Playing with Books
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 Wolfner Library’s Racing to Read 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. Print/Braille. Tactile. On the Way to Literacy series. 2000.
Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? by Betsy Snyder
All the critters love to be petted and patted, even the most unusual ones! Print/braille book. Tactile. Board book. 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...book. Print/Braille. Tactile. Board book. 2008.
My Fuzzy Farm Babies by Tad Hills
Baby farm animals ask young readers to feel their fur and hair. Print/Braille. Board book. Tactile. 2001.
On the Farm by Little Bee Books
A touch-and-feel board book featuring baby animals and their mamas. Print/braille tactile board book. Uncontracted braille. 2015.
Shapes by Chuck Murphy
This wonderful book introduces children to five different shapes in both a tactile and visual way. Print/braille/Tactile board book. 1997.
Shapes by DK Publishing, Inc.
From square, silky pillows to shiny stars, there are all sorts of textures to explore in this safe, sturdy book that encourages preschool learning. A DK Touch and Feel book. Board book. Tactile book. 2013.
That's Not My Car—by Fiona Watt
A mouse searches for its car. Illustrated by Rachel Wells. Print/braille tactile board book. 1999.
Toddlers (Two through Three)
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. Print/braille by Wolfner Volunteers, 2003. 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. 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
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. Pete the Cat book. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. 2008.
Rainy Day Magic by Marie-Louise Gay
Indoors on a boring, rainy day, Victor and Joey create an imaginary adventure in the basement. Print/Braille. For grades P-2. 1987.
Shapes by DK Publishing, Inc.
BR052255 (Uncontracted UEB)
Feel the difference between a circle and triangle as the rhyming story guides readers through the pages, each page making information easy to understand for the tactile reader. Print/braille. Tactile. Board book. Uncontracted braille. 2016.
Silly Squiggles by Suzette Wright
A wormlike creature stretches, squeezes, and squirms into various shapes in this rhyming story. Print/Braille. Tactile. On the Way to Literacy series. 1991.
Preschool (Four through Six)
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular food, the cow chooses to eat the one thing that she loves best. Braille added by Wolfner volunteers. Building Block Award Nominee, 2011. 2010.
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea
Gatefold illustrations and question-and-answer text look at things that grow and things that do not. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. 2011.
Let's Learn Shapes with Shapely-Cal by Shirley Knight
This book can be used to teach shapes, sizes, colors, counting, and geometry as well as enhance pre-braille readiness skills. Print/braille, tactile pictures. 1997.
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. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1997.
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise. Pictures by Dan Hanna. Building Block award Nominee, 2010. 2008.
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.