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Thanks to the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, every child in our community is eligible to receive a free book every month from birth to age five through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.


These EYC Literacy Connection strategy sheets were developed by The Family Connection for the Early Years Count! Education Initiative as a guide for teachers to fully integrate these books into the classroom. 

Index of titles based on HighScope COR content areas.


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Group I  (0 - 12 months range): 

Babies Love Animals - Susanne Konig

Baby Sounds - Joy Allen

Baby! Talk! - Stella Blackstone

Bedtime for Baby - Sassy Books

Can you Guess? Animal Sounds with the Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Colors - Roald Dahl

I Love My Mommy Because - Laurel Porter-Gaylord

I Love You, Spot - Eric Hill

Llama Llama Hide & Seek - Anna Dewdney

Look at the Animals - Peter Linenthal

Look Look! - Peter Linenthal

Sleep Tight, Polar Bear - Sabina Gibson

The Little Engine that Could - Watty Piper

The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose - Richard Walz

The Pudgy Pat-a-Cake Book - Terri Super

The Pudgy Peek-a-Boo Book - Amye Rosenberg

Where's Ellie? - Salina Yoon

Who Says Quack? - A Pudgy Book

Group 2  (12 - 24 months range): 


ABC Look at Me - Roberta Grovel Intrater

Animals (The Kids' Picture Show) - Chieri & Steve DeGregorio

Baby's First Words - Sassy

Clap Your Hands - Lorinda Bryan Cauley

Corduroy's Shapes -  Scott/Freeman

Eric Carle's Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Other Nursery Rhymes - Eric Carle

Good Morning, Farm Friends - Annie Bach

Good Night Gorilla - Peggy Rathman

I Love My Daddy Because - Laurel Porter-Gaylord

Learning with Llama Llama Shapes - J.T. Morrow

Let's Count - Sassy

Little Poems for Tiny Ears - Lin Oliver

Little's: and How they Grow - Kelly DiPucchio

Llama, Llama Red Pajama - Anna Dewdney

Madeline's 1,2,3 - Ludwig Bemelmans

Richard Scarry's 100 First Words/Las Primeras 100 Palabras 

Road Builders - BG Hennessy

Sleep Tight with the Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth - Eric Carle

Tad and Dad - David Ezra Stein

The Home Builders - Varsha Bajaj

Vehicles (The Kids' Picture Show) - Chieri & Steve DeGregorio

When the Elephant Walks - Keiko Kasza

Where is Your Nose? - Keith Plechaty

Group 3  (24 - 36 months range): 

Baking Day at Grandma's - Anika Dense

Birding for Babies: Backyard Birds - Chloe Goodhart

Dog's Colorful Day - Emma Dodd

Green Tractor - Kersten Hamilton

I am a Rainbow - Dolly Parton

I Hear a Pickle - Rachel Isadora

Ice Cream Face - Heidi Woodard Sheffield

If I Were a Kangaroo - Mylisa Larsen

Jake at Gymnastics - Rachel Isadora

Just Like My Brother - Gianna Marino

K is for Kindness - Rina Horiuchi

Little Dog Lost - Monica Carnesi

Little Owl's Night - Divya Srinivasan

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa - Anna Dewdney

Maple - Lori Nichols

My NO NO NO Day - Rebecca Patterson

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me - John Micklus, Jr.

Play with Me - Marie Hall Ets

Red House Tree House Little Bitty Brown Mouse - Jane Godwin

Shh! Bears Sleeping - David Martin

Sleep Train - Jonathan London

Solitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild - Joshua David Stein

SQUEAK! - Laura McGee Kvasnosky

The Animal Songs - Jonty Howley

The Big Slide - Daniel Kirk

The Bug Book - Sue Fliess

The Hueys in What's the Opposite? - Oliver Jeffers

The Little Excavator - Anna Dewdney

There is a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake - Loren Long

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave - Jessica Hische

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? - Brianna Caplan Sayers


Group 4  (Age 3-ish):  

A Little Emotional - Christopher Eliopoulus

A Story for Small Bear - Alice B. McGinty

Baby Builders - Elissa Haden Guest

Chimpanzees for Tea - Jo Empson

Corduroy Takes a Bow - Viola Davis

Daniel's Good Day - Micha Archer

Donut: The Unicorn Who Wants to Fly - Laura Gehl

Edie is Ever so Helpful - Sophy Henn

Families Belong - Dan Saks

Gift and Box - Ellen Mayer

Goodnight, Numbers - Danica McKellar

Hair Love - Matthew A.Cherry

How We Say I Love You - Nicole Chen

I Just Want to Say Goodnight - Rachel Isadora

I Wonder - K.A. Holt

Just Try One Bite - Adam Mansbach & Camila Alves McConaughey

Little Owl's Love - Divya Srinivasan

Max and the Tag-Along Moon - Floyd Cooper

My Dog Laughs - Rachel Isadora

Nubby - Dan Richards

Ocean Lullaby - Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Philomena's New Glasses - Brenna Maloney

