Jumpstart Read for the Record Books
• Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis
A girl named Lulu or otherwise known as Ladybug Girl, gathers her friends Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl, Butterfly Girl for some imaginary fun. Lulu and her friends learn about friendship, feelings, and courage.
• The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and Loren Long
In this classic tale, a little train carrying a cargo of toys makes her way up the hill with the inspirational words, “I think I can.”
• The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
A classic tale of a bull that refused to be bullied into behaving differently. While all the other bulls would run, jump, and butt their heads, Ferdinand would rather sit, smell the flowers, and be true to himself.
• Corduroy by Don Freeman
This is the story of a young girl who wanted to buy a teddy bear but was told by her mother that she couldn’t. They didn’t have enough money, and the teddy bear was missing a button. The little girl later used money from her piggy bank to purchase the stuffed bear, and repaired is shoulder strap by sewing on a new button. Before his purchase, Corduroy has some adventures in the department store.
• The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The 1963 Caldecott Medal Winner is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Peter enjoys the snowy city with a day of many adventures including experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, making snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day.
• The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A delightful story that introduces children to the days of the week, foods and the growth cycle. The predictable text is a great way to get your child to read along with you.
• Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
A young llama worries when his mother, who is downstairs, doesn’t respond quickly to his calls. He cries out louder and louder each time, until he hollers for her. He learns that mothers are sometimes busy, and that prevents them from responding immediately. He also learns that children must be patient.