Predictable books feature predictable patterns that encourage participation and engage children's minds.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
Chain or Circular Stories
Bear is a Bear

Jonathan Stutzman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Stu)

A bear is a friend. A fellow mischief maker, a protector, and a dreamer. Until it’s time to say goodbye….and hello again! Recommended for ages 4–8.

Dumplings for Lili

Melissa Iwai
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Iwa)

Lili loves to cook dumplings with her grandmother, but when they need cabbage, she must race up and down the stairs of the building to find some, and help the other grandmothers borrow ingredients for different dumplings. Recommended for ages 4–8.

Higher! Higher!

Leslie Patricelli
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pat)

One child. One swing. One obliging Dad. A plea to go higher leads to new heights - how high? A mountain? The sky? Very few words captures the glee of being pushed on a swing. Recommended for ages 2–3.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Laura Numeroff
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Nu)

A little mouse wears out a boy with his unending requests - after all, if you give a mouse a cookie, he will NEED a glass of milk... and if he has a glass of milk, well... Recommended for ages 1–4.

The Mitten

Jan Brett
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Mitten Bre)

One by one, animals in a snowy forest crawl into Nicki's lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals flying up and out of the mitten. Recommended for ages 1–5.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears : a West African Tale

Verna Aardema
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Why Mosquitoes Aar)

A mosquito annoyed an iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit….and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won’t rise - and mosquito is punished! Recommend for ages 3–6.

Cumulative Stories
Chicken Story Time

Sandy Asher
(Juvenile Picture Book -- Ej Ash)

Library storytime becomes increasingly chaotic as first one chicken and then a whole flock joins in and the librarian must come up with a creative solution so everyone can enjoy the story. Recommended for ages 3–5.

Idries Shah
(Juvenile Nonfiction -J 495.593 Pashto Sha)

A cumulative Sufi teaching tale of a farmer’s wife trying to retrieve an apple from a hole in the ground. Recommended for ages 4–12.


Oliver Jeffers
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Jef)

When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things. Recommended for ages 2–6.

This Is the Boat that Ben Built

Jen Bailey
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bai)

A comic remake of the classic House-that-Jack-built, a little boy takes a supervised float down the river in his own boat to study the creatures he finds. Recommended for ages 4–7.

Repetition and Pattern Stories
Bloom Boom!

April Pulley Sayre
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 581 Say)

Beautiful photographs capture the boom of blooming flowers in springtime. Recommended for ages 2–8.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them. Recommended for ages 1–5.

I Kissed the Baby!

Mary Murphy
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mu)

Various animals tell how they saw, fed, sang to, tickled, and kissed the new duckling. Recommended for ages birth–3.

Owl Babies

Martin Waddell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm. Recommended for ages 1–4.

Wiggle, Waggle

Jonathan London
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lo)

Describes how various animals walk, from the wiggle waggle of a duck to the boing, boing, boing of a kangaroo. Recommended for ages birth–3.