Classic Picture Books (Ages 3-8)

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release date: Jan 01, 2005
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The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear...How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.
release date: Jan 01, 1988
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Now you can enjoy the bestselling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in miniature with your very own Mouse Cookie CD!

The Mouse Cookie CD includes:

"The Mouse Cookie"
This high-energy pop song will make you get up and dance!

A reading!
Actress Carol Kane reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to you.

"Wrong Words"
This silly song is sure to inspire lots of goofy guesses and giggles.

Who Made This Book?
Learn some fun facts about Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

Fill-in-the-Blanks
An interactive game led by Carol Kane.

Read Along!
This reading of the book has turn-the-page beeps so you can read along.

release date: Jan 01, 1989
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.
What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.
release date: Nov 09, 1988
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Where the Wild Things Are

In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.

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Eloise in Paris
Following the success of last year's calendar, based on the beloved children's classic, this calendar brings to life the unstoppable six-year-old in all her mischievous splendor. This calendar is the only Eloise wall calendar available. Originally published in the 1950s, all four Eloise books have been re-issued: The Absolutely Essential Eloise, a special tribute edition, which came out to rave reviews, Eloise in Paris in May 1999, Eloise at Christmastime in October 1999 and Eloise in Moscow in March 2000. These plus the new July 2000 title Eloise's Guide To Life, based on the original books, made both the New York Times and Publishers' Weekly bestseller lists. Includes 12 beautiful and original illustrations by Hilary Knight. The calendar also includes a special Eloise poster.
release date: Oct 01, 2003
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Very Hungry Caterpillar
This is the classic edition of the best-selling story written for the very young. A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food.
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Fox in Socks

In this hilarious book, the irrepressible Fox in Socks teaches a baffled Mr. Knox some of the slickest, quickest tongue-twisters in town.

With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.

As the first step in a major rebrand programme, HarperCollins is relaunching 17 of Dr. Seuss's best-selling books, including such perennial favourites as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks. In response to consumer demand, the bright new cover designs incorporate much needed guidance on reading levels, with the standard paperbacks divided into three reading strands – Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for budding readers to tackle on their own, and Yellow Back Books for older, more fluent readers to enjoy. Fox in Socks belongs to the Green Back Book range.

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The Story of Ferdinand
Lavishly illustrated version of the classic story, with black and white drawings by Robert Lawson.
release date: Jan 01, 1984
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Corduroy
A Spanish language edition of the picture book classic!
 
One of School Library Journal's "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time (2012) 
One of the National Education Association's "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."

Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child's friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.
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Madeline
A Caldecott Honor Book

Madeline truly needs no introduction. An enduring classic, Madeline continues to enchant readers more than seventy years after its first publication.

Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick. To Madeline, a trip to the hospital is a grand adventure.
release date: Jan 01, 2000
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The Complete Adventures of Curious George
Curious George, the monkey with the talent for trouble, has delighted millions of readers for more than fifty years. Now fans can have all seven of the original Curious George titles in one complete volume. Stories included in this collector's edition are Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital.
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Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by generations of readers—now celebrating its 75th anniversary!

This story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and teaches children about problem and resolution. Children will delight in following the peddler's efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers.

Supports the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

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