrated by Walter Erhard 

North Country Night
by Daniel San Souci

Peter Spier's Rain 
by Peter Spier

Planting A Garden 
by Lois Ehlert

by Manya Stopjic

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf 
by Lois Ehlert 

Take a Look and See: Every Inch of Me
by Scholastic Inc. and Wyeth Lederle Vaccines

The Carrot Seed 
by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson

The Aquarium Book
by George Ancona

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
As told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

The Mixed-Up Chameleon
by Eric Carle

*The Salamander Room
by Anne Mazer and illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

The Very Busy Spider 
by Eric Carle 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 
by Eric Carle 

Those Icky Sticky Smelly Cavity-Causing but...
Invisible Germs
by Judity Anne Rice and illustrated by Julie Stricklin

Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs
by Judith Ann Rice and illustrated by Reed Merrill

*Under A Stone
by Jen Green

*Under One Rock, bugs, slugs and other ughs
by Anthony D. Fredericks and illustrated by Jennifer Di Rubbio

*Wiggling Worms At Work
by Wendy Pheffer and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

*Wonderful Worms
by Linda Glaser

What Makes a Shadow?
by Clyde Robert Bulla

Where Once There Was a Wood
by Denise Fleming 

Who's Hiding Here? 
By Yoshi 

Who Sank the Boat 
by Pamela Allen

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  • My Body
  • Plants
  • Windy & Rainy Weather
  • Caterpillars & Butterflies
  • Ocean & Sea Activities
  • Outer Space Theme

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Fall Book Theme

Chipmunk Song 
by Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Lynne Cherry 

Every Autumn Comes The Bear 
by Jim Arnosky 

The following picture book is suggested by Traci
*Fall Leaves Fall
by Zoe Hall.

by Leo Lionni 

My Favorite Time Of The Year 
by Susan Pearson and illustrated by John Wallner 

The following picture book is suggested by Adrianna L.
*The Apple Pie Tree
by Zoe Hall

The Seasons Of Arnold's Apple Tree 
by Gail Gibbons 

The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle

The following picture books are suggested by Robyn

*Fall Harvest
by Gail Saunders

*How Do You Know It's Fall?
by Allan Folwer

*Fall Is Here! I Love It
by Elaine W. Good

*The Little Scarecrow Boy
 by Margaret Wise Brown

*Jeb Scarecrows Pumpkin Patch
by Jana Dillon

*Scarecrow's Secret
by Heather Amery

*One Fall Day
by Molly Bang

*Why Do Leaves Change Color?
by Betsy Maestro

*The Fall Gathering
by Winifred Barnum

*The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
by Leo F. Buscaglia

*Free Fall
by Davis Wiesner

*Autumn Leaves
by Ken Robbins

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Winter Book Theme

A Snowy Day 
by Ezra Jack Keats 

*A Starlit Somersault Downhill
by Nancy Willard and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Chicken Soup With Rice
by Maurice Sendak 

Sadie And The Snowman 
by Allen Morgan and illustrated by Brenda Clark 

Something Is Going To Happen 
by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Catherine Stock 

by Uri Shulevitz 

by Nina Crews

Snowflake Bentley 
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illus. by Mary Azarian

Snowsong Whistling
by Karen E. Lotz and illustrated by Elisa Eleven

The First Snowfall 
by Anne and Harlow Rockwell 

The Mitten 
by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Yaroslava 

The Mitten 
by Jan Brett 

The Polar Express 
by Chris Van Allsburg

*The Winter Solstice
by  Ellen Jackson

When It Starts to Snow
by Phillis Gershator and illustrated by Martin Matje

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Related preschool activity themes in the Rainbow Resource Room:

  • Hibernation Theme
  • Mittens, Mittens & Math
  • Penguin Activity Theme
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Spring and Summer Book Theme

A House Of Leaves 
by Kiyoshi Soya and illustrated by Akiko Hayashi 

A Summery Saturday Morning 
by Margaret Mahy 

Counting Wildflowers 
by Bruce McMillan 

First Comes Spring 
by Anne Rockwell 

Peter Rabbit 
by Beatrix Potter 

Sarah's Questions 
by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Susan Bonners

Sleep Bear 
by Lydia Dabcovich 

Summertime from Porgy and Bess (by GeorgeGershwin)
by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin

The Green Grass Grows All Around 
Traditional Folk Song Illustrated by Hilde Hoffman

*The Summer Solstice
by  Ellen Jackson

Take a peek at the Spring Theme and Summer Activities.

