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Wisconsin Bookworms


Reading with children is one of the most important things that parents, teachers, care providers, and community members can do to help kids develop a love of books and become successful readers. However, not all children in Wisconsin have equal access to books.

Wisconsin Bookworms puts books into the hands of young children that might not otherwise have access to books. Each year, more than 38,000 high-quality books are distributed across the state. Eight times a year, volunteers go into preschool classrooms to share their love of books by reading aloud to students and to complete an activity related to the book. Don’t miss the 2018-2019 reading list below!

The Wisconsin Bookworms project is a collaboration of the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-Extension Youth, Family and Community Development, and Wisconsin Public Television Education.

For questions regarding Wisconsin Bookworms, contact Kristin Leglar: 608-256-8071 | kristin.leglar@wpt.org

Is Your Mama a Llama?

Is Your Mama a Llama?

Deborah Guarino, illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Whimsically rhyming riddles help Lloyd the baby llama guess what kind of animal everyone’s mama is.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog, Be a Good Friend

Clifford the Big Red Dog, Be a Good Friend

Written by Norman Bridwell

Imagine having a dog bigger than a house! In Clifford the Big Red Dog, Be a Good Friend, Emily Elizabeth has the biggest, reddest dog in the whole world. Most importantly, Clifford is a good friend who’s always cheerful and ready to play and help.

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A Box Can Be Many Things

A Box Can Be Many Things

Written by Dana Meachen Rau and illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye

After her mother throws away a large box, a girl and her younger brother pull it out of the garbage. They pretend it is a cave, car, house and cage. And even when it lies in pieces on the ground, their imaginations lead them to even more inventive uses for the box.

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Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

Written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful captures the unique bond that exists between grandparent and grandchild. Set in Hawaii, the vibrant watercolor illustrations and lyrical text combine to capture the lush landscapes and unique traditions of the Hawaiian culture.

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Families are Different

Families are Different

Written and illustrated by Nina Pellegrini

Little Nico, who is adopted from Korea, realizes that some children live with one parent, two parents or grandparents, and that some children have stepbrothers, stepsisters and parents who look very different from one another.

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Snowman’s Story

Snowman’s Story

Written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Snowman’s Story is a wordless picture book that allows children to tell their own version of the story. One wintry day, a hat lands on the head of a newly made snowman and brings him to life. Hiding inside the hat is a rabbit, who listens to the snowman read a story to some animal friends. When the snowman falls asleep, the rabbit hops away with the book. But the snowman isn’t about to let his story — or the mischievous rabbit — get away. The chase is on!

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Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards

Written by Jill Esbaum

In Snow Leopards, readers learn about rare and beautiful snow leopards: their habitat, how they’ve adapted for a cold climate and how they care for and teach their cubs.

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Night Animals

Night Animals

Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino

Night Animals is a witty story with various nocturnal animals that are afraid and hide from other night animals, until a bat explains they are all night animals. The story ends with a reassuring twist and shows there really is nothing to be afraid of in the dark.

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Turtle Splash! Countdown at the Pond

Cathryn Falwell

Turtle Splash! Countdown at the Pondis a counting book and nature tale that begins with “Ten timid turtles, lounging in a line.” These Eastern Painted Turtles (identified at story’s end), decrease in number with each turn of the page. Clues are tucked into the pages, identifying the next offender, encouraging young readers to make predictions. Collages of papers, birch bark and leaf prints make every spread come alive.

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Un gato y un perro / A Cat and a Dog

Claire Masurel

Sworn enemies become staunch friends in this bilingual book. Reading this book is a great way to introduce a second language to young children, be they English- or Spanish-speaking.

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The Biggest Snowman Ever

Steven Kroll

Two little mice learn a big lesson about working together when they join forces to create The Biggest Snowman Ever in this wonderful winter story. This book centers around the idea of teamwork. It includes repetitive text and whimsical illustrations.

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Bear and Duck

Katy Hudson

Bear and Duck is a story of friendship and acceptance, distinguished by humorous and affectionate illustrations. Bear longs to be a duck but discovers he’s better at being a bear. Young readers will soon realize that the problem isn’t that Bear is the wrong kind of animal — he just needs a friend. The watercolor and ink artwork and the narrative voice will engage young readers from the start.

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You Are Special, Daniel Tiger!

