Types of Children's Books

McGee and Richgels (1996, pp. 185-188) list examples of several types of children's books, including wordless picture books, pattern books, participation books, language play books, and alphabet books:

Wordless Picture Books

Day, A. (1985). Good dog, Carl. New York: Scholastic.

De Paola, T. (1978). Pancakes for breakfast. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Goodall, J. (1988). Little red riding hood. New York: McElderry Books.

Hoban, T. (1972). Push-pull, empty-full. New York: Macmillan.

Hoban, T. (1980). Take another look. New York: Greenwillow Books.

Hoban, T. (1988). Look! Look! Look! New York: Greenwillow.

Mayer, M. (1974). Frog goes to dinner. New York: Dial.

Mayer, M. (1977). Oops. New York: Dial.
McCully, E. (1984). Picnic. New York: Harper and Row.

McCully, E. (1985). First snow. New York: Harper and Row.

McCully, E. (1987). School. New York: Harper and Row.

McCully, E. (1988). New baby. New York: Harper and Row.

Spier, P. (1982). Peter Spier's rain. New York: Doubleday.

Turkle, B. (1976). Deep in the forest. New York: Dutton.

Weisner, D. (1991). Tuesday. New York: Clarion.

Winter, P. (1976). The bear and the fly. New York: Crown.


Pattern Books

Burningham, J. (1978) Would you rather...? New York: Crowell.

Carle, E. (1977). The grouchy lady bug. New York: Crowell.

Charlip, R. (1964). Fortunately. New York: Parents.

Ets, M. (1932). Elephant in the well. New York: Viking.

Flack, M. (1932). Ask Mr. Bear. New York: Bradbury.

Fox, M. (1987). Hattie and the fox. New York: Bradbury.

Galdone. P. (1968). Henny Penny. New York: Scholastic.

Hutchins, P. (1982). Goodnight, owl! New York: Macmillan.

Kavalski, M. (1987). The wheels on the bus. Boston: Little Brown.

Keats, E. (1971). Over in the meadow. New York: Scholastic.

Kent, J. (1971). The fat cat. New York: Scholastic.

Kraus, R. (1970). Whose mouse are you? New York: Collier.

Lexau, J. (1969). Crocodile and hen. New York: Harper and Row.

Martin, B., Jr. (1983). Brown bear, brown bear. New York: Henry Holt.

Martin, B., Jr. (1991). Polar Bear, polar bear, what do you hear? New York: Scholastic.

Sendak, M. (1962). Chicken soup with rice. New York: Harper and Row.

Sweet, M. (1992). Fiddle-i-fee. Boston: Little, Brown.

Tafuri, N. (1984). Have you seen my duckling? New York: Greenwillow.

Tresselt, A. (1964). The mitten. New York: Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard.

Williams, L. (1986). The little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything. New York: Harper and Row.

Zemach, M. (1965). The teeny tiny woman. New York: Scholastic.


Participation Books

Ahlberg, J., & Ahlberg, A. (1981). Peek-a-boo. New York: Viking.

Ahlberg, J., & Ahlberg, A. (1986). The jolly postman or other people's letters. Boston: Little Brown.

Carle, E. (1981). The honeybee and the robber. New York: Philomel.

Carle, E. (1984). The very busy spider. New York: Putnam.

Crowther, R. (1977). The most amazing hide and seek alphabet. New York: Viking.

Crowther, R. (1981). The most amazing hide and seek counting book. New York: Viking.

Gerstein, M. (1984). Roll over. New York: Crown.

Hawkins, C., & Hawkins, J. (1991). Old Macdonald had a farm. Los Angeles: Price/Stern/Sloan.

Hellen, N. (1988). The bus stop. New York: Orchard.

Hill, E. (1980). Where's Spot? New York: Putnam.

Hill, E. (1981). Opposites peek-a-book. Los Angeles: Price/Stern/Sloan.

Hill E. (1982). Who does what? Los Angeles: Prince/Stern/Sloan.

Pienkowski, J. (1980). Dinnertime. Los Angeles: Price/Stern/Sloan.

Pienkowski, J. (1981). Robot. New York: Delacorte.

Pienkowski, J. (1983). Gossip. London: Gallery Five.

Tafuri, N. (1983). Early morning in the barn. New York: Greenwillow.

Tarrant, G. (1982). Butterflies. Los Angeles: Intervisual Communications.

Ziefert, H., & Smith, M. (1986). In a scary old house. New York: Puffin.


Language Play Books

Ahlberg, J., & Ahlberg, A. (1978). Each peach pear plum. New York: Scholastic.

Carlstrom, N.W. (1987). Wild wild sunflower child Anna. New York: Macmillan.

Koch, M. (1991). Hoot howl hiss. New York: Greenwillow.

Komaiko, L. (1987). Annie Bananie. New York: Harper and Row.

Lenski, L. (1987). Sing a song of people. Boston: Little Brown.

Mahy, M. (1987). 17 Kings and 42 elephants. New York: Dial.

Noll, S. (1987). Jiggle wiggle prance. New York: Greenwillow.

Perkins, A. (1969). Hand, hand, fingers, thumb. New York: Random House.
Seuss, Dr. (Theodore Geisel). (1957). The cat in the hat. New York: Random House.

Seuss, Dr. (Theodore Geisel). (1963). Hop on pop. New York: Random House.

Silverstein, S. (1964). A giraffe and a half. New York: Harper and Row.

Sonneborn, R.A. (1974). Someone is eating the sun. New York: Harper and Row.

Watson, C. (1971). Father Fox's penny-rhymes. New York: Scholastic.

Wells, R. (1973). Noisy Nora. New York: Dial.

Wildsmith, B. (1986). Goat's trail. New York: Knopf.

Wood, A. (1987). Heckedy Peg. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Alphabet Books

Anno, M. (1976). Anno's alphabet. New York: Crowell.

Baskin, L. (1972). Hosie's alphabet. New York: Viking Press.

Bruna, D. (1967). B is for Bear. New York: Macmillan.

Burningham, J. (1964). John Burningham's ABC. London: Johnathan Cape.

Ehlert, L. (1989). Eating the alphabet. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Eichenberg, F. (1952). Ape in cape. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Hoban, T. (1987). 26 letters and 99 cents. New York: Greenwillow.

Ipcar, D. (1964). I love an anteater with an A. New York: Knopf.

Isadora, R. (1983). City seen from A to Z. New York: Greenwillow Books.

Kellogg, S. (1987). Aster Aardvark's alphabet adventures. New York: Morrow.

Lionni, L. (1985). Letters to talk about. New York: Pantheon.

Lobel, A. (1981). On Market Street. New York: Greenwillow.

McMillan, B. (1986). Counting wildflowers. New York: Lothrop.

Seuss, Dr. (Theodore Geisel). (1963). Dr. Seuss's ABC. New York: Random House.

Tudor, T. (1945). A is for Annabelle. New York: Walck.

Wildsmith, B. (1963). Brian Wildsmith's ABC. Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts.

Note: From Literacy's Beginnings: Supporting Young Readers and Writers (2nd Edition, pp. 185-188), by L.M. McGee and D.J. Richgels, 1996, Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Copyright 1996 by Allyn & Bacon. Reprinted with permission.


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