Ballet Cat The Totally Secret Secret

10 best books like Ballet Cat The Totally Secret Secret (Bob Shea): We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, Waiting is Not Easy!, Penny and Her Marble, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Teddy's Favorite Toy, I'm a Frog!, Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever, Odd Duck, Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, The Good for Nothing Button

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
AuthorTraci Sorell
A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations...
Waiting is Not Easy!
AuthorMo Willems
Gerald the Elephant is eager to learn when Piggie announces that there is a surprise on the way. However, once Gerald learns that the surprise is not yet ready, he is forced to accept having to wait. What begins as a slight irritation soon sours him into an emotional mess and Piggie is forced to watch her...
AuthorKevin Henkes
In the third easy-to-read book about Penny the mouse, written by Caldecott Medalist and bestselling author Kevin Henkes, Penny finds a beautiful marble on her neighbor's lawn and must decide whether or not to keep it. With age-appropriate vocabulary, compelling characters, and a memorable storyline,...
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
AuthorEileen Christelow
4+ of 5 stars to Eileen Christelow's children's story Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, one of a bunch in a series about little monkeys and their crazy antics. This wonderful little book wasn't published until I was around ten years old, but I still read it one summer in a reading contest...
Teddy's Favorite Toy
AuthorChristian Trimmer
A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.

Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style.

Then one morning, something...
AuthorMo Willems
Neo took us on a little adventure, alongside Gerald and Piggie, into the life of imagination. When Piggie declares that she is a frog, Gerald is both baffled and a little annoyed. No matter how loudly Piggie ‘ribbits’, Gerald will not accept that his friend is a frog. However, Piggie explains the...
AuthorKate DiCamillo
All righty, then! Celebrate the tall and short of a marvelous friendship with a new Bink and Gollie adventure.

Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, but can Bink survive her friend’s queenly airs — especially if pancakes are not part of the deal? Bink wonders what it would...
AuthorCecil Castellucci
Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that.  Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits. It's...
AuthorCece Bell
Rabbit’s carefully planned visit with Robot doesn’t work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends.

Rabbit is excited: his friend Robot is coming to spend the night! Rabbit has left nothing to chance and has drawn up a list of all the things they...
AuthorCharise Mericle Harper
Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem...
AuthorBen Clanton

if i'm being honest, this doesn't really stand up to my other five star ratings, even my five star ratings specific to other children's picture books.

but sometimes it's just about what you need at a particular time, and this book brought a goofy smile to my face when i really really...
Snail & Worm Again
AuthorTina Kugler
Geisel Honor Winner

In this silly sequel to Snail & Worm, the dynamic duo are back for more fun and giggles in three new comic shorts brimming with quirky humor and unflappable friendship. At turns clever and sweet, these laugh-out-loud stories are perfect for readers coming out of their...
Be Kind
AuthorPat Zietlow Miller
A picture book about the power of kindness.

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores...
Rude Cakes
AuthorRowboat Watkins
2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award – New Illustrator Honor
Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts. Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Rowboat Watkins,...
I Really Like Slop!
AuthorMo Willems
Mo Willems reminds his young readers that it is always nice to try new foods, even if you do not like them. When Piggie arrives with a huge pail of slop, Gerald is extremely disinterested. However, Piggie raves all about a pig's favourite food, slop! Hesitantly, Gerald inches it closer to his mouth, trunk...
The Cookie Fiasco
AuthorDan Santat
Cookies for Everyone! This is the social Justice cry of the 4 friends who only have 3 cookies. It’s also about fractions. The artwork is bright and the characters are animated. They most scream it seems. There was not much character work going on.

I love Dan Santat’s work and I’m not feeling...
Wolfie the Bunny
AuthorAme Dyckman
Not every child views the imposition of a new sibling as an interloper, but a fair number of them do. They’re just tooling along, enjoying the natural bliss that comes with being the one and only star in their parents’ firmament when BLAMMO! A squalling person of inadequate size is there, hogging...
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