For 5 and Under

Necessary books for the youngest book lovers.

 


Rainbabies

 

By Laura Krauss Melmed

 

Babies provoke universal delight and curiosity in young children, and the dozen thumb-sized infants featured in Laura Krauss Melmed’s tale are bound to prove particularly alluring. Jim Lamarche’s illustrations have a lustrous magic of their own -- they glow with an enchanted quality that perfectly matches the fairy-tale spirit of Krauss's beguiling story.

 

 

 


 

Gorky Rises

 

By William Steig

 

No one has better melded magic, whimsy, and sly wit than William Steig, the creator of Shrek and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. In this characteristically imaginative concoction of adventure and playful fantasy, a young frog with a talent for home chemistry creates a powerful potion -- but finds its effects to be a bit more than he bargained for.

 

 

 

 


Little Bear Boxed Set

By Else Holmelund Minarik

 

Few partnerships between author and illustrator have proven as unforgettably successful as Maurice Sendak and Else Holmelund Minarik's collaboration on these stories about a young bear and his family. Sendak's talking animals, rendered in a winning pen and ink style, have a delightfully old-world air, while Minarik's compact tales of Little Bear's antics are perfect both as bedtime stories and -- a bit later -- first achievements for young readers.

 

 

 

 

 


Harold and the Purple Crayon

By Crockett Johnson

 

Author and cartoonist Crockett Johnson first achieved public reknown in 1942, for his daily comic strip Barnaby, but it was twelve years later that he crafted this, his most enduring work. With its astonishingly minimalist approach, the story of Harold’s journey -- which starts as a simple walk in the moonlight, and winds up as an ocean-crossing, mountain climbing, balloon-piloting adventure -- develops its theme of the power of creativity in a manner that needs no interpretation. (And besides, there’s pie.)

 

 

 


Make Way for Ducklings

By Robert McCloskey

 

The city of Boston paid public tribute to Robert McCloskey’s Caldecott-winning book about a pair of Mallard ducks and their brood by placing a bronze statue of the avian family in the Boston Public Garden, where the fictional ducks take up temporary residence. With its duck's-eye-view of a busy city as negotiated by the nervous Mallard mother, and the gentle drama of the feathered family's search for a safe home, this is a book that engrosses young readers, even as it deliciously soothes. Bedtime!

 

 

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).