What are the best books that every 3-5 year old should have?

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    #1The Gruffalo

    The Gruffalo
    In The Gruffalo, a mouse is taking a stroll through a dark forest when he finds a hungry fox, an owl and finally a snake. The mouse is good to eat and invents, so he creates the Gruffalo, a creature with terrible claws and terrible jaws. 
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    Bob Sun
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Ever since I bought this book my child begs me to read it to them before bed. I think it's a really interesting but well written, I've think I've read it now 10 times."
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    #2Olivia

    Olivia
    Olivia is a beautiful book written and illustrated by Ian Falconer that shows us how a lovely pig has fun by singing, dancing, painting, and more! It is a very nice quality book with wonderful drawings.



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    Gregory Sanchez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Classic childrens story series. Kids will love the tone of the book and parents will appreciate it and find humor in it as well."
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    #3Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are
    Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's picture books of all time, written by American author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.
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    Virginia Gutiérrez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Where the Wild Things are is a classic! This is a must-read for any child in this age range. The illustrations are beautiful. Perfect for children and adults alike!"
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    #4Green Eggs and Ham

    Green Eggs and Ham

    “Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in the classic book for children by Dr Seuss that has cemented its place among American children for ages. Follow Sam-I-Am and encourage your children to read by themselves. 

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    Gloria Johnston
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Dr. Seuss is known for this little orange book. All the kids had them when they were small. It IS a Best book for children. Reads easily and rhymes well which is very helpful for those little ones, learning to love the written word. "
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    #5If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond is a children's book and one of the If You Give... Series. This book tells the story of an energetic but hungry traveler, who asks for a food and more as he passes by a random house. 

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    Echo Xia
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a classic book that I read over 20 years ago when I was in elementary school, so it was really fun to read it again now. It's a great story that is well written and timeless."
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    #6Library Lion

    Library Lion
    Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen is a beautiful picture book about a lion in a library. The story shows children the importance of following rules. With wonderful illustrations and great characters, kids will love this tale!


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    Samuel Russell
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book has easily become a favorite for my four year old, who insists on reading it every night. It's got a great lesson to it as well, in reinforcing the importance of following the rules. The illustrations are great and do a good job of wowing my child. It's a cute story and one that a parent can enjoy while reading to their child. For a young child, this book is definitely one of the best."
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    #7How I Became a Pirate

    How I Became a Pirate
    How I Became a Pirate is children's literature graphic novel written by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon. This picture book was first published in 2003. It won the Book Sense Book of the Year Award.
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    Gabriel Meza
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book by David Long and Melinda Shannon was a real treat for myself and my young child. This story really captures the imagination while you going at sea in a pirate adventure that you will never forget. You will laugh and chuckle all the while through this exciting high seas, swashbuckling adventure!"
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    #8Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a picture book written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz. It was first published in 1987 and is a part of the Alexander Series.

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    Carl Richardson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a book every three to five year needs, especially buys. I loved this book when I was younger and my Mom would read it to me. We’ve all been in Alexander’s shoes and know we have to stick it out through the bad to get to the good."
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    #9Go, Dog. Go!

    Go, Dog. Go!

    First published in 1961, Go, Dog. Go! is a classic children's picture book written by P.D. Eastman. It aims to teach children about simple prepositions by telling the story of a bunch of dogs who are on their way to a dog party.

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    Ángela Baltazar
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The information requested is very subjective, but this seems to be a well reviewed book that's been around for years and it fits the requested age range. This book would work for the age group of the children that was requested."
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    #10No, David!

    No, David!
    No, David! is a children's picture book written and illustrated by David Shannon. It aims to teach children about the unconditional love of parents by telling the story of mischievous David, who always does something he shouldn't.
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    Juan King
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Best david was one of the first books i read to my child. It was a heartwarming read that i love to read over and over."
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    #11Are You My Mother? (Beginner Series)

    Are You My Mother? (Beginner Series)

    Are You My Mother? is the story of a bird finding its mother, who was hunting for food when the little bird hatched out of its egg. With creative rhymes and colorful pages, this book is a perfect read for beginners.

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    Andrea Welch
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Are You My Mother is a funny book. I can remember reading this to my son when he was 3 years old and he thought it was hilarious. It was our favorite book. "
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    #12Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

    Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

    Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! was published on November 26,1996 by Random House. Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! is an adaptation from Dr. Seuss's ABC published in 1963 by Random House.