Angela C. Santomero

You Are Special, Daniel Tiger! helps children appreciate their uniqueness — and the uniqueness of others. Daniel’s school is putting on a show, and everyone is performing their special talents: Daniel sings, Katerina dances, Prince Wednesday does magic tricks. But what makes O the Owl special? Daniel helps O realize that he is special in his own way. You Are Special, Daniel Tiger! is inspired by the classic series, Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood.

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The Shape of Things

Dayle Ann Dodds

The Shape of Things is an introduction to the concept that shapes make up the world around us. Simple rhymes and bold illustrations help young readers learn to see and, eventually, to draw the world around them. The book ends with a wonderful double-page landscape full of surprises — and shapes — for children to find. After reading this picture book, curious kids will begin to see shapes everywhere in the world around them.

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Polar Bears

Kate Riggs

Polar Bears is an introduction to polar bears, covering their growth process, behaviors, their Arctic home, and defining features. It is filled with dynamic photographs and this book includes a glossary too. As introduction to informational text, Polar Bears will plant the seeds of knowledge!

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What Will the Weather Be Like Today?

Paul Rogers

What Will the Weather Be Like Today? begins and ends with a journey through all four seasons with particular attention to the climate and its different occurrences. Animals and humans discuss, in rhyming verse, the possibilities of the day’s weather. This book focuses on a variety of different ecosystems, including deserts, forests, grasslands, wetlands, oceans, and arctic tundras and the weather that makes each system unique. The illustrations that are done in a paper collage style.

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Barnyard Banter

Denise Fleming

Barnyard Banter is an upbeat rhyming story that captures the feel of animals in the farmyard. Animal sounds and movements are used to create the rhymes within the story. The story holds a surprise for the reader. Goose or some part of Goose — at times only her beak — is visible within the lively illustrations.

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Clifford the Firehouse Dog

Norman Bridwell

Emily Elizabeth and Clifford go to visit his brother, who is a firehouse dog. When an alarm goes off, Clifford comes to the rescue — he HELPS OTHERS by rescuing the people and putting out the fire!

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Siesta

Ginger Foglesong Guy

Young readers join a brother and sister in the preparations for a backyard camping adventure in this bilingual color-concept book.Young readers join a brother and sister in the preparations for a backyard camping adventure in this bilingual color-concept book.

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Puddle Pug

Kim Norman

Percy the Pug loves puddles — big puddles, small puddles, swamp puddles, stomp puddles. But no puddle is perfect … until he finds one with three friendly piglets. But protective Mama Pig says NO PUGS and chases Percy away!

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The Mitten

Jan Brett

Nicki’s mitten becomes a cozy home for a host of woodland creatures. 

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Too Tall Houses

Gianna Marino

Owl and Rabbit are good friends and live in two small houses next to each other. They are perfectly happy…until Rabbit’s garden gets in the way of Owl’s view. So Owl builds his house a little taller. Only that blocks the sun from Rabbit’s vegetables. So Rabbit builds his house taller. And soon it’s a house-building frenzy and the two now not-so-good friends have the two tallest houses in the world! All it takes is a gust of wind to remind them that maybe living smaller and together is a much better way to remain friends. 

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Snow Happy!

Patricia Hubbell

Fun-filled illustrations and simple verse celebrate the activities of two delighted children during the season’s first snow.

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Balancing Act

Ellen Stoll Walsh

Two mice make a teeter-totter. They’re balancing just fine, but then along comes a frog. Can they make room for one more friend on their teeter-totter? What about two? What about more? But then a big bird comes along and wants to play too. Better watch out!

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If You Give a Pig a Party

Laura Numeroff

If you give a pig a party,she’s going to ask for some balloons. When you give her the balloons, she’ll want to decorate the house. When she’s finished, she’ll put on her favorite dress. Then she’ll call all her friends — Mouse, Moose, and more.

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Lola Reads to Leo

Anna McQuinn

In this third book in the series, Lola has a new baby brother and she can’t wait to share her love of reading with him. Lola gets ready for little Leo’s arrival by reading books about brothers and sisters and picking out the perfect stories that she just knows her little brother will love. When the baby is finally here, Lola takes on the role of big sister—telling Leo stories to cheer him up when he cries.

