10 best books like Cloudette (Tom Lichtenheld): You Will Be My Friend!, Say Hello to Zorro!, Where's Walrus?, I Had a Favorite Dress, Blue Chicken, Perfect Square, Stars, Little White Rabbit, A Pet for Petunia, I'm Not.

You Will Be My Friend!
AuthorPeter Brown
Lucy is going to make a friend today. She is excited and tells her mother "the forest is crawling with fun critters. Surely ONE of them will want to be my friend." Lucy sets off on her adventure with ideas of what she will do with her new friend: cartwheels, picnics, climbing trees, swimming, and a dance party....
Say Hello to Zorro!
AuthorCarter Goodrich
Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule.

Then disaster strikes.

A stranger comes home at "make a fuss time" and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to...
Where's Walrus?
AuthorStephen Savage
A happy-go-lucky Walrus escapes the zoo in search of adventure in this wordless instant classic.
Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself. Will a yellow hardhat...
I Had a Favorite Dress
AuthorBoni Ashburn
Open up a fresh and stylish story about growing up and keeping hold of your favorite memories. As the year passes, the narrator’s favorite dress goes through a series of creative changes, from dress to shirt to tank top to scarf and so on, until all that’s left of it is a good memory. Assisted by her patient...
Blue Chicken
AuthorDeborah Freedman
In this deceptively simple picture book, author-illustrator Deborah Freedman has created an irresistible character that springs to life and wreaks havoc in a farmyard with a pot of blue paint. The innocent chicken just wants to help, but things get worse and worse-and bluer and bluer--the more she...
Perfect Square
AuthorMichael Hall
Graphic designers of the world, take heed: I am wary of your intentions. I mean it. You guys are, and I say this in the kindest way possible, strange. I don’t mind it when you take up large sections of MOMA with funky chairs. That is entirely your prerogative. No problemo. But when you start writing children’s...
AuthorMary Lyn Ray

What a lovely book. Pages shining with hope, support, and warmth. “Stars are everywhere.” We just have to look. Look up. Look down. Look in the mirror. The stars will always be there when we need them to guide, inspire, and wish upon.

Stars is a gorgeous story depicting a full range of...
Little White Rabbit
AuthorKevin Henkes
Little White Rabbit set off filled with imagination. As he hopped through the grass, he wondered what it would be like to be green. When he went by the fir trees, he wondered what being tall was like. When he hopped over the rock, he wondered about how it would feel not to be able to move. When he saw the butterflies,...
A Pet for Petunia
AuthorPaul Schmid
Charming! This is a really fun book to read aloud. It’s also amusing, hilarious in spots.

The purple and black and white illustrations are very appealing, and I love how stripes make many appearances.

Petunia sure is persistent. Some will think she’s annoying but for the most...
I'm Not.
AuthorPam Smallcomb
Evelyn is lots of things. Circus performer. Antarctic explorer. I'm not.

Here is the perfect book for children who feel like their outgoing friend is oh-so-talented . . . and they're not. Our shy narrator lists all the things that her best friend, Evelyn, is good at—from jumping on the bed...
AuthorNorton Juster
Written by the acclaimed author of The Phantom Tollbooth, this is a simply told story about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and finds a unique way to make friends. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime, and is sure...
AuthorAmy Krouse Rosenthal
Meet Chopsticks! They've been best friends forever. But one day, this inseparable pair comes to a fork in the road. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. From New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and rising artistic talent Scott Magoon, this witty...
The Cloud Spinner
AuthorMichael Catchpool
One small boy has a special gift—he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy's magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. "It...
AuthorCatherine Rayner
Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can't fit inside his book! Luckily, Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren't going to give up easily. With some tape, odd bits of paper, and plenty of enthusiasm, the pair constructs an enormous...
Cat Secrets
AuthorJef Czekaj
On a purely technical level every book engages the reader, right? The act of reading or listening demands at least a small amount of participation. Then you run into a book like Cat Secrets, which shows the heights to which engaging can go, as it pulls kids into its participatory tractor beam. Confidently...
A Bedtime for Bear
AuthorBonny Becker
When the impish Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear is in for a rude — and very funny — awakening in this irresistible new story starring the unlikely pair.

Bear must have absolute quiet when he goes to bed. He likes to set out his glass of water, adjust his nightcap, fluff his favorite pillow,...
AuthorAlison Murray
When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything from A to Z to get his paws on it. He Ogles it. He Pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice?

APPLE PIE ABC is a delicious twist on traditional verse brought to life by Alison Murray's simple words and...
AuthorCathleen Daly
I feel like such a stick in the mud for giving this otherwise charming book such a low score when almost everyone else gives it 5 stars. The illustrations are terrific and the humor is droll, but I have issues with the idea that Prudence leaves two of her "pets" (a tire and a shoe) in the junkyard because they...
AuthorKate Feiffer
Wishful thinking and a wonderful daughter-and-dad rapport drive this charming collaboration between Kate Feiffer and her father, Jules Feiffer.

Sadie has wanted to go the zoo forever, but something always gets in the way. Not today! Today they are finally on their way, and nothing can stop...
AuthorKatherine Battersby
Squish is just a little rabbit. But being little can lead to big problems. Sometimes Squish is hard to hear . . . or see. (Which is how he got his name.) And no one notices him. But Squish notices things- especially when someone is about to get into trouble and needs help. Here is little Squish's BIG chance.

Look! A Book!
AuthorBob Staake
Look! A book! A hook! A cowboy cook!
Weird and kooky things that go!
Some go fast and some go slow!
Can you find the squawking crow?

Go on a crazy seek-and-find adventure in this new picture book from award-winning artist Bob Staake. Die-cuts on every page draw readers into each themed...
Otis and the Tornado
AuthorLoren Long
Otis has the fun and games down pat on the farm, though the temperamental bull is less than interested in playing along. Instead, he tries to charge and stir up trouble for Otis and the other animals. When the skies turn a shade of green and all goes silent, the farmer realizes that a tornado is on its way....
Blue Chameleon
AuthorEmily Gravett
He can turn himself into anything and appear to fit in anywhere, but it seems that neither the swirly snail, the green grasshopper nor the stripy sock want to be friends. Will he ever find someone to talk to? Someone just like him? With a subtle and witty interplay between words and illustrations this introduction...
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!
AuthorMo Willems
6½ stories about 2 surprising friends.

Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.

Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.

But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and...
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