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Picture Book Read Alike Display 2

We are back with another picture book read alike display! Find books similar to popular titles like The Day the Crayons Quit, Llama Llama, and more! Click here to view our printable PDF!

Harry Potter Check List & Read Alikes

Have you read the Harry Potter books and are looking for something just as magical? Or are you ready to read them for the first time? Click here to check out our brand new list!

Here you will find a breakdown of the original series, followed by additional books that take place in the HP universe, and finally, over thirty suggestions of what to read next! 

Picture Books about Emotions & Feelings


There are countless picture books that help children of all ages recognize them, deal with them, and live with them. Check out some of our favorites below!

Click here for a printable PDF trifold of the list.

When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang: A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure. Check out the rest of the series!

Places to Be by Mac Barnett: We have so many places to be! This picture book celebrates all our wide-ranging emotions - and the adventures that await us each day.

I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black: Flamingo learns that it is okay to be sad sometimes and that her friends, the little girl and Potato, will stand by her no matter how she feels.

I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black: Potato is worried about what might happen in the future, but their friend, a little girl, encourages them to focus on enjoying the present, instead.

Being Edie is Hard Today by Ben Brashares: A sensitive girl imagines transforming herself into different animals to help manage her intense emotions during difficult situations at school.

Tiger Days by M. H. Clark: Some days I feel so wild and brave and some days I feel small. There are so many ways to be when you're as BIG inside as me.

Birds of a Feather by Tom Crice: A young boy's happy life is interrupted when his grandfather passes away. Suddenly his world is full of big questions and difficult emotions.

Pete the Cat & His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean: Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy. With the help of some rockin' sunglasses from Toad, he learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.

Hotheads by Sheila Higginson: Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust wrestle for the controls when Riley has a frustrating Saturday. What should Riley do?

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! by Cori Doerrfeld: Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld: When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.

Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers: A little boy thinks of all the wonderful and ordinary things he will see and do tomorrow.

When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland: A young child experiences sadness as if it were a visitor, acknowledging the emotion and suggesting activities to do with it.

Friends Make Me Feel Razzmatazz by Tina Gallo: When you feel sad or alone, your world may seem gray, but when you're with friends, suddenly your world turns all the colors of the rainbow.

Happiness Tastes Like Cotton Candy by Tina Gallo: What does happiness taste like to you? Would a joyful day taste like a granny smith apple?

Take a Deep Breath by Sue Graves: Follow along as friends learn that when something scares them, they can take a deep breath and feel brave enough to get through their ordeals.

You Are My Sunshine by Holly Hobbie: Puddle cannot make his friend Toot stop moping

until a huge thunderstorm clears the air.

The Heart & the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers: After safeguarding her heart in a bottle hung around her neck, a girl finds the bottle growing heavier and her interest in things around her becoming smaller.

Sunshine & Storm by Elisabeth Jones: Sunshine is angry at her close friend Storm when he gets her all wet after going out in the rain, and Storm's feelings are hurt by Sunshine's anger.

Love is a Good Thing to Feel by Barbara Joosse: Harriet talks about love, how one can love someone but still be angry, and some of the ways to show love.

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee: Meet a boy with a heart so big, his feelings glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. What good is this giant heart?

Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester: It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.

The Color Monster by Anna Llenas: Emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, are described through the actions of a monster sorting them out.

Feelings series by Sarah Medina: Children explore the reasons why they may feel an

emotion, how to recognize feelings, and appropriate action to take when they are feeling that way.

Everyone Feels Happy Sometimes by Cari Meister: Feeling happy is fun! What does being happy feel like? What does it look like? How can you show others your happiness? Everyone feels happy sometimes.

Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer: Penguin is having a grumpy day. Sometimes the only way to shake it is wash it away and start over.

Wild Feelings by David Milgrim: Do you ever feel as stubborn as a mule? Or as chicken as a chicken? Of course you do. Looks at the normal, natural feelings we all have.

A Whole Bunch of Feelings by Jennifer Moore-Malinos: There are good feelings and then there are problem feelings. But did you know that there are so many other feelings to learn about, too? What does it mean to feel blah? What does it mean to feel skittish?

Tough Guys by Keith Negley: Explains through simple text and colorful illustrations that tough guys have the same feelings as you and I.

The Don’t Worry Book by Todd Parr: In this book about things that might make kids worry - from loud news, to loud neighbors, or a big day at school - Parr reassures kids who are feeling the weight of their world, offering solutions and comfort, as well as giggles.

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr: This book reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them.

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival: Norman is thrilled to discover he grew a pair of wings overnight, but his excitement turns to doubt when he realizes he is now different from everyone else.

Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival: A young girl's sense of adventure and exploration vanishes when she discovers a Worry that grows and grows until she learns how to get rid of it. 

So Many Feelings: Sign Language for Feelings & Emotions by Dawn Babb Prochovnic: Playful stories in simple rhymes introduce the American Sign Language signs for feelings and emotions.

The Brain Storm by Linda Ragsdale: After a frustrating day under his version of a little dark cloud, a boy discovers that ultimately working through your feelings and emotions begins with you.

The Happy Book by Andy Rash: Moving from happiness to sadness and everything in between, Camper and Clam have a hard time finding their way back to happy.

How Do You Feel? by Lizzy Rockwell: Do you feel happy? Sad? Silly? Angry? This books helps children and parents talk about feelings!

