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The Head Start program was created in 1965 to address the educational and developmental needs of our nation's most vulnerable citizens- young children.

Over the past 51 years, Head Start programs have been operated at the local, grassroots level across the country. Through Head Start's comprehensive service system for both children and their families, thousands upon thousands of children have been given the chance to be and to do their best in order to achieve their potential in school.

Head Start provides the opportunity for every child to develop the building blocks for learning- physical and nutritional well-being, social and emotional competence, and developmental growth. Head Start works with families to strengthen them and support them in moving toward greater self-sufficiency.

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Head Start’s Book List

Suggestions for books to read with your child from

Luzerne County Head Start’s Literacy Specialist.

Check your local library for the books and start your child on the road to success.

 


What to look for at the library in September:

“Back to School”

Infant/Toddler Books

Bus Stop    Author/Illustrator Taro Gomi

I Can Do It Too!   Author Karen Baicker; Illustrator Ken Willson-Max

Multicultural Books

Say Hello   Author/Illustrator Rachel Isadora

Rain School   Author/Illustrator James Rumford

Pre-School Books

The Wheels on the Bus   Author/Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten   Author Joseph Slate; Illustrator Ashley Wolf

Wemberly Worried   Author/Illustrator Kevin Henkes


 What to Look for at the Library in October:

“Wordless Books”

Infant/Toddlers Books

Baby Face   Author/Photographer Jane Wattenburg

White on Black   Author/Illustrator Tana Hoban

Multicultural Books

Museum Trip   Author/Illustrator Barbara Lehman

Sidewalk Circus   Author/Illustrator Kevin Hawkes

Pre-School Books

Beaver is Lost   Author/Illustrator Elisha Cooper

Shadow   Author/Illustrator Suzy Lee

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher   Author/Illustrator Molly Bang


 What to Look For at the Library in November:

“Rhyme and Song Books”

Infant/Toddlers Books

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider   Author/Illustrator Iza Trapani

A Children’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes   Illustrator Linda Bleck

Multicultural Books

Charlie Parker Plays Be Bop   Author/Illustrator Christopher Raschka

Fiesta!   Author Ginger Foglesong Guy; Illustrator Rene King Moreno

Pre-School Books

Abiyoyo   Author Pete Seeger; Illustrator Michael Hayes

Green Eggs and Ham   Author/Illustrator Dr. Seuss

My Very First Mother Goose   Edited by Iona Opie; Illustrator Rosemary Wells


 What to look for at the Library in December:

“Animals”

Infant/Toddler Book List

When the Elephant Walks   Author/Illustrator Keiko Kasza

Animals   Author/Illustrator Dawn Sirett

Multicultural Books

Bring the Rain to Kapiti Plains   Author Verna Aardema; Illustrator Beatrz Vidal

Wombat Walkabout   Author Carol Diggory Shields; Illustrator Sophie Blackall

Pre-School Books

Little Pink Pup   Author/Photographer Johanna Kerby

Bruno Munari’s Zoo   Author/Illustrator Bruno Munari

The Animal Boogie   Author/Illustrator Debbie Harter


 What to Look for at the Library in January:

“Let’s Move

Infant/Toddler Books

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes   Author/Illustrator Annie Kubler

Off We Go   Author/Illustrator Beverley Abramson

Multicultural Books

Kitchen Dance   Author/ Illustrator Maurie J. Manning

Madlenka, Soccer Star   Author/Illustrator Peter Sis

Pre-School Books

Brontorina   Author James Howe; Illustrator Randy Cecil

If You’re Happy and You Know It   Author Anna Mcquinn; Illustrator Sophie Fatus

Wallie Exercise   Author Steve Ettinger; Illustrator Pete Proctor


What to Look for at the Library in February:

“Understanding Differences”

Infant/Toddler Books

I Can. Can You?  Author/Photographer Marjorie W. Pitzer

ABC Helpers  Author/Photographer Rochelle Bunnett

Multicultural Books

Brothers and Sisters   Author Laura Dwight

All Kinds of Friends, Ever Green   Author Ellen B. Senisi

Pre-School Books

We’ll Paint the Octopus Red   Author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen; Illustrator Pam DeVito

