Playing with Books

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Recommended Reading List


This is a list of print/braille, audio, and large print books available for you to check out that help support the Playing with Books skill from the That All Children May Read early literacy curriculum. This list includes books about shapes and other books to promote a love of reading.

To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through WolfPAC. Identification numbers for print/braille books begin with BR and large print books begin with LP. All audiobooks with the prefix DBC are linked to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading.


Babies (Birth through One)


The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen


A special balloon takes on extraordinary shapes and performs amazing feats. On the Way to Literacy series. A tactile book. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2000.


Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger?   by Betsy Snyder


All the critters love to be petted and patted, even the most unusual ones! A tactile board book. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2012


If I Were a Hippo... by Anne Wilkinson


Each page depicts hippo characteristics accompanied with sensory stimulating materials for youngsters to explore. An If I Were A tactile board book. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2008.


My Fuzzy Farm Babies by Tad Hills


Baby farm animals ask young readers to feel their fur and hair. A tactile board book. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2001.


Shapes by Chuck Murphy


This wonderful book introduces children to five different shapes in both a tactile and visual way. A tactile board book. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1997.


Toddlers (Two through Three)


Animal Shapes by Holly Brook-Piper


Colorful illustrations and textured pages invite readers to learn about shapes, including circles, squares, and triangles. A tactile board book. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2015.


Daddy Is a Doodlebug by Bruce Degen



A young doodlebug describes how he and his father are alike and the things they enjoy doing together. Braille added by Wolfner volunteers. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2000.


For Just One Day by Laura Leuck



After guessing the identity of each animal before turning the page, the reader pretends to be a porcupine, bear, crocodile, and bumblebee. Braille added by Wolfner volunteers. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2009.


One Hundred Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz


Lists a wide variety of everyday items that are worth celebrating and can make one happy. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2014.


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin


BR022044 (UEB)


Pete the Cat wears his new white shoes while walking down the street, and as he steps into piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other messes--and the color of his footwear changes--he keeps on moving and singing to himself without being bothered. A Pete the Cat book. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2008.


Silly Squiggles by Suzette Wright


A wormlike creature stretches, squeezes, and squirms into various shapes in this rhyming story. On the Way to Literacy series. A tactile book. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1991.


Preschool (Four through Six)


Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea BR051590

Gatefold illustrations and question-and-answer text look at things that grow and things that do not.  Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2011.


Mouse Mess by Linnea Asplind Riley



The sleeping little mouse wakes up when the family goes to bed. Since he is very hungry, he goes to the kitchen where he finds cookies and crackers, milk and cheese, and peanut butter and jam. And when he is full, he goes back to bed. But what a mess he has made. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 1998. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1997.


Silly Sally by Audrey Wood


A nonsense story in rhyme about Silly Sally and the friends that she makes as she travels to town--backward and upside down. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1992.


Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson


Tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves. 2013.


A Touch by Carlotta Vaccari


The pictures offer critically important opportunities to build exploratory skills, tactile discrimination skills, and encounter spatial relationships. A tactile book. PRINT/BRAILLE. Choking hazard. 2018.