Me & My Fear by Francesca Sanna: When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. 

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss: Describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.

The Bad Mod & the Stick by Lemony Snicket: Curly's bad mood travels from person to person, unexpectedly leaving opportunities for forgiveness,

laughter, and love in its wake.

Search Your Feelings by Calliope Glass: The galaxy is an emotional place. Feelings are still felt way out there in space. You are not alone, so don't be blue. Just search your feelings. You know it to be true!

Fergal & the Bad Temper by Robert Starling: When things aren't fair, Fergal loses his temper and snorts angry fire. Can this dragon learn to cool it before a temper tantrum hits?

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard: Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk and finds that his mood changes as other animals join him.

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen: What happens when little dinosaurs get mad? And how do they calm down?

Easy Reader - Read Alike Display

Do you have a new reader? Finding series and characters that they like and enjoy reading is so important at this stage, but also one of the most difficult! Check out our read-alike poster above, or click here to view a printable PDF version.

Frozen Feelings Bulletin Board

Frozen II featured incredible discussion and conversation about feelings and emotions! Be sure to check out the library's collection on that topic. Click here to view the first half of the bulletin board, and click here to view the second half!

Rick Riordan Series

Rick Riordan is one of our favorite authors! His numerous series bring mythology to life and feature incredible characters from countless diverse backgrounds. Click here for the printable PDF of all of his series in order!

Nightly Read Aloud Books for School Aged Kids

Reading together every night will help your child develop a love reading as well as give you special time together!

The routine, knowing they are loved, and their use of imagination will also help your child sleep more soundly and develop a healthy brain.

Click here for the PDF list of of books. Click here for the first half of the bulletin board - click here for the second half of the bulletin board.

STEM Books with Diverse Protagonists

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are all around us, all the time! Check out our latest & greatest STEM books featuring a protagonist of color. All books are available for checkout from the Cape May County Library system.

Rox’s Secret Code by Archambault: “Rox does not want to clean up her room, so she creates a robot to do her chores for her, but Chorebot gets out of control.”

Georgia’s Terrific, Colorific Experiment by Persico: “Georgia wants to become a famous scientist, but she does not think her family of artists can be of any help to her.”

Two Problems for Sophia by Averbeck: “Sophia is happy to have Noodle, her One True Desire, yet her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems."

Fairy Science by Spires: “All the fairies in Pixieville believe in magic--except Esther. She believes in science. When a forest tree stops growing, all the fairies are stumped--including Esther. But not for long! Esther knows that science can get to the root of the problem--and its solution!”

Astronaut Annie by Slade: “When Annie has a career day at her school, each member of her family wonders if she will choose their career path--her grandfather the news photographer, her father the mountain climber or her mother the basketball player--until she reveals a dream that is all her own.”

How to Code a Roller Coaster by Funk: “"Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, are enjoying a day out at the amusement park and learning more about coding.” 

The Little Red Fort by Maier: “In this adaptation of the Little Red Hen fable, Ruby wants to build a fort, but her three brothers refuse to help, so when the fort is finished Ruby will not let them join her--until the boys come up with a few embellishments for the fort, like a mailbox, a garden, and a fresh coat of paint.”

Oh No! or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Barnett: “After winning the science fair with the giant robot she has builAda Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.t, a little girl realizes that there is a major problem.”

Ada Twist, Scientist by Beaty: “Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.”

Be a Maker by Howes: “Illustrations and simple, rhyming text invite the reader to make everything from a tower to a charitable donation, alone or with neighbors.”

Rocket Says Look Up! by Bryon: “Aspiring astronaut Rocket draws her community together to see a rare appearance of the Phoenix Meteor Showers, hoping especially that her big brother, Jamal, will look up from his phone.”

Cece Loves Science and Adventure by Beaty: “When Cece and her Adventure Girls troop face a sudden thunderstorm, they use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve problems and make their way safely back to camp.”

Most Popular Books: 2019

The checkouts are in, and we officially have our most popular children’s books of 2019! Here are the titles, according to collection:


Picture Books:

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

I’m a Shark! by Bob Shea

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Disney Princess Bedtime Stories

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace

Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems

Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman

The Petes Go Marching by James Dean

You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman

Aqualicious by Victoria Kann

Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds



Minecraft: Construction Handbook by Matthew Needler

Minecraft: Redstone Handbook by Nick Farwell

Minecraft Combat Handbook by Stephanie Milton

The LEGO Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz

Minecraft: Essential Handbook by Stephanie Milton

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Weird but True! Food: 300 Bite-Size Facts about Incredible Edibles!

The Disney Princess Cookbook by Cindy Littlefield

Guinness World Records: 2019

Roblox Character Encyclopedia by Alexander Cox

The Ultimate Book of Sharks by Brian Skerry

Look and Find: Disney Moana by Emily Skwish

Look and Find: The Mighty Avengers 

Big Book of Animals: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World

Fly Guy Presents: Sharks by Tedd Arnold


Juvenile Fiction

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Kiss and Spell by Suzanne Selfors

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Once Upon a Pet: A Collection of Little Pet Stories by Suzanne Selfors

Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday by Rachel Russell

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown


Graphic Novels

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

Gravity Falls: Lost Legends by Alex Hirsch

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier 

Kristy’s Big Day by Ann. M. Martin

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton



Messy Masterpieces: Gravity Painting


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