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    Stephanie Griffin
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "In my opinion 1 of the best Dr Seuss books for 3-5 year olds would have to be DR Seuss ABC An amazing alphabet book. This book helps little 1s learning the alphabet and the process of reading. Anything Dr Seuss is a great suggestion for a kiddo."
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    #13Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon is a classic of children's literature written by Margareth Wise that combines beautiful poetry with astonishes illustrations. It is, for sure, the perfect bedtime story for kids up to 3 years old.

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    Roger Hopkins
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This is an okay suggestion because the recommended reading level is 4-8 years old. The book has good ratings and is good if a child can read well."
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    #14Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!

    Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!
    Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner, Mo Willems. It tells the story of a pigeon who begs and pleads to drive the bus, but the reader must not let him.
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    Lorenzo Martínez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Throughout the book (with VERY simple, pale illustrations - not a lot of busyness on each page), the Pigeon looks directly at and speaks directly to your child, using all of the methods of pleading to get your little person to give in to letting him drive the bus that he/she might typically use to try to get his/her way with YOU (i.e."Please?", "I never get to do anything!", "How 'bout I give you five bucks?", "No fair!", etc.) The Pigeon finally resorts to throwing a physical and verbal tantrum... "LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!!!" and then sulks when he's still not allowed to. The driver returns, thanks your child, and then it ends with a big semi-trailer arriving, the Pigeon eyeing it and saying, "Hey...", ready to begin the whole scenario again - as children will do! This is a silly little book where it'll be interesting to watch your child's reaction to having the tables turned! "
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    #15Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon is a timeless story of the power of a child's imagination. In this story, Harold goes on a moonlit adventure armed only with his big purple crayon.
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    Raymundo Gálvez
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This is the perfect book for any situation. Harold and the Purple Crayon is always a childhood memory. Harolds book is exciting and fun to follow. Great visuals used inside and always a good read."
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    #16Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon

    Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon

    Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon is a children's fiction graphic novel written by Jules Bass and illustrated by Debbie Garter which was originally published on July 12, 2007. This book follows the story of a vegetarian dragon.

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    Joan Obrien
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I'm a bit confused because there are two versions of this book. In the edition we borrowed from our library, Herb is going to walk the plank. Our son loved the book so much we bought a copy for our home...but the edition we own talks about the executioner getting ready to behead Herb. The first version was pushing it, but the beheading is just not appropriate at all for young children. Otherwise, our son really loves this story but it it misses the boat a bit on promoting vegetarianism, since the meat-eaters still eat animals."
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    #17Don't Laugh at Me

    Don't Laugh at Me

    Don't Laugh at Me is a children's picture and music book written by Allen Shamblin and Steve Seskin and popularized by Mark Wills. It is first published in 2002.

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    Carolyn Jenkins
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Eh, not that great, to be honest."
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    #18Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!

    Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
    Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! is a children's picture board book written and illustration made by Sandra Boynton which features colorful and humorous illustrations of dinosaurs with vibrant texts. 
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    Paula Esparza
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I bought this for my daughter on her 4th birthday and she loved every page of the book with it's wonderfully colored illustrations. She especially liked the characters expression and I liked that even though it was a board book, it wasn't short or too simple for her age."
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    #19Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story

    Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story

    Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story is a children's pirate picture book by Grammy Award-winning storyteller Bill Harley and bestselling illustrator Jack E. Davis for Pre-School to Grade 2 students.

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    Frank Jones
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I had a nephew having a 4th birthday and I knew exactly what I was going to get him. I read the book Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story to my son when he was 4 and he loved it. This is a great books for 3 to 5 year olds."
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    #20Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale

    Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale

    Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale is a children's literature book written and illustrated by Henrick Drescher. This book tells the story of a pudge escaping to find personal growth. It is originally published in 2006.

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    Eugene Mendoza
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "An entertaining book for vegetarians to give to their children. Interesting read with an obvious viewpoint"
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    #21Ancient Thunder

    Ancient Thunder
    Ancient Thunder is a picture book written and illustrated by Leo Yerxa, an artist of Ojibwa ancestry. The book is a tribute to wild horses who helped the First Peoples. It was published by Groundwood Books in 2012.
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    Guadalupe Quintana
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This is an interesting book that every child should read, it develops their imagination, and also connect them with mother nature. "
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    #22Barnyard Dance!

