Welcome To Our Current Book Collection

Books for raising readers are quality, hardcover books selected by Maine people who know about children's literature: doctors, librarians, child development experts, and parents. By the time a child "graduates" from raising readers, he or she has a small library of twelve books to call their very own. Note: raising readers books turn over on a rolling basis, titles may vary.

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Baby's Very First Little Black & White Little Library
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Stella Baggott
Usborne/EDC/Kane Miller (978-0-794532-41-3)
Four miniature books featuring black and white illustrations with color highlights present the words for animals, emotions, parts of the face, and other familiar sights in an infant's world.
Mockingbird Song
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Carol Thompson
Childs Play Intl Ltd (978-1-846435-74-4)
In a new version of the old lullaby "Hush Little Baby,” a baby is promised not a diamond ring, but a daisy ring and a day full of play with his or her caregivers.
Animals, Zoom, Mommies and Babies set
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Simms Taback
Blue Apple Books (978-1-934706-87-9)
Simms Taback's bright colors and bold illustrations bring a fresh look to beginning concept board books. The three board books present colorful cartoon images of different types of cars and trucks, a…
This book has 1 review
Carol Thompson
Childs Play Intl Ltd (2011; 978-1-846433-73-3)
What makes you feel snug? Is it being curled up in a blanket? Feeling safe in your cozy bed? Being at home? Or being given a hug? All sorts of children are compared to all sorts of animals as we look …
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
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Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books (978-0-811852-30-2)
In a tenderly illustrated edition of a classic rhyme, detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals with their…
A Kiss Means I Love You
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Kathryn Madeline Allen
Albert Whitman (978-0-807541-86-9)
"A kiss means I love you, a wave means hello, a smile means I'm happy, a tug means, let's go!" Featuring engaging photographs of real children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches littl…

2 months

Look Look Outside!
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Peter Linenthal
Penguin Group USA (978-0-803737-29-7)
Distribution to 2M 2014-2015: A baby looks outside the window and sees all sorts of interesting things. The striking black-and-white contrasting spreads are designed specifically for infant eyes and …
Baby's Very First Animals Book
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Usborne/EDC/Kane Miller (978-0-794524-65-4)
Each brightly-bordered board-book page features an animal and the sound it makes. Simple animal shapes on black or white backgrounds make strong images for the youngest eyes.

4 months

Baby Look
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Shanda LaRamee-Jones
Nimbus Publishing (978-1-551099-37-8)
Baby Look is an accordion-style book that can be unfolded to entertain your baby during tummy time. Babies love to look at baby faces, and this book is dual-sided, featuring beautiful photos of babies…
Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug
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Susan Musgrave
Orca Book Publishers (978-1-459801-63-9)
An enjoyable board book for babies and toddlers that introduces facial expressions, emotions, and gestures of affection. In Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug, emotions are linked to facial expressions with an…

6 months

Peekaboo Baby
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Sebastien Braun
Candlewick Press (978-0-763659-33-2)
2013-2014 distribution at 6 months: A colorful, interactive lift-flap storybook for babies who love to play peek-a-boo features a sequence of endearing, partially hidden babies engaged in familiar act…
Peek-a WHO?
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Nina Laden
Chronicle Books (978-0-811826-02-0)
The reader can look through die-cut pages for a clue to complete a game of peek-a-boo. Colorful pictures and simple rhyming build the anticipation of what's hiding on the next page and keep youngster…

9 months

One, two, three...Crawl!
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Carol Thompson
Childs Play Intl Ltd (978-1-846436-14-7)
Run, climb, crawl, or jump – everybody loves to move! Fast or slow, up or down, alone or with our friends! Carol Thompson’s exquisite illustrations allow us to share and explore the strug…
Big Fat Hen
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Keith Baker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (1997; 978-0-152013-31-8)
"One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door...Nine, ten, big fat hen!" The familiar counting rhyme has been moved to the hen house in this bright book for babies and toddlers. Each set of n…

