Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day picture books for young readers

Labor Day weekend is a good time to talk with kids about what they want to be when they grow up. Here's a selection of picture books that describe a variety of jobs, from Apples4theTeacher. Locate copies of these books by using either the World Catalog or search boxes here on BookBag.

"A Job For Wittilda," by Carolyn and Walt Beuhner. When Wittilda the witch is forced to look for a job, she finds her broom-flying ability comes in handy in applying for a job delivering pizzas.

"Community Helpers," by Bobbie Kalman and Niki Walker This alphabet book includes such helpers as police officers, firefighters, sanitation workers and veterinarians.

"Fireman Small," by Wong Herbert Yee. Rhymed verse and tidy watercolors describe how a fireman rescues Farmer Pig's cat and all the other animals in town.

"Jobs People Do," by Christopher Maynard. Text and photographs of real people at work as well as authentic detailed costumes present the key aspects of over fifty occupations.

"Library Lil," by Suzanne Williams and Steven Kellogg. Library Lil has her work cut out for her when Bust-'em-up Bill roars into town with his motorcycle gang. Just mention reading to him and you're toast.

"My Daddy is a Soldier," by Kirk Hilbrecht. Color picture book for young military families show how Daddy's job is important.

"The Gardener," by Sarah Stewart and David Small. After leaving her Depression-ridden home to live with Uncle Jim in the city, young Lydia Grace sees many empty window boxes and works hard to fill them all.

"Tortoise Brings the Mail," by Dee Lillegard and Jillian Lund. Because Tortoise is slow to deliver the mail, one animal after another offers to do a better job.

"Walter the Baker," by Eric Carle. When the Duke notices that Walter the baker has put water instead of milk in his sweet rolls, he presents Walter with a challenge.

"What Do People Do All Day?" by Richard Scarry. Shows and tells what busy people do every day to build houses, sail ships, fly planes, keep house.

"What is a Community, from A to Z?" by Bobbie Kalman. An alphabetical introduction to the basic concepts of community, such as "Buildings," "Family," "Rules," and "Working Together."

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