    Barnyard Dance!
    Barnyard Dance is a children's picture board book written and illustration made by Sandra Boynton which features rhyming texts and eccentric characters that will get kids and adults singing along. 
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    Verónica Orozco
    Written on April 15, 2018
    " You will love any book that lets children turn the pages while Mommy makes animal sounds and reads the story. Always enjoy Boynton books."
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    #23Pirate Girl

    Pirate Girl
    Pirate Girl is a children's picture book from bestselling author Cornelia Funke and acclaimed illustrator Kerstin Meyer. It's a glorious adventure tale celebrating girlhood, embodied by Molly, a feisty girl kidnapped by Captain Firebeard.
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    Edward Allen
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Pirate Girl is a children's book about a girl named Molly who braves the seas. It's a classic book that every child should own. It also has fantastic drawings to help illustrate the story and keeps kids re-reading it."
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    #24The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday

    The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday

    The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday (The Berenstain Bears) is a birthday-themed, children's book written by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. It is published in 1986 by Random House Books for Young Readers.

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    Jordan Hunter
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Great book for younger readers; and I still have my 30+ year old copy, so I passed this down to my nephew, who I am told, begs for it every night. Mission accomplished. "
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    #25Snuggle Puppy!

    Snuggle Puppy!
    Snuggle Puppy! is a children's picture board book written and illustration made by Sandra Boynton which features a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming texts to sing along with. This is the perfect bedtime book to read for children. 
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    Jesse Barrett
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "A book that my son's teacher suggested that we read together is Snuggle Puppy!. She told me that this book would help him increase his reading comprehension as this book is very good for this."
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    #26The Horse in Harry's Room

    The Horse in Harry's Room

    The Horse in Harry's Room is a children's learning book written and illustrated by Syd Hoff. It is about a boy named Harry who had an imaginary pet horse in his room.

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    Andrea Armstrong
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This was a wonderful bed time story for my daughter to settle down to every night. My daughter is quite fond of horses and thought having a horse living in her bedroom even if no one else could see him was a great idea! The ending is very sweet and as a parent I loved that the book was not too hard for her to read as a beginning reader."
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    #27The Princess Who Liked To Be Popular

    The Princess Who Liked To Be Popular

    The Princess Who Liked To Be Popular is a fairy tale novel written and illustrated by Violet Plum which was first published in 2014. This book follows the story of Princess Primrose who wants to be loved by everyone.

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    Vibhore Singhal
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "A great new kid's book that teaches us to be ourselves. It's especially a good book in our current political climate. Every time I read this to me 4-year old, I try to make subtle political statements along the way."
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    #28Why Are You A Vegan? And Other Wacky Verse For Kids

    Why Are You A Vegan? And Other Wacky Verse For Kids

    Why Are You A Vegan? And Other Wacky Verse For Kids is a compilation of Violet Plum's rhyming stories for children. This graphic novel is filled with colorful and eye-catching visuals and art suitable for kids.

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    Donald Mason
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Given the choices including Dr. Seuss and other fantastic children's books, this one is a book compiled with a number of rhymes that explain why someone is a vegan. "
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    #29Happy Birthday to You!

    Happy Birthday to You!

    Happy Birthday to You! is a full-color picture book for children by Dr. Seuss. With over 60 pages, this children's book is published in 1959 by Random House Books for Young Readers.

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    Terry Gonzalez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Dr. Seuss books are classics. They are typically among the first books introduced to a child. Hopefully it will remain that way."
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    #30A to Z

    A to Z

    A to Z is a children's picture board book written and illustration made by Sandra Boynton which features animal characters and nontraditional texts which have been reprinted on thick board pages. 

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    Rachel Johnston
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is one of the first board books that my kid received. It helped her understand her letters in a fun way."
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    #31Your Personal Penguin

    Your Personal Penguin
    Your Personal Penguin is a children's picture book by Sandra Boynton. It tells the story of a lively penguin who wants to be a reluctant hippo's personal penguin, and they end up doing everything together.
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    Kai Long
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "It's always a struggle getting my child to sit down and read a book with me. This great book, however, found a way to capture his attention. Great pictures and story keep this book interesting to a toddler as they follow the story of the penguin and hippo. This is one of those books your child will want to read again and again. A really fun book."
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    #32Dragons Love Tacos 2

    Dragons Love Tacos 2

    Dragons Love Tacos 2 is the sequel to the New York Times bestselling picture book for kids written by the award-winning pair of Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. It was published in May 2017.

