LaunchPad Library

For Early Education Providers

book: Over in a Stable book: Over in a Stable

Over in a Stable, written by award-winning author Suzanne Nelson, is a beautiful and engaging Christmas read-aloud for you and your little ones that tells the story of the nativity, featuring the memorable counting and cadence of the beloved classic poem “Over in the Meadow.”

Book:  Fiona the Hippo Book: Fiona the Hippo
Fiona the Hippo, by New York Times artist Richard Cowdrey, tells the story of Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her inspiring story and plucky personality. Born prematurely, at only 29 pounds, Fiona’s chances of survival were slim, but her spunk and determination helped her thrive.
Book: B Is For Bear Book: B Is For Bear

A touch-and-feel first alphabet book for babies and parents to enjoy together.

Book: Love Monster Book: Love Monster

Love Monster is a slightly hairy monster trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville. But as it turns out, it’s hard to fit in with the cute and the fluffy when you’re a googly-eyed monster. And so, Love Monster sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is. His journey is not easy–he looks high, low, and even middle-ish. But as he soon finds out, in the blink of a googly eye, love can find you when you least expect it.

Book: The Day the Babies Crawled Away Book: The Day the Babies Crawled Away

What a lovely day at the fair. Children lining up for pony rides . . . moms and dads in a pie-eating contest . . . babies chasing butterflies . . . babies heading for the trees . . . I SAY! Where are those babies GOING? Only a small boy sees them leaving and follows as the babies chase butterflies in trees, frogs in a bog, even bats in a cave, ignoring pleas to come back. But not to worry, our hero saves the day, making sure that all the babies get home safely from their appealing adventures.

(Book)The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School (Book)The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he’s a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He’ll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: “I can catch them! I’m their Gingerbread Man!”

With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, a deliciously sweet ending is served up for both the Gingerbread Man and the children who made him.

Book: Crocodiles Need Kisses Too Book: Crocodiles Need Kisses Too
Fun-to-read-aloud, rhyming text describes prickly porcupines, roaring tigers, and slithery snakes–not the most cuddly creatures, but still worthy of hugs and snuggles from their mamas! With a luscious and colorful palette, Crocodiles Need Kisses Too shows that animals (and children) don’t have to be warm and fuzzy to be totally lovable.
CD: Down by the Bay By Raffi (Raffi Songs to Read) CD: Down by the Bay By Raffi (Raffi Songs to Read)

Fun sing along book for children

(book)The Gingerbread Girl (book)The Gingerbread Girl

Like her older brother, the Gingerbread Boy, who was eventually devoured by a fox, the Gingerbread Girl eludes the many people who would like to eat her but also has a plan to escape her sibling’s fate.

Books: I Am Not a Fish! Books: I Am Not a Fish!
Edgar is a jellyfish, but he doesn’t look, act, or feel very much like a “fish.” With a little help though from some friendly starfish, Edgar realizes that labels aren’t important, and he should celebrate what makes him unique!


Book: Grumpy Monkey Book: Grumpy Monkey

Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it–how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? They have lots of suggestions for how to make him feel better. But Jim can’t take all the advice…and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?

Book: Grumpy Monkey Party Time! Book: Grumpy Monkey Party Time!

Have you ever been a little anxious about going to a party? Jim Panzee feels that. Porcupine is having a big party, and according to Jim’s best friend Norman, there will be – gulp – dancing. Jim can DEFINITELY not dance. When he tells his friends, they all try to teach him cool moves – surely that’s the only reason Jim isn’t excited about this party!

(Book) There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly! (Book) There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!

It’s the Old Lady as you’ve never seen her before! Now she’s swallowing animals from the classic story…to create a home full of lovable pets!With rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, this is the original song young readers know and love with a wacky twist. And now in a smaller, board book edition, even the littlest of readers can read along!

Book: The Crayon Box That Talked Book: The Crayon Box That Talked

Yellow hates Red, so does Green, and no one likes Orange Can these crayons quit arguing and learn to cooperate? Shane DeRolf’s deceptively simple poem celebrates the creation of harmony through diversity. In combination with Michael Letzig’s vibrant illustrations, young readers will understand that when we all work together, the results are much more colorful and interesting.

Book: Sorry (Really Sorry) Book: Sorry (Really Sorry)

Cow was in a nasty mood. When Duck came along Cow kicked mud in her face.
“Why’d you do that?” asked Duck.
“I felt like it,” said Cow. “And I’m not sorry.”

Little did Cow know that her bad mood would spread to the whole farm. But it does when Cow passes her anger along to Duck who takes it out on Frog who is mean to Bird who upsets Goat who bothers Pig. Until good-hearted Dog turns things around by showing kindness to Pig, turning not sorry into sorry (really sorry). But will that be enough to mend all of the hurt feelings on the farm?

Book: Find-And-Fit: First Words Book: Find-And-Fit: First Words

Pop the jigsaw pieces onto the right place

Book: Rumble in the Jungle Book: Rumble in the Jungle

Join this rhyming safari and meet everyone from the helping elephant to the gangly giraffe, and maybe even the terrible tiger!

(Book) Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: and other favorite bedtime rhymes (Book) Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: and other favorite bedtime rhymes

Little ones can end their day with this beautifully illustrated collection of bedtime nursery rhymes and soothing lullabies. Star Light, Star Bright, Rock-a-bye, Baby and other well-known bedtime rhymes will bring a sense of comfort and rest.

Book: Big Fish Little Fish (My Little World) Book: Big Fish Little Fish (My Little World)
Dive into the ocean to learn about opposites in this bubbly book! With bright artwork, fish-shaped finger-holes, and a fun rhyming story, learning is brought to life!
Book: Chica Chica Bum Bum Book: Chica Chica Bum Bum

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in Spanish.

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