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Cows to the Rescue

John Himmelman

It’s the day of the county fair! Three-legged races, a “Smartest Pig” contest, the Ferris wheel—what could be more fun? But the Greenstalks’ car won’t start, so they’ll need some help getting there…Cows to the Rescue is the fabulous new book in John Himmelman’s hilarious barnyard saga. It follows Chickens to the Rescue and Pigs to the Rescue, bringing back the fun with brand new mishaps and brand moo—er, new—problem-solvers.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

This very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book–and right into your child’s heart.”–“Mother’s Manual.” “Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative.”–“The New York Times Book Review.”

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LMNO Peas

Keith Baker

LMNO Peas Meet the peas-the alphabet peas! They’re acrobats, artists, and astronauts in space. They’re builders, bathers, and bikers in a race. This bestselling picture book bustles with energetic little legumes pursuing all manner of pastimes and jobs. From gardening to hiking to inventing, these delightful little veggies work and play their way through the entire alphabet.

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Las tortillas son redondas / Tortillas Are Round

Roseanne Greenfield Thong

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child’s day!

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Who Has This Tail?

Laura Hulbert

Short and fuzzy, long and scaled: no matter their size and shape, tails aren’t just hanging around—they’re useful! This fun, informative book invites readers to guess the owner of nine tails, and then turn the page to see the animal and its tail in action.

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Wonderful Worms

Linda Glaser

Encourages an appreciation for the small creatures of the earth by explaining the vital role that earthworms play in the planet’s ecosystem, with cross-section illustrations of the worm’s underground environment and informative charts.

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Spoon

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

He’s always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn’t cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do they think about Spoon? A book for all ages, Spoon serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes us each special.

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A Cat and a Dog

Claire Masurel and Bob Kolar

A cat and a dog live in the same house, but they are not friends. They fight all the time, about everything. Then disaster strikes. Dog’s beloved ball bounces up into a tree and is stuck. Cat’s precious stuffed mouse falls into the pond. Dog can’t climb. Cat can’t swim. What are they to do?

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Commotion in the Ocean

Giles Andreae

“There’s a curious commotion, at the bottom of the ocean; I think we ought to go and take a look. You’ll find every sort of creature, that lives beneath the sea; swimming through the pages of this book.” The sequel to the best-selling “Rumble in the Jungle”, this delightful new collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays and sharks.

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Cindy Moo

Lori Mortensen

One night on the farm, the cows overhear a fantastic tale. “Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon!” Inspired by this classic rhyme, a plucky cow named Cindy Moo sets out to prove that cows really can leap over the moon. The other cows laugh at her, but that doesn’t stop Cindy from trying—and failing—night after night . . . until a trick of nature shows Cindy a way to triumph. As delightfully silly as the original nursery rhyme, this hilarious picture book will have readers of all stripes (and spots) cheering for its determined heroine.

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Ten on a Sled

Kim Norman

Author Kim Norman (Crocodaddy) and illustrator Liza Woodruff have whipped up a rollicking, jolly, snow-filled adventure! In the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou’s sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off…until just Caribou’s left, only and lonely. Now, a reindeer likes flying-but never alone, so…one through ten, all leap on again! An ideal picture book for reading-and singing along with—over and over.

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K is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo

Giles Andreae

“K is for kissing a cool kangaroo, L is for loving, like Daddy loves you, M is for mischievous monkey and mat, N is for naughty and ‘No, don’t do that!'” This picture book puts a new twist on the alphabet with Andreae’s fun-filled descriptions for each letter and Parker-Rees’s clever illustrations. The page “G is for giant, whose garden grows wild” depicts a big, goofy looking giant nestled in a huge, green flower bed, filled with a goose and its golden egg, a gazelle, a gorilla, and a giraffe, all included to reinforce the letter G.

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Bearobics

Vic Parker

In this whimsical counting book, a shaggy bear flips on his boom box and brings out an assortment of dancing animals to exercise with him. Parading helter-skelter kangaroos, gorillas, ostriches, tigers, snakes, penguins, bunnies, frogs, mice, and finally, a million ants. Children will be romping right along with the animals, making learning to count to 10 sheer fun.

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The Bossy Gallito

Lucia M. Gonzalez

This bilingual edition of a classic ‘cumulative’ memory-story told with a Cuban accent. A cocky little rooster sets out to attend the wedding of his uncle, but dirties his beak on the path. He asks in turn for help from the grass, a goat, a stick, a fire, the water and finally the Sun who aids him in reward for his daily morning wake-up crowing. Both the English and the Spanish utilize the kind of rhythmic repetition that helps children master sequence, but what the children will hear is the fun, not the pedagogy.