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    Eric Lynch
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I browsed Dragons Love Tacos 2 in the bookstore and I thought it fell flat. It seemed that a great many of the illustrations and jokes feel very similar to the first book."
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    #33Blue Hat, Green Hat

    Blue Hat, Green Hat

    Blue Hat, Green Hat is a children's picture board book written and illustration made by Sandra Boynton which features a turkey who cannot dress himself properly. This is a reprinted version on thick board pages. 

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    Rodrigo Salas
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A great book for an 3-5 year old to read is Blue Hat, Green Hat. What stands out is Sandra Boynton`s art which not only educates but entertains."
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    #34Edmund's Lunch

    Edmund's Lunch

    Edmund's Lunch is a children's literature graphic novel written and illustrated by Violet Plum and was published in 2014. This book tells the story of Edmund and his lunch who is often teased because of its unique food content.

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    Maria Burke
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "great book lean alot"
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    #35The Harrad Experiment

    The Harrad Experiment

    The Harrad Experiment is a book by Robert Rimmer that tells the story of the experiment they did to students. They did this to discover the different aspects of life a teenager faces. It can be a relationship, academics, sex or etc.

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    Gary Taylor
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I think this is a not a good idea. At this age (college level) a person's hormone's are out of control and any attempt at a meaningful relationship is futile. This is the stage of person's life where they typically want to experiment and meet many different people, not to be involved in a long-term relationship. "
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    #36Richard Scarry's Pie Rats Ahoy! (Step Into Reading)

    Richard Scarry's Pie Rats Ahoy! (Step Into Reading)

    Pie Rats Ahoy! is a children's illustrated book and is Step 2 in the Step Into Reading series. Written by Richard Scarry, it uses basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell how sneaky pirates kept stealing Uncle Willy's pies.

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    Christina Zhou
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Richard Scarry's Pie Rats Ahoy! (Step Into Reading) is one of the best books that every 3-5 year old should have. My four and two year old really enjoy every book from Scarry's collection and this one is no different."
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    #37Carl's Birthday

    Carl's Birthday

    Carl's Birthday (Good Dog, Carl #8) is a children's picture book written by Alexandra Day. The story is about the dog Carl and his upcoming birthday. This book is published in 1997 by Farrar, Straus and Grioux (BYR) publisher.

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    Wayne Arnold
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A picture book featuring the dog Carl celebrating his upcoming birthday always goes over well with the younger crowd. This one never fails to please with its colorful easy to process illustrations and its age appropriate material."
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    #38In the Hall of the Mountain King

    In the Hall of the Mountain King

    In The Hall of the Mountain King is a children's picture book about music and life written by Allison Miller Flannery and illustrated by Vesper Stamper. It was published in 2013. 


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    Joseph Newman
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book would probably be good for an elementary school music class, and I recommended it to a friend of mine who teaches elementary school music. My daughter is 4 years old and she didn't care much for it... but I think that's more a matter of her having different tastes than most kids. I personally enjoyed it and I think most kids would too."
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    #39Backbeard: Pirate for Hire

    Backbeard: Pirate for Hire

    Backbeard: Pirate for Hire is an illustrated children's book written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott. It follows Backbeard as he gives up being a pirate and searches for new employment that'll let him wear his new birthday suit.

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    Saanvi Das
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I would say that any Dr. Seuss book would be the best books for 3-5 year olds. Backbeard: Pirate for Hire is a strange book. It may not be appropriate for children under 5 because there is name calling and just plain meanness in it. Stick with Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham."
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    #40An Egg Is Quiet

    An Egg Is Quiet
    An Egg is Quiet is a children's literature picture book written by Dianna Aston and illustrated by award-winning artist, Sylvia Long. This book was originally published in 2006 and it introduces the world of eggs.
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    Eva Tang
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a great book for toddlers. Me and my little one enjoyed the beautiful illustrations of all of the different eggs. It's a great way to introduce this concept of nature to a small child and it's a good read that never gets boring. I would definitely recommend this book for any one who has a little one of their own. "
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    #41It's My Birthday

    It's My Birthday

    It's My Birthday is a birthday-themed, picture children's book by Helen Oxenbury suitable for children ages 2 and up. With over 20 pages, this illustrated book is published in 2010 by Candlewick Press.