12 months

My First Baby Animals
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DK Publishing
Dorling Kindersley LTD (978-0-756689-88-9)
Program distribution at 12M 2013/2014: Explore these fun-filled, colorful pages featuring baby animals, imaginative photographic designs, simple word labels, and stimulating questions that will keep t…
Baby's Busy World
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DK Publishing
Penguin Group USA (978-0-756610-18-0)
Program distribution at 12M 2014/2015: Featuring all the things that babies love to do, from playing peek-a-boo to tickling tummies and counting toes, Baby's Busy World is sure to become a child's fav…

15 months

Who Am I?  Farm Animals
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DK Publishing
Dorling Kindersley LTD (978-0-756690-17-5)
Guess who's hiding! With a peephole format to keep babies and toddlers engaged, and age-appropriate text introducing simple facts about favorite objects and animals, this board book provides the perfe…
Goodnight Owl
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Dwell Studios
Blue Apple Books (2011; 978-1-609050-83-2)
Simple text invites the reader to look under lift-up flaps to find various creatures as they go to sleep at night in the forest.

18 months

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Sally Symes
Candlewick Pr (978-0-763657-25-3)
Distributed at 18M 2013-2014: A read-aloud, rhyming tale featuring an infectious yawn that travels from a little boy through a sequence of purring, pecking, and digging animal friends who cannot wait …
Time For A Hug
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Phillis Gershator
Sterling Publishing (978-1-454908-56-2)
Distribution to 18M 2014-2015: When is it time for a hug? Anytime! From the moment Little Bunny wakes up in the morning until the moon comes out and the stars shine, every hour includes a warm hug fro…

24 months

Around the Neighborhood, A Counting Lullaby
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Sarah L. Thomson
Amazon Children's Publishing (978-0-761461-64-7)
2014/2015 distribution to 4Yr olds: The popular lullaby "Over in the Meadow" is reimagined in this fun counting book that visits the families in a neighborhood, including a mother and her child, a dog…
Hello Baby!
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Mem Fox
Simon & Schuster (978-1-416985-13-6)
2015-2016 distribution to 2yr olds: After meeting a bevy of baby animals — including a clever monkey, a sleepy leopard, and a dusty lion cub — the baby in this story discovers the most pre…

3 years

Baby Bear Sees Blue
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Ashley Wolff
Simon & Schuster (978-1-442413-06-1)
RR 3yr old selection 2013/2014: Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies, and other colorful things in nature.
There Was A Tree
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Rachel Isadora
Penguin Group USA (978-0-399257-41-4)
RR 3yr old selection 2014/2015. A favorite children's song also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around" is presented in a tribute to African wildlife and culture. "The prettiest tree that you eve…

4 years

Harold Finds A Voice
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Courtney Dicmas
Childs Play Intl Ltd (978-1-846435-50-8)
2014/2015 distribution to 4 year olds - A clever parrot named Harold gets tired of mimicking just the sounds in the apartment where he lives, so one day he seizes the opportunity to escape out into th…
A House in the Woods
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Inga Moore
Candlewick Press (978-0-763652-77-7)
One little pig has made a little den for herself in the woods, and another little pig has a small hut next door. One morning they return from a walk to find that their big friend Bear has moved into t…

5 years

Tales for Growing Tall: A Raising Readers Collection for the Children of Maine
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Penguin Group USA (978-0-803741-17-1)
2014/2015: This book is an anthology of five picture books, each created by an author or illustrator from Maine. It contains the wonderful picture books Beach Day, illustrated by Peaks Island artist …
Raising Readers: A  Medley of Maine Children’s Stories
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Down East Books (978-1-608934-66-9)
This book is an anthology of five picture books, each created by an author or illustrator from Maine. It contains the wonderful picture books Maine ABC, created by Maine artist Susan Ramsay Hoguet; W…