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.
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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…

2 months

Hello Baby: Animals
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Roger Priddy
Macmillan (978-0-312515-97-3)
2013: This sturdy board book offers very high-contrast illustrations of friendly animals to share with babies.
Hip, Hop
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Catherine Hnatov
Star Bright Books (978-1-595722-66-9)
2012: Playful images of favorite friendly animals hop and splash, tweet and purr in captivating, contrasting black and white illustrations that will engage babies and invite them to look!

4 months

Quack Quack Maisy
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Lucy Cousins
Candlewick Press (978-0-763661-64-9)
2012: Maisy, the favorite mouse of so many babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, feeds the animals on her farm. The reader gets to experience all of the animals' wonderful noises and Lucy Cousins' …
Babies Are...
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DK Publishing
Dorling Kindersley LTD (978-1-465405-89-0)
Each page turn of this board book introduces us to a new baby face and a new thing that "babies are...". Watch your baby explore the faces, emotions, and activities of their fellow little ones.

6 months

Peekaboo Baby
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Sebastien Braun
Candlewick Press (978-0-763659-33-2)
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 activities while hiding beneath a big h…
Baby Faces
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Inc. Dorling Kindersley
Dorling Kindersley LTD (978-0-756671-75-4)
2012: This board book invites readers to lift flaps with stuffed animals on them to find the baby hiding beneath and to guess which facial expression each baby is making.

9 months

Do You Have A Tail?
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Simms Taback
Blue Apple Books (978-1-609052-58-4)
Distributed at 9 months in the RR program 2013-2014: This delightful book asks animals about their nose, eyes, and ears and asks the readers if they too have these same body parts. Blue Apple Books pr…
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

Hop a Little, Jump a Little
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Annie Kubler
Childs Play Intl Ltd (978-1-846433-41-2)
2012: Active toddlers run, jump, and hop a little in a bright playful romp of a board book.
My First Baby Animals
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DK Publishing
Dorling Kindersley LTD (978-0-756689-88-9)
Explore these fun-filled, colorful pages featuring baby animals, imaginative photographic designs, simple word labels, and stimulating questions that will keep toddlers interested and enthusiastic abo…

15 months

Who Hoo Are You?
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Kate Endle
Sasquatch Books (978-1-570616-47-1)
2012: From tipped-over turtle to hugely happy hippo, from busy buzzy bee to curious calico kitten, the colorful and original collage illustrations in this book are a treat. With just enough rhyme and …
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)
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 to settle down for the night. …
Who's in the Forest
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Phillis Gershator
Barefoot Books (978-1-846864-76-6)
2012: A rhyming story told through playful, energetic rhyming text and colorful illustrations introduces all sorts of creatures that make their home in the forest. Small children are invited to peek …

24 months

I Can Help
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David Hyde Costello
Macmillan (978-0-374335-26-7)
2012: When a duck gets lost and a monkey helps him find his way, it starts a chain reaction in which all the young animals help each other solve their problems.
Pond Babies
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Cathryn Falwell
Down East Books (2011; 978-0-892729-20-3)
2013: Pond Babies helps kids in their exploration of the natural world as they discover the creatures that live around the pond. Vibrant cut-paper collage along with a humorous bit of self-discovery a…

3 years

For Just One Day
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Laura Leuck
Chronicle Books (978-0-811856-10-2)
2012: After guessing the identity of each animal before turning the page, the reader pretends to be a porcupine, bear, crocodile, and bumblebee, but the sweet ending--and attached mirror--remind littl…
Baby Bear Sees Blue
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Ashley Wolff
Simon & Schuster (978-1-442413-06-1)
Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies, and other colorful things in nature.

4 years

Homer the Library Cat
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Reeve Lindbergh
Candlewick Press (978-0-763634-48-3)
2012: Homer is a very quiet cat. He lives in a very quiet house with a very quiet lady. But one day, while the lady is away, Homer hears a very loud sound, and out the window he goes! Poor Homer just …
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!
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Mo Willems
Harpercollins Childrens Books (2011; 978-0-062004-00-0)
2013: Amanda and her alligator have lots of fun playing together and surprising each other, but when Amanda's grandfather buys her a panda, Alligator must learn to make new friends.

5 years

Maine Stories for Maine Children: A Raising Readers Collection
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (978-0-547747-72-9)
2012: This book is an anthology of five picture books, each created by an author or illustrator from Maine. It contains the wonderful picture books Baby Bear's Big Dreams, illustrated by Rockland art…
Raising Readers: A Collection of Stories from Maine
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Candlewick Press (978-0-763664-89-3)
2013: This book is an anthology of six picture books, each created by an author or illustrator from Maine. It contains the wonderful picture books The Big Meow, illustrated by the artist Cynthia Jaba…