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These recommendations are a sample of the types of books, music and websites available for building narrative skills, vocabulary, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, print awareness, print motivation and background knowledge. All of the following resources can be found at New Orleans Public Library. To find these resources at a library near you, search title or author/performer at .


Fun with Stories

Alborough, Jez. Duck in the truck
Axtell, David. We're going on a lion hunt
Barton, Byron. Dinosaurs, dinosaurs
Barton, Byron. The three bears
Brown, Peter. Mr.Tiger goes wild
Cabrera, Jane. If you're happy and you know it!
Côté, Geneviève. Starring me and you
Day, Alexandra. Carl's birthday {series}
Dewdney, Anna. Llama, llama red pajama
Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George
Fleming, Denise. In the small, small pond
Isadora, Rachel. Peekaboo morning
Keats, Ezra Jack. The snowy day
Klassen, J. This is not my hat
Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat : I love my white shoes
Liwska, Renata. Red wagon
Logue, Mary. Sleep like a tiger
McMullan, Kate. I'm dirty!
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If you give a mouse a cookie
Pinkney, Jerry. Three little kittens
Raschka, Christopher. A ball for Daisy
Rathmann, Peggy. Good night, Gorilla
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Duck! Rabbit!
Scieszka, Jon. Smash! Crash!
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Dog and Bear : two friends, three stories
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. First the egg
Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for sale : a tale of a peddler, some monkeys and their monkey business
Taback, Simms. There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
Wiesner, David. Tuesday
Willems, Mo. Don't let the pigeon drive the bus
Willis, Jeanne. Gorilla! Gorilla!
Wilson, Karma. Bear snores on
Wood, Audrey. The deep blue sea : a book of colors
Young, Ed. Seven blind mice

Fun with Words

Ayres, Katherine. Up, down & around
Bang, Molly. Yellow ball
Barrett, Judi. Animals should definitely not act like people
Barrett, Judi. Which witch is which?
Blexbolex. People
Boynton, Sandra. Moo, baa, la la la!
Cooper, Elisha. A good night walk
Crews, Nina. Below
Crews, Nina. Sky-high Guy
Crews, Nina. The neighborhood sing-along
Curtis, Jamie Lee. Big words for little people
Czekaj, Jef. Oink-a-doodle-moo
Dillon, Leo. Rap a tap tap : here's Bojangles, think of that!
Downing, Johnette. Today is Monday in Louisiana
Emberley, Rebecca. Chicken Little
Fleming, Candace. Oh, no!
Fleming, Denise. The everything book
Gravett, Emily. Orange pear apple bear
Hubbell, Patricia. Black all around!
Isadora, Rachel. Say hello!
Landry, Cornell P. Goodnight NOLA
Lehman, Barbara. The red book
Linenthal, Peter. Look at baby's house!
Martin, Bill. Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?
Miller, Margaret. Baby faces
O'Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Pretty brown face
Portis, Antoinette. Not a box
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. First the egg
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Green
Stockdale, Susan. Bring on the birds
Thomson, Bill. Chalk
Underwood, Deborah. Bad bye, good bye
Yoon, Salina. Found.

Fun with Letters

Alphabet everywhere
Base, Graeme. Animalia
Bingham, Kelly L. Z is for Moose
Carlson, Nancy L. ABC, I like me!
Cronin, Doreen. Click, clack, quackity-quack : an alphabetical adventure
Demarest, Chris L. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie : the military alphabet
Demarest, Chris L. Firefighters A to Z
Ehlert, Lois. Eating the alphabet
Geisel, Theodor (Dr. Seuss). Seuss's ABC : an amazing alphabet book!
Heller, Lora. Sign language ABC
Herzog, Brad. K is for kick : a soccer alphabet
Isadora, Rachel. ABC pop!
Jirankova-Limbrick, Martina. The artful alphabet
Lobel, Arnold. On Market Street
Martin, Bill. Chicka chicka boom boom
McLimans, David. Gone wild : an endangered animal alphabet
Moncure, Jane Belk. My "a" sound box (series)
Munari, Bruno. ABC
Murray, Alison. Apple pie ABC
Salas, Laura Purdie. A is for arrr! : a pirate alphabet
Schaefer, Carole Lexa. ABCers
Weill, Cynthia. ABeCedarios : Mexican folk art ABCs in English and Spanish
Werner, Sharon. Alphabeasties and other amazing types
Wynne Pechter, Lesley. Alligator, bear, crab : a baby's ABC
Ziefert, Harriet. Take care of me from A to Z