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    Betty Hanson
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This is a great book for my pre k class. It teaches team work!"
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    #42Silly Sally (Red Wagon Books)

    Silly Sally (Red Wagon Books)
    Silly Sally (Red Wagon Books) is a children's book written by Audrey Wood. Silly Sally (Red Wagon Books) was published on March 1, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers.
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    Kathryn Vargas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Silly Sally has become a classic in our house. There are a lot of fun rhymes and it talks about different animals. My three year old especially loves this book. "
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    #43Steven Caney's Playbook

    Steven Caney's Playbook

    Steven Caney's Playbook contains ideas on puzzles, games, and other activities for children to keep them entertained wherever they are. Appropriate for children ages 3 to 10. 

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    Rebecca Dixon
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I have a three year old son. This book is a bit too advanced for him at this age. I would definitely recommend it for older children. Would’ve nice if the graphics are updated to make it more appealing to the younger generation. "
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    #44The Little Yellow Leaf

    The Little Yellow Leaf

    The Little Yellow Leaf is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Carin Berger. It tells the story of an oak leaf as it tries to conquer its fear and prepare itself to fall from the tree in the midst of autumn.

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    Aradhya Venkatesan
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a great kids book. Engaging for toddlers and easy to read. Teaches about the beauty of nature."
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    #45That's Why We Don't Eat Animals

    That's Why We Don't Eat Animals

    That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things is written and illustrated by Ruby Roth and was published in 2009. This book teaches kids how their food choices could affect animals and the planet.

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    Beverly King
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "My coworker who is a hard core vegan read this book to her toddler. She loved it because it helped her explain to her child the essence of being a vegetarian. It's a great book for young kids to understand the meaning behind being a vegetarian."
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    #46Inch by Inch

    Inch by Inch

    Inch by Inch is a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Leo Lionni which introduces an inchworm who can measure anything under the sun, from a robin’s tail to a toucan’s beak.

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    Madison Williamson
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This little inchworm has a good story! It's very encouraging to little kids. The illustrations are interesting and unique and help the story come alive."
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    #47A Little House Birthday

    A Little House Birthday
    A Little House Birthday (Little House Picture Book) is a birthday-themed, children's book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Doris Ettlinger. This book is published in 1998 by HarperCollins.

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    Jean Parker
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "My 3 year loves Little House books. A Little House Birthday is a sweet story that any kid would enjoy."
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    #48A Worm's Tale

    A Worm's Tale

    A Worm's Tale is a children's picture book written by Barbro Lindgren and illustration made by Cecilia Torudd, which a story of Arthur who accidentally steps on a worm in the park which become his new and special friend. 

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    Joshua Edwards
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Book is very nice and it would be very good"
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    #49Maisy's Band

    Maisy's Band

    Maisy's Band is a children's picture book about a mouse who formed a band with her friends. It was written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins. It was released on September 11, 2012.

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    Ralph Reyes
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Kids love picture books. This is an awesome book that can be read and seen over and over."
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    #50Yucky Worms

    Yucky Worms

    Yucky Worms is a children's picture book written by Vivian French and illustration made by Jessica Ahlberg which will show children the life of the delightfully yucky earthworm.

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    Judith Reynolds
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A fairly informative book given the intended age group it's for, I would skip this one if your child doesn't like insects. The name says enough!"
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    #51Carnival of the Animals

    Carnival of the Animals

    Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids is a picture book about classical music written by Camille Saint-Saens and illustrated by Sue Williams. It was originally published in 1999 and comes with a CD filled with classical music.

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    Anthony Gibson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I got Carnival of the Animals for my nephew when he turned 3. He loves it!!! I was so happy, and I believe almost any 3-5 year old would enjoy it just as much. So happy with this purchase!"
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    #52The Secret Birthday Message

    The Secret Birthday Message

    The Secret Birthday Message is a birthday-themed, children's book by Eric Carle. It tells the story of birthday boy Tim who discovers a coded message that leads him to a birthday surprise. This book is published in 1991 by HarperCollins.

