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Friday, February 26, 2016

Books about Growth and Change for ages 3-5

Books about Growth and Change



1.       I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barclay: Paige doesn’t want to get the glasses that she needs, but changes her mind once she has them.

2.       Your Daddy Was Just Like You by Kelly Bennett: Daddy was once a baby who had to grow up.

3.       Finding Spring by Carin Berger: It’s time to hibernate, but all that little bear wants is spring.

4.       I’m Not Moving! by Wiley Blevins: A little girl does not want to move to the city, but once she gets there she decides that it’s not so bad.

5.       Clifford Grows Up by Norman Bridwell: Clifford the dog was once a tiny puppy.

6.       Little Gorilla by Ruth Borstein: Everyone loves little gorilla, and when he becomes a big gorilla, they love him still.

7.       How Did You Grow So Big, So Soon? by Anne Bowen: A little boy and his mama talk about his first day of school tomorrow and all the growing he had to do to get there.

8.       A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle: As Hermit Crab grows, he must move from shell to shell, and he decorates them with new friends who live with him.

9.       Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen: Kids plant a garden that grows fruit , vegetables and flowers and then cook with them.

10.   My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs and High Fives by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell: A little girl lists her firsts: bike ride, pet, day of first grade, etc.

11.   Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus: Rex Impresses his dinosaur neighbors when he grows from a tadpole to a frog.

12.   Where’s Jamela? by Niki Daly: Jamela and Mama are moving to a new house, but Jamela isn’t excited. On moving day, after packing, she disappears. Will she be found and could her new home be okay after all?

13.   Kangaroo Christine by Guido Van Genechten: Christine doesn’t want to leave her mom’s pouch, until kangaroo Ben invites her to play.

14.   Leaving the Nest by Mordicai Gerstein: Baby Jay is not to leave the nest, but when she falls out, it is witnessed by a little girl, a kitten and a baby squirrel.

15.   Say Hello To Zorro! By Carter Goodrich: Doggie Mister Bud is happy with his routine until new dog Zorro comes on the scene and Mister Bud has to adapt.

16.   One Little Lamb by Elaine Greenstein: A lamb’s wool is made into mittens that a child wears when she visits the lambs.

17.   When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes: If you wait, spring will bring about changes to winter and then change itself into summer

18.   Perfect Square by Michael Hall: Square is happy being square , but it also changes and is  fountain, a park and more.

19.   Tadpoles by Betsy James: Molly’s frog eggs become tadpoles and then frogs, and her baby brother Davey learns to walk.

20.   As an Oak Tree Grows by Brian Karas: An acorn grows into a 200 year old oak tree.

21.   Now I’m Big by Karen Katz: Compares what a baby does with what a big kid can do.

22.   The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss: A boy has chicks and a puppy and over time they grow. His mom assures him that he is growing too, but he is doubtful until he sees that he has outgrown last fall’s clothes.

23.   Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden: Shows how things change with “before” and “after” drawings.

24.   Little Tree by Loren Long: Little Tree has little leaves, but when the seasons change, he is unwilling to drop them and can’t grow until he lets go.

25.   Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin: Speculation on what you will do as you grow up.

26.   When I Grow Up by Colin McNaughton: Kids share what they want to be when they grow up, except one who doesn’t want to grow up.

27.   Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! By Susan Meyers: Kittens do kitten things until they grow into cats and maybe have more kittens.

28.   How You Got So Smart by David Milgrim: A child is told all the things s/he did from babyhood on up that contributed to being a successful person.

29.   I Feel Five! by Bethanie Deeney Murguia: On Fritz’s 5th birthday, he still feels 4, because he still can’t tie his shoes or snap his fingers, but when he reaches apples in a tree for a friend, he feels a little older.

30.   If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson: You can plant seeds that will grow, seeds of carrots, cabbages, tomatoes, selfishness and kindness.

31.   Water Can Be… by Laura Purdis Salas: Things water can be, like ice, fog and snow.

32.   First the Egg by Laura Vacarro Seeger: Things that change into other things.

33.   Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea: Things that will grow and things that won’t.

34.   A Big Boy Now by Eileen Spinelli: Big boy bunny can do lots of things, but he has a little trouble learning how to ride his bike without training wheels.

35.   Pouch! By David Ezra Stein: Kangaroo Joey wants to leave his mom’s pouch and hop, but meeting new friends can be scary at first.

36.   Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick: Things your growing buffalo might experience when he goes to kindergarten.

37.   Look What I Can Do! By Nancy Viau: Young animals learn how to do new things.

38.   Puffling by Margaret Wild: a baby puffin waits until he is old enough to leave his burrow.

39.   Little Boo by Stephen Wungerli (holiday): Seed Little Boo must be patient until he can grow into a scary jack-o-lantern!

40.   Baby Bear’s Big Dreams by Jane Yolen: Baby Bear plans for when he is grown up in a year or more, because he knows just what big bears do.



1.       See How They Grow: Chick by Jane Burton

2.       See How They Grow: Kitten by Jane Burton

3.       From Seed to Sunflower by Dr. Gerald Legg

4.       See How They Grow: Pig by Bill Ling

5.       See How They Grow: Frog by Kim Taylor

6.       Flowers Bloom! By Mary Dodson Wade

7.       Seeds Go, Seeds Grow by Mark Weakland