18 Books for Little Ones from the Tatum Center

Posted on April 17, 2017

by Angela B

The Art Tatum Resource Center at the Kent Branch Library has many great picture books for children and adults to share. Here are 18 picture books perfect for our youngest patrons:

Sing-Along Song by JoAnn Early Macken A child sings along with the songs made by everyday sounds, from the chirping of a robin in the morning to the cooing of baby sister as she falls asleep in the evening.
The Babysitter Sings by Phillis Gershator A babysitter sings a rhyming song to reassure the child.
Busy Toes by C.W. Bowie A playful list of some of the many things that toes can do, from waving and tickling to splashing and squishing.
Welcome, Precious by Nikki Grimes Illustrations and text welcome a new baby to some of life’s delights, from “the glistening mystery of soap bubbles” to “the swish of leaves in the breeze.”
Wow! It Sure is Good to be You! by Cynthia Jabar A young girl learns that she is loved and appreciated for being a very special person.
Bring on that Beat by Rachel Isadora Illustrations and rhyming text evoke the rhythms of jazz music.
My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Maya loves to dance, leap, pirouette, and bow in tutus and leotards or kente clothe and cowrie shells.
Brown Sugar Babies by Charles R. Smith, Jr. Illustrations and rhyming text describe babies in terms of different sweet and tasty brown treats.
Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson Inspired by his family experiences and his father’s paintings, a young boy creates four poems.
Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold Names the people and objects that make a girl’s New York City apartment, school, and neighborhood special.
Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison Children spend the day with their grandmother, who ignores their mother’s carefully planned schedule in favor of activities that are much more fun.
Sunday by Synthia Saint James Portrays a family as they spend a typical Sunday eating breakfast, going to church, and visiting their grandparents.
My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls A young girl and her grandmother enjoy a day filled with tea parties, hide-and-seek, stories, and plenty of love.
The Wedding by Angela Johnson Daisy describes the preparations leading up to her older sister’s wedding and the joyous and bittersweet feelings surrounding the event itself.
Lily Brown’s Paintings by Angela Johnson When Lily Brown paints, she imagines all sorts of fantastic things in the scenes that she sees every day.
Bigger Than Daddy by Harriet Ziefert Edward wants to be bigger than Daddy, so for one afternoon they pretend to exchange places
Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers Jeremy sets out to discover all of the different “people” that make him who he is, including brother, son, writer, and runner.
Sophie by Mem Fox As Sophie grows bigger and her grandfather gets smaller, they continue to love each other very much.
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