Related preschool activity themes in the Rainbow Resource Room:

  • Windy & Rainy Weather
  • Plant Activity Theme
  • Colorful Rainbows!
  • Caterpillars & Butterflies
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Transportation Book Theme

by Byron Barton 

by Byron Barton 

by Donald Crews 

Freight Train 
by Donald Crews 

The Car Trip 
by Helen Oxenbury 

The Little Engine That Could 
by Watty Piper 

The Train 
by David McPhail 

The Train To Lulu's 
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard and illus. by Robert Casilla 

by Byron Barton 

by Donald Crews 

by Byron Barton 

by Gail Gibbons

Take a peek at Transportation Nursery Rhymes & Finger Plays.

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Cats and Pets Book Theme

Amelia's Nine Lives 
by Lorna Balian 

Cats Do, Dogs Don't 
by Norma Simon and illustrated by Dora Leder 

by Charlotte Voake 

Harry The Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Have You Seen My Cat? 
By Eric Carle 

Hi, Cat! 
By Ezra Jack Keats 

Millions Of Cats
by Wanda Gag 

Where Does My Cat Sleep? 
By Norma Simon and illustrated by Dora Leder

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Bears and Teddy Bears Book Theme

A Pocket for Corduroy
by Don Freeman

by Don Freeman 

by Bruce Degen 

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? 
By Nancy White Carlstrom and illustrated by Bruce Degen 

The Teddy Bears' Picnic 
by Jimmy Kennedy and illustrated by Alexandra Day 

This Is The Bear 
by Sarah Hayes and illustrated by Helen Craig

*Where's My Teddy
by  Jez  Alborough

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  • Teddy Bear Activities
  • Hibernation Theme
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Classic Storybook Theme

Caps For Sale 
by Esphyr Slobodkina 

Curious George 
by H.A. Rey 

The Little Red Hen 
by Bryon Barton 

The Runaway Bunny 
by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd 

The Three Billy-Goats Gruff 
by Ellen Appleby 

Where The Wild Things Are 
by Maurice Sendak

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Outer  Space Book Theme

The Outer Space Activity Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room

A Book About Planets and Stars
by Betty Polisar Reigot

Draw Me a Star
by Eric Carle

Guys from Space 
by Daniel Pinkwater

*Hush, Little Alien     (suggested by Velma W.)
by Daniel Kirk

My Picture Book of the Planets
by Nancy E. Krulik

by Terence Dickinson

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
by Eric Carle

*Roaring Rockets
by Tony Mitton and A. Parker

Space Case 
by Edward Marshall

by Gail Gibbons

by Ben Mayer

The Planets in Our Solar System
by Franklyn M. Branley

What Is the Sun?
by Reeve Lindbergh

"An Adventure in Space" from the recording  On The Move   with Greg and Steve

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Counting and Number Book Theme

1 2 3 Pop!
by Rachel Isadora

Anno's Counting House 
by Mitsumasa Anno 

Arlene Alda's 1,2, 3
by Arlene Alda 

*City By Numbers
by Stephen Johnson

*Cookie Count, A tasty pop-up book
by Robert Sabuda

by Denise Fleming 

Counting Wildflowers
by Bruce McMillan

*Each Orange Had 8 Slices - A Counting Book
by Paul Giganti, Jr.   illustrated by Donald Crews

Farm Counting Book 
by Jane Miller 

Have You Seen My Duckling? 
By Nancy Tafuri 

*How Many Feet In The Bed?
by Diane Hamm

*I Can Count 100 Bunnies, and so can you!
by Cyndy Szekeres

Jelly Beans For Sale 
by Bruce McMillan 

Look Whooo's Counting
Suse MacDonald

Mouse Count 
by Ellen Walsh 

My Red Umbrella 
by Robert Bright 

One Two, One Pair!
Bruce McMillan

*One Two Three: An Animal Counting Book
by Marc Brown

Over In The Meadow 
by Olive A. Wadsworth and illustrated by Mary Maki Rae

Roar!  A Noisey Counting Book
by Pamela D. Edwards and illustrated by Henry Cole

Roll Over! A Counting Song 
Illustrated by Merle Peek 

by Ann Jonas 

Ten In A Bed
Mary Recs

Ten Black Dots 
by Donald Crews 

Ten, Nine, Eight 
by Molly Bang

The Bad Babies Counting Book 
by Tony Bradman and illustrated by Debbie van der Beek 

The Doorbell Rang 
by Pat Hutchins 

The Icky Bug Counting Book 
by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Ralph Masiello 

*What Comes In 2's, 3's, and 4's?
by Suzanne Aker

When We Went to the Park 
by Shirley Hughes

Picture books that introduce different math concepts:

Bigger and Smaller
by Robert Froman

Jim and the Beanstalk
by Raymond Briggs

Kathy's First Haircut
by Gibbs Davis

The Line Up Book
by Marisabina Russo

When Is Tomorrow?
by Nancy Dingman Wilson

The Wing on a Flea
by Ed Emberly

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  • Number Activity Theme
  • Mittens, Mittens & Math
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