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Are You A Horse?

Andy Rash

For his birthday, Roy’s friends give him a saddle and some very specific instructions: 1. Find a horse. 2. Enjoy the  ride! Great! But there’s a problem: Roy doesn’t know what a horse IS! What’s a horseless, clueless cowboy to do?

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How Do You Hug A Porcupine?

Laurie Isop

Hugging animals is wonderful! They have soft fur and downy feathers and are so cuddly. But oh. Oh, dear. The porcupine. How do you hug a porcupine?

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Cat’s Colors

Jane Cabrera

What is Cat’s favorite color? Is it green, like the grass where he likes to walk? Or yellow, like the sand on a sunny beach? Children who are learning new colors can join in Cat’s fun, as he explores the colors all around him. With its bright palette and playful, endearing kitten, this cheery book is perfect for the very young child.

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Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Bob Barner

Nothing fascinates children more than bugs! And in this colorful book, Bob Barner has collected everyone’s favorites. Spotted ladybugs that go creeping by, butterflies that flutter in the sky, grasshoppers, bumble bees, roly-poly bugs – all these and more are featured in brightly colored collage images and whimsical verse.

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The Way I Feel

Janan Cain

Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name foods, clothes, toys, people and all the other interesting things in their world. Strong, colorful, and expressive images go along with the verses to help children connect the word and the emotion.

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Shades of People

Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond-people come in lots of shades, even in the same family. This exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of children and a short text to inspire young children both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious.

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Up, Down, and Around

Katherine Ayres

From seeds dropping into soil to corn bursting from its stalks, from children chasing butterflies to ants burrowing underground, everything in this vibrant picture book pulses with life —- in all directions! Sprightly illustrations set the mood for a rhythmic text that follows nature’s course to a feast of backyard bounty.

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Rooster’s Off to See the World

Eric Carle

One fine morning, a rooster sets off to see the world. Soon he’s joined by two cats, then three frogs, then four turtles, then five fish. But one group by one, his new friends decide to head home, leaving the rooster alone again – and ready to return to his own comfortable home as well. Bold, colorful collage illustrations, a beguiling story, and a simple introduction to number sets, addition, and subtraction combine to make this book a delight.

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A Cat and a Dog/Un gato y un perro

Claire Masurel, Illustrated by Bob Kolar

A cat and a dog live in the same house, but they are not friends. They fight all the time about everything. Then disaster strikes. Dog’s beloved ball bounces up into a tree and is stuck. Cat’s precious stuffed mouse falls into the pond. Dog can’t climb. Cat can’t swim. What are they to do? Claire Masurel’s simple text and Bob Kolar’s bright, bold illustrations combine in this charming picture book for the very young, a humorous look at the age-old battle of cats and dogs that demonstrates how a simple act of kindness can turn an enemy into a friend. Bilingual.

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Bear Feels Sick

Karma Wilson

Bear is not feeling well at all; he is achy, sneezy, wheezy, and sick and in no shape to go outside to play. Mole, Hare, Mouse and the rest of the gang try to make Bear feel as comfortable as possible in his cave. Under the care of his friends, Bear starts to get better but as soon as Bear is well, guess what happens? All of his friends get sick!

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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giles Andreae

Stamp your feet and swing your arms – it’s time for the Jungle Dance! This marvelous book will have all children wanting to join the fun, dancing along with Gerald the Giraffe and all his animal friends.

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The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats

In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. The Snowy Day transformed children’s literature with its pioneering portrayal of an African-American child and the charming story and artwork that won it the Caldecott Medal.

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Let’s Go Visiting

Sue Williams

Let’s go visiting and see who’s ready to play–one foal, two calves, three kittens, four piglets, five ducklings, and six puppies! And once we’ve stomped in the mud with the piglets and swum in the lake with the ducklings, let’s curl up with this adorable menagerie and take an afternoon nap. This adventure-filled cumulative counting book will help youngsters practice their counting skills while they learn to identify their favorite animal babies–a visit every child will remember.

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Lola Loves Stories

Anna McQuinn

Lola loves to go to the library with her daddy. Every night she reads a new story, and the next day, she acts it out. One day she s a fairy princess, the next day she goes on a trip to Lagos! She becomes a tiger, a farmer, a pilot… What will Lola be next? Children and adults will love following along with Lola s adventures. Lola Loves Stories celebrates imaginative thinking and the importance of books as a way to inspire young minds.

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