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10 Books About Play

    The Birthday Box

    The Birthday Box - Leslie Patricelli

    What's better than getting a brand-new toy as a birthday gift? Playing with the box it came in!

    BOARD BOOK Patricelli
    Peekaboo Bedtime

    Peekaboo Bedtime - Rachel Isadora

    A toddler plays peekaboo with parents, grandparents, toys, and the moon while getting ready for bed.

    PICTURE BOOK Isadora, R.
    I Am a Backhoe

    I Am a Backhoe - Anna Grossnickle Hines

    A young boy imagines himself to be different types of trucks as he plays in the sand.

    PICTURE BOOK Hines, A.
    How to Be

    How to Be - Lisa Brown

    When two children pretend to be various animals, they discover how to be themselves.

    PICTURE BOOK Brown, L.
    Pete’s a Pizza

    Pete’s a Pizza - William Steig

    When Pete feels miserable because rain makes it impossible to play ball outdoors, his father finds a fun indoor game to play with his son.

    PICTURE BOOK Steig, W.
    Andrew Drew and Drew

    Andrew Drew and Drew - Barney Saltzberg

    Follow Andrew as he doodles his way through the flaps and folds of this unusual book.

    PICTURE BOOK Saltzberg, B.

    Roxaboxen - Alice McLerran

    A hill covered with rocks and wooden boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends.

    PICTURE BOOK McLerran, A.

    Jumanji - Chris Van Allsburg

    Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

    PICTURE BOOK Van Allsburg, C.
    Ivy and Bean Make the Rules

    Ivy and Bean Make the Rules - Annie Barrows

    Bean is too young to go to the camp her sister Nancy is attending, so she and her best friend Ivy decide to create their own camp.

    Starring Grace

    Starring Grace - Mary Hoffman

    Grace and her friends have all sorts of adventures during their summer vacation--going to the circus, taking an imaginary safari, making friends with an elderly neighbor, and pretending to be astronauts.

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