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Early Literacy Books

There are thousands of children’s books in the Dakota County Library collection — and almost any can be used to develop or improve early literacy skills. Here are a few titles that were highlighted by the New York Public Library. Check out your local Dakota County Library branch for staff recommendations on additional resources you might use with your early readers.

Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack
A frog has a series of narrow escapes in this lively romp written using only two letters.

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
A wordless, lift-the-flap story of two very different dancers who find a way to overcome their differences through balletic movement.

Journey by Aaron Becker
Luminous illustrations chart an ordinary child's adventure through an extraordinary world.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Uptight society is in for a change when Mr. Tiger goes back to his jungle instincts. It's Wilderness vs. City. Which will win?

The Silver Button by Bob Graham
From a soldier's goodbye to a blackbird's lunch on a path, Graham shows all that can happen in a single moment in time.

Can’t Scare Me by Ashley Bryan
This rhythmic read-aloud tells the story of a wild and fearless little boy who boldly faces down his two- and three-headed giant foes.  An exuberantly illustrated trickster tale.

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Goat used to think he was pretty cool until that Unicorn came along. But how can you compete with a guy who can make it rain cupcakes?

Moonday by Adam Rex
Hush now—the moon has come down to Earth, the sun is nowhere to be seen...and now the tide is rising. A tale for dozy times with glimmering nighttime scenes.

Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley
Lovingly crafted figures set in a gentle forest tell the tale of Hank and the hummingbird egg he comes to care for. A wordless charmer.

No Fits Nilson by Zachariah Ohora
A toddler tames her gorilla friend in this sweet tale of tantrums, tears, and banana ice cream.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown
Jamie goes from gentle green and hungry yellow to moody black and stormy gray in a single day.

Last updated: 12/29/2015 4:48 AM