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Board Books Picks For Your Preschool Classroom!

Board books are just right for the littlest hands, and Holiday House has a selection of books from intriguing nonfiction to entertaining fiction!

This Month's Picks

Tool Book
by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons, Illustrator


K-3: RI.2, 6, 7

A board book guide to tools and what they do from beloved nonfiction author Gail Gibbons.

What are tools? How do they help us make things? For busy toddlers keen on building, Gail Gibbons presents the answers to those questions in this cheerful board book introduction to tools and what they do. From rulers, hammers, and saws, to drills, nuts, and bolts, Gibbons covers basic tools and shows them in action!

Wake Up, Tug!
by Michael Garland
Michael Garland, Illustrator



Tug is a little boat with a big job! He pulls cruise ships, tall ships, and even a fireworks barge! This charming board book follows a day in the life of a New York City tugboat. Simple language, lush illustrations, and a happy, straightforward story will appeal to the youngest children.

The 12 Days of Christmas
by Jane Cabrera
Jane Cabrera, Illustrator


K: RL. 1, 2, 3, 7

Jane Cabrera's signature animals celebrate Christmas with joy and love in this adaptation of the beloved holiday song. Her cheerful illustrations show magic mice, drumming dogs, skiing squirrels, and a whole crowd of festive creatures. Accompanying the colorful art and jolly text is sheet music set to Cabrera's lyrics.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
by Jane Cabrera
Jane Cabrera, Illustrator


L.1.1, 1b, 1f, 1g, 1h, 1j, 2, 2a, 2b, 2e
W.1.3, 5, 6, 8
RF.1.1, 1a, 2, 2b, 2d, 3, 3b, 3e,4, 4b
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6
RL.1.1-7, 9, 10

1. What is Black Sheep's problem in the story? How is the problem resolved? RL.K-1.1, 3

2. What lesson does this rhyme teach you? Write about a time that you gave back to someone who helped you. RL.K-1.2 / W.K-1.3

3. In small groups find the rhyming words in the story. (wool / full, mittens / kittens, vest / nest, peep / sheep, wig / pig, missus / kisses, gone / on) RF.K-1.2

4. Compare and contrast two versions of the nursery rhyme "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." Record the two versions as a class. RL.K-1.10 / RF.K-1.4

A girl who can't seem to stop knitting and a sheep who just can't say no star in this captivating new rendition of the well-loved nursery song.

As a host of characters from nursery rhymes receive wonderful handmade gifts, poor Black Sheep's coat grows thinner. But there is a special reward in store for a generous sheep in this story about the joy of giving.

For extra fun, follow a winding strand of yarn through the pages of the book. Sheet music is included.

Down on the Farm
by Merrily Kutner
Will Hillenbrand, Illustrator



Down on the farm the roosters call, the horses neigh, the chicks won't sleep, the pig snouts "oink," and the cats powow! Readers zip along on the trail of one naughty little goat during a day in the life of a very busy, very noisy farmyard crew.

The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Moore
Tomie dePaola, Illustrator


K: RL.4, RL.5
1, 2: RL.4
3: RL.5, RL.7

On the 30th anniversary of the publication of the hardcover, this classic edition of a beloved Christmas poem, illustrated by Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor Award-winner Tomie dePaola, is now available as a board book.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. . . . Clement Moore's much-loved poem, written as a gift for his six children on Christmas Eve, has touched the hearts of families ever since it was first published in 1822. Legendary author/illustrator Tomie dePaola has set the poem in a mid-nineteenth-century New England town perfectly suited to the nostalgic text. The illustrations were modeled after dePaola's own home in a small New Hampshire village, and the borders are based on stunning designs from New England quilts from his own collection. Now this classic edition can be enjoyed by the very youngest readers as a board book.

The hardcover picture book edition of Tomie dePaola's The Night Before Christmas was a Booklist Children's Reviewers' Choice title. It was called a "treasure" by Booklist in a starred review and "the award winner's most remarkable opus" and "a singular feat" by Publishers Weekly.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
by Jane Cabrera
Jane Cabrera, Illustrator



K: RL. 1, 2, 3, 7

Row, row, row your boat
Slowly down the creek.
If you see the swimming mice,
Don't forget to squeak.

Jane Cabrera has created a cozy rendition of a beloved song. In this picture book, a rosy-cheeked kitten and puppy come upon one delightful animal surprise after another as they paddle down a rain forest river. Sheet music, along with Cabrera's jaunty new verses, is included.


"Nursery rhymes and cheerful ditties have become Cabrera's forte. . . . This makes a fine addition to storytime collections where song variations are ever popular."—Booklist

"Each verse (nine, including the original) may also be found with musical notation on the final page . . . A general purchase for all libraries."—School Library Journal

What a Treasure!
by Jane Hillenbrand
Will Hillenbrand, Illustrator



Mole's unforgettable treasure hunt, a friendship story, is now in the perfect format for the youngest of readers—and littlest of hands.

Mole has a new shovel and he is digging for buried treasure. But what he finds are treasures for everyone else! He finds a stick and gives it to Bird for his nest. He finds a shell and gives it to Snail for a home. An acorn he gives to Squirrel for his dinner. Finally, he finds a treasure for himself, a friend.