Fun with Math & Science

Aliki. Digging up dinosaurs
Baker, Nick. Bug zoo
Brett, Jan. Goldilocks and the three bears
Burke, Lisa. Backyard : fun experiments for budding scientists
Cobb, Vicki. I see myself
Coffelt, Nancy. Big, bigger, biggest!
Crews, Nina. Below
Dillon, Leo. Mother Goose : numbers on the loose
Feelings, Muriel L. Moja means one: Swahili counting book
Fleming, Denise. In the small, small pond
Florian, Douglas. A pig is big
Gibbons, Gail. Alligators and crocodiles
Greenstein, Elaine. One little seed
Henkes, Kevin. Birds
Hutchins, H. J. A second is a hiccup : a child's book of time
Jenkins, Emily. Small, medium, large : a book about relative sizes
Jenkins, Steve. Actual size
Katirgis, Jane. Up and down
Kosaka, Fumi. Let's count the raindrops
Lee, Suzy. Wave
McCarthy, Meghan. Astronaut handbook
McGehee, Claudia. A woodland counting book
Minor, Wendell. If you were a penguin
Reynolds, Aaron. Carnivores
Ritchie, Scot. Follow that map! : a first look at mapping skills
Rockwell, Anne F. Our stars
Rotner, Shelley. Senses in the city
Sayre, April Pulley. Trout are made of trees
Schaefer, Lola M. What's up, what's down?
Schwartz, David M. What in the wild? : mysteries of nature concealed-- and revealed ear-tickling poems
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. First the egg
Wells, Robert E. How do you lift a lion?
Yamamoto, Lani. Albert
Young, Ed. Seven blind mice


Bayou boogie: toe tappin' tunes inspired by Disney’s “The princess and the frog”
Bright spaces 2: family music to benefit children in crisis
De Grassi, Alex. As you drift away--: lullabies on guitar
Del Rey, Maria. Lullabies of Latin America=: Canciones de cuna de Latinoamerica
Downing, Johnette. Reading rocks
Jenkins, Ella. 123s and ABCs
Kelly, Billy. The family garden
Marley, Bob. Rockabye baby!
Old Town School of Folk Music. Songs for wiggleworms
Playhouse Disney. Let's dance
Putumayo World Music. African dreamland
Putumayo World Music. Latin playground
Putumayo Kids presents New Orleans playground
Rhymezwell. Nursery rhymez
Roth, Kevin. Wabby Wabbit's lullabies & snuggle songs
Russ-Ayon. Math, music & motion
Sleep well mon trésor: ten treasured French lullabies
Sweet slumbers: soothing lullabies for kids
The rough guide to world lullabies
Zanes, Dan. Turn turn turn


Early Literacy Resources
New Orleans Public Library: transforming lives, enriching neighborhoods, and preserving history through access to information, resources, technology and programming.
Every Child Ready to Read - The Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) developed a research based program for public libraries in order to provide parents and caregivers support and resources for early literacy in the home. provides educational resources from kindergarten readiness through college prep, gives parents the information they need and the ideas they want to help their kids reach their full potential and make learning fun.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Enchanted Learning, LLC produces K-12 educational material that is published online. We have 30,000 pages on our website covering a wide range of topics. We produce new pages almost every day.
DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters.
Kids Activity Blog features family fun activities, learning activities, crafts for kids, and daily fun ideas for building early literacy skills. Sign up for daily email of ideas to try at home.

Songs and Audio has over 2,000 kid’s songs, lyrics, sheet music and activity sheets.

How to Print

To print any of the booklists, music recommends or websites listed above, click on the list below to download a one page printable pdf file.

Booklist - Fun with Stories
Booklist - Fun with Words Booklist - Fun with Letters
Booklist - Fun with Math & Science

Music List

Website List


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