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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Newborn

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…
Snug
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

Hello Baby: Animals
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Roger Priddy
Macmillan (978-0-312515-97-3)
2013/2014 distribution to 2Mos: This sturdy board book offers very high-contrast illustrations of friendly animals to share with babies.
Look Look Outside!
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Peter Linenthal
Penguin Group USA (978-0-803737-29-7)
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 depict everyday objects such a…

4 months

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.
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…

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

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
This book has 1 review
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

Yawn
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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…
Pond Babies
This book has 1 review
Cathryn Falwell
Down East Books (2011; 978-0-892729-20-3)
2013/2014 distribution to 2Yr olds: 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 hu…

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

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…
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!
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Mo Willems
Harpercollins Childrens Books (2011; 978-0-062004-00-0)
2013/2014 distribution to 4 yr olds: 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 …

5 years

Raising Readers: A Collection of Stories from Maine
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Candlewick Press (978-0-763664-89-3)
2013/2014: 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…
Tales for Growing Tall: A Raising Readers Collection for the Children of Maine
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Various
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 …