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    Jordan Cooper
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is a great book for children aged 3 to 5 years old. It is easy to read and understand for the children. It has colors and pictures that are captivating and interesting. I highly recommend parents with kids to buy this book for them."
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    #53The Big Fat Worm

    The Big Fat Worm

    The Big Fat Worm is a children's picture book written by Nancy Van Laan and illustration created by Marisabina Russo which tells the story of a big fat worm threatened by a big fat bird which was also threatened by a big fat cat.

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    Christian Vargas
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Big Fat Worm is a wonderful book for toddlers. From the description I thought it was going to be a bit too Circle Of Life-y, but it's actually quite funny and even my five year old likes it."
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    #54Oh No, Little Dragon!

    Oh No, Little Dragon!

    Oh No, Little Dragon is a children's book authored and illustrated by Jim Averbeck. This book was published on August 14, 2012. It is about a dragon who can control his strength.

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    Gerald Hunt
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Jim Averbeck celebrates both the tremendous energy of a little boy and the tenderness shared between mother and child in this vibrant picture book that begs to be read aloud. The story is about a young dragon who loses his spark and must figure out how to get it back. The Charles Schulz like drawings (Little Dragon reminds me of Woodstock, who was always my favorite Peanuts character) combined with the dragon's very toddler-ques behavior really warmed my heart."
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    #55Bob and Otto

    Bob and Otto

    Bob and Otto is a children's picture book written by Robert O. Bruel and illustration created by Nick Bruel which tells the story about the friendship between a worm and a caterpillar.

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    Michael Richardson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The best books that every 3-5 year old should have should include Bob and Otto. This is a children's picture book which talks about friendship. With an average customer rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 off of 34 customer reviews on Amazon, I strongly recommend this book."
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    #56But Not the Hippopotamus

    But Not the Hippopotamus
    But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton is an amazing bed book that tells the story of a shy Hippo. This lovely text, printed on thick board pages, shows children a magical world full of colors and animals.


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    Gao Wei
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "My little boy Cooper would love this fun and funny novel of a Hippopotamus, I would get the board book to read to him as he can see the pictures and imagine the story with me."
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    #57A Bird and His Worm

    A Bird and His Worm
    A Bird and His Worm is a children's picture book written by James Kaczman which is a tale about the relationship between a bird and a worm wherein the bird talks about how he likes to walk more than fly.
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    Steven Luo
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This book is adorable! My daughter loves it. She is still in picture book phase and this one has great little drawings and an interesting story."
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    #58Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action

    Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action

    Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action is a non-fiction literature written and illustrated by Ruby Roth for kids. This graphic novel was originally published in 2012. It introduces to kids the value of eating vegatables.

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    Betty Alexander
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I saw this book displayed at out library recently, and I just had to take a look. They really should have titled it Vegan is Self-righteous. There is no way I will be reading this book to my children as it is just vegan proproganda. There are much better books out there, ones that won't make your child feel guilty for eating a burger or drinking a glass of milk."
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    #59Max's Worm Cake (Max and Ruby)

    Max's Worm Cake (Max and Ruby)

    Max's Worm Cake is a children's picture book written by Grosset & Dunlap which is part of the Max and Ruby series. It tells the story of Max and Ruby who have different views on worms. 

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    Shirley Martin
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Love them or hate them, Max is a bit of a brat and Ruby acts more like a mother than a sister, but since we never see their mother, I guess this makes sense? I am in the hate them category, but if you love Max and Ruby, here is another book to add to your collection. "
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    #60Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

    Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

    Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer is a children's picture book written by Carol Brendler and illustration created by Ard Hoyt which is about Winnie Finn who is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them.  

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    Carl Russell
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "If you have a kid like miine, who loves nothing more than to root around in the dirt, consider giving him or her Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer. It's a charming story about a worm-crazy kid, and is therefore perfect for the worm-crazy kid in your life. "
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    #61Me On The Map

    Me On The Map
    Me On The Map is a children's picture book written by Joan Sweeney and illustrated by Annete Cable. It aims to introduce children to the concept of maps and how to make them by showing maps in different scales.
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    Ralph Allen
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This is a good toddler book to introduce kids to maps and spatial concepts. It is well illustrated with vibrant colors. My kid seemed to take to it and likes it when we read it together. It is a good bedtime book to have on the shelf."

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