The Black Book of Colors   Author Menena Cottin; Illustrator Rosana Faria

Extraordinary Friends   Author Fred Rogers; Photographer Jim Dudkis

 


What Books to Look for at the Library in March:

“Folk Tales”

Infant/Toddlers Books

A Tale of Benjamin Bunny   Author/Illustrator Beatrix Potter

City Mouse, Country Mouse   Author/Illustrator Jody Wheeler

Multicultural Books

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti   Illustrator Gerald McDermott

Flossie and the Fox   Author Patricia McKissack; Illustrator Rachel Isadora

Pre-School Books

The Bermen Town Musicians   Author/Illustrator Ilse Plume

The Three Bears   Author/Illustrator Jan Brett

The Ginger Bread Man   Author/Illustrator Schmidt


What Books to Look for at the Library in April:

“Art”     

Infant/Toddler Books

Colors   Author/Illustrator Thierry Laval

Little Yoga   Author Rebecca Whitford; Illustrator Martina Selway

Multicultural Books

Urban Animals   Author/Photographor Isabel Hill

The Jazz Man   Author/Illustrator Karen Ehrhardt

Pre-School Books

Look Book   Author/ Illustrator Tana Hoban

Earnist the Mouse Who Doesn’t Fit   Author/Illustrator Catherine Rayner  

Urban Animals   Author/Photographer Isabel T. Hill


What Books to Look for at the Library in May:

“Humor”

Infant/Toddler Books

Millie Cow   Author/Illustrator Roger Priddy

The Napping House   Author Audrey Wood; Illustrator Don Wood

Multicultural Books

Beautiful Yetta    Author Daniel Pinkwater; Illustrator Jill Pinkwater

Manana Iguana   Author Ann Whitford Paul; Illustrator Eathan Long

Pre-School Books

Duck! Rabbit!   Author/Illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp   Author Carol Diggorgy Shields; Illustrator Scott Nash

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus   Author/Illustrator Mo Williams


What Books to Look for at the Library in June:

“Science”

Infant/Toddler Books

Rainforest Colors   Author Susan Canezares; Illustrator Betrey Chessen

My Butterfly Book   Author/Illustrator Melissa Stewart 

Multicultural Books

The Earth Book   Author/Illustrator Todd Parr

Six Crows   Author/Illustrator Leo Lioni

Thanking the Moon Author/Illustrator Grace Lin

Pre-School Books

Our Tree Named Steve   Author Alan Zweibel; Illustrator David Catron

Yucky Worms   Author Vivian French; Illustrator Jessica Ahlberg

Machines at Work   Author/Illustrator Byron Barton  

 


What Books to Look for at the Library in July:

“Families”

Infant/Toddlers Books

Guess How Much I love You   Author Sam McBratney; Illustrator Anita Jeram

My Baby and Me   Author Lynn Reiser; Illustrator Penny Gentieu

Multicultural Books

 Families   Author/Illustrator Ann Morris

All Families are Special   Author Norma Simon; Illustrator Teresa Flavin

Pre-School Books

Mystery Bottle   Author Kristen Balauch; Illustrator Ezra Jack Keats

Shades of People   Author Shelley Rotner; Illustrator Sheila M. Kelly

The Relatives Came  Author   Cynthia Rylant; Illustrator Stephen Gammel

There’s Going to Be a Baby   Author John Burningham; Illustrator Helen Oxenbury


What to Look for at the Library in August:

“Nutrition”

Infant/Toddler Books   

Eating the Alphabet   Author/Illustrator Lois Ehlert

Strawberries are Red   Author/Illustrator Pete Horacek

Multicultural Books

Bread, Bread, Bread   Author Ann Morris; Illustrator Ken Heyman

Shante Keys and the New Year Peas  Author Gail Pierras-Davenport; Illustrator MarionEldridge

Pre-School Books

The Vegetables We Eat   Author/Illustrator Gail Gibbons

What Should I Make   Author Nandini Navar; Illustrator Protiti Ray

Soup Day   Author/Illustrator Melissa Irvia