#1 The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed.
What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love.
#2. Alphabeep by Debora Pearsona, illustrated by Edward Miller
This book covers all vehicles that move from A to Z with a rhyming, rocking pattern of vehicle sounds that children are sure to love.
Signs throughout provide lots of opportunities for reading environmental print.
#3 Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
This classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss features silly tongue twisters that will have young readers–and their parents–giggling with glee.
When a fox in socks meets Knox in a box, hilarity ensues. Add chicks with bricks and blocks and clocks and you’re sure to get your words twisted and lips locked! With his unmistakable gift for rhyme, Dr. Seuss creates a hysterical and energetic way for beginning readers to dive into the joy of reading.
#4.Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing.
Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.
#5. Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rublin & Daniel Salmieri
How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What’s a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!
But shhh! It’s a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here.You didn’t already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh . . .
Fans of Jon Klassen and Mo Willems’s humor will gobble up this quirky ode to the lengths we will go to for our heart’s desire.