Play with Clay! - Jenny Pinkerton

Police Officers on Patrol - Kersten Hamilton

Pretend - Jennifer Plecas

Read to Tiger - S. J. Fore

Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy People - Richard Scarry

Silly Goose's Big Story - Keiko Kasza

Somewhere Right Now - Kerry Dochery

The Giant Jumparee - Julia Donaldson

The Rabbit Listened - Cori Doerrfeld

The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats

The Spiffiest Giant in Town - Julia Donaldson

The Three Little Pigs - Carly Gledhill

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

This is the Tree We Planted - Kate McMullan

With Any Luck I'll Drive a Truck - David Friend

Group 5  (Age 4-ish):  

ABC and You and Me - Corinna Luyken

A Book for Bear - Ellen L. Ramsey

A Father's Love - Hannah Holt

Alex's Good Fortune - Benson Shum

Brick by Brick - Heidi Woodward Sheffield

Bunny's Book Club - Annie Silvestro

Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton

Danbi's Favorite Day - Anna Kim

Excellent Ed - Stacey McAnulty

Find Fergus - Mike Boldt

Full Moon Pups - Liz Garton Scanlon

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - James Marshall

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Jan Brett

Grandpa and Jake - Julie Fortenberry

Gwendolyn's Pet Garden - Anne Renaud

How to Get your Octopus to School - Becky Scharnhorst

How to Say Hello to a Worm - Kari Percival

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs - David Soman & Jacky Davis

Lily's Cat Mask - Julie Fortenberry

Lion Lessons - Jon Agee

Llama Llama Loves to Read - Ann Dewdney

Milo's Hat Trick - Jon Agee

Miss Maple's Seeds - Eliza Wheeler

Otis and the Kittens - Loren Long

Peace is an Offering - Annette LeBox

Pup and Bear - Kate Banks

Raccoon on His Own - Jim Arnosky

Run Wild - David Covell

Ten Thank-You Letters - Daniel Kirk

Ten Ways to Hear Snow - Cathy Camper

The First Strawberries - retold by Joseph Bruchac

The Night Before the Dentist - Natasha Wing

The Night is Yours - Abdul-Razak Zachariah

The Ring Bearer - Floyd Cooper

There's a Monster in Your Book - Tom Fletcher

This Beach is Loud! - Samantha Cotterill

When the Storm Comes - Linda Ashman

Group 6 (Age 5-ish):  

A Gift for Nana - Lane Smith

At the Mountain's Base - Traci Sorell

Blue Sky White Stars - Sarvinder Naberhaus

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky - message from Chief Seattle

Carl and the Meaning of Life - Deborah Freedman

Carpenter's Helper - Sybil Rosen

Cinderella with Dogs! - Linda Bailey

Daniel Finds a Poem - Micha Archer

Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle - Emily Kate Moon

Eat Pete - Michael Fox

First Day Critter Jitters - Jory John

Fly, Butterfly - Bonnie Bader

Hooray, a Pinata - Elisa Kleven

Hugo and the Impossible Thing - Renee Felice Smith/Chris Gabriel

I'm Not Scared, YOU'RE Scared! - Seth Meyers

In Our Garden - Pat Zietlow Miller

Joy takes Root - Gwendolyn Wallace

Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Pena

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come - Nancy Carlson

Max Explains Everything Soccer Expert - Stacy McAnulty

My Papi has a Motorcycle - Isabel Quintero

Old Rock (is not boring) - Deb Pilutti

Owl Moon - Jane Yolen

Rabbit's Snow Dance - James and Joseph Bruchac

Something Wild - Molly Ruttan

Spend It - Cinders McLeod

Tarra and Bella - Carol Buckley

Thank You, World - Alice B. McGinty

The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

The Power of Yeti - Rebecca VanSlyke

The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter

The Tree in Me - Corinna Luyken

Violet the Pilot - Steve Breen

Wild Horses - Kate Riggs

Wonder Walkers - Micha Archer

You are a Honey Bee - Laurie Ann Thompson

You can be ABCs - Robert Samuel White II & Robert Samuel White III




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