I help you a little, you help me a little—we’ll all get a lot more done.

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Arnold Lobel

From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other -- just as best friends should be.

It takes a village

Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Ej Co

On market day in a small village in Benin, Yemi tries to watch her little brother Kokou and finds that the entire village is watching out for him too.

It's mine

Leo Lionni
Ej Li

Three selfish frogs quarrel over who owns their pond and island, until a storm makes them value the benefits of sharing.

Lilly’s purple plastic purse

Kevin Henkes
E Hen

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

Philemon Sturges
398.2 Little Red Hen Stu

In this version of the traditional tale, the duck, the dog, and the cat refuse to help the Little Red Hen make a pizza but do get to participate when the time comes to eat it.

Ox-cart man

Donald Hall
Ej Hal

Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

The patchwork quilt

Valerie Flournoy
Ej Fl

Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.

The Philharmonic gets dressed

Karla Kuskin
Ej Ku

The 105 members of the Philharmonic Orchestra get ready for a performance.

The rag coat

Lauren Mills
Ej Mi

Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.

The seven Chinese brothers

Margaret Mahy
J 398.2 Seven Chinese Mah

Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities.

Shoes from Grandpa

Mem Fox
Ej Fo

In a cumulative rhyme, family members describe the clothes they intend to give Jessie to go with her shoes from Grandpa.

The Wednesday surprise

Eve Bunting
Ej Bu

On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read.

Zinnia and Dot

Lisa Campbell Ernst
Ej Er

Zinnia and Dot, self-satisfied hens who bicker constantly about who lays better eggs, put aside their differences to protect a prime specimen from a marauding weasel.