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Our Favorite Books List 2024

Want to help JJS children and families build home libraries? 

Support our effort to spread age-appropriate books to young children throughout our community. Donate a book or two (or a few) to help JJS children maintain home libraries, and to share with children in our community at our Literacy Festivals and our Little Free Library.

Discover below some of our children's favorites by classroom. We welcome bilingual books, especially in English and Spanish. Most titles on our list are available through Amazon and are widely accessible e.

Hummingbirds' List of Preferred Books

Infants 6 weeks - 12 months

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  1. Popular children’s songs in book form (Old McDonald, Five Little Ducks, If You’re Happy and You Know It, De Colores, etc) 

  2. Soft/cloth books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Teething Crinkle Book by Let's Count Soft Book - World of Eric Carle or Who Is It? by Cottage Door Press

  3. Small board books like See, Touch, Feel by Roger Priddy, Hello, Baby Animals by Duopress Labs and Julissa Mora, Baby University books by Chris Ferrie, When You Grow Up by Little Hippo Books (Touch and Feel Board Book), or Bedtime Bear by Patricia Hegarty and Morgan Huff (Touch and Feel Board Books) 

Quetzals' List of Preferred Books


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  1. What a Wonderful World (board book) by Bob Thiele, George David Weiss and Louis Armstrong

  2. Row, Row, Row Your Boat (board book) by Jane Cabrera

  3. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep (board book) by Jane Cabrera

  4. El Camioncito Azul (Little Blue Truck) by Alice Schertle

  5. You Go Away by Dorothy Corey

  6. Say Hello by Rachel Isadora

Tree Frogs' List of Preferred Books

Young Two-year-olds

  1. Little Dinos series board books by Michael Dahl and Adam Record 

  2. Looky Looky Little One series books by Sandra Magsamen

  3. Don't Push the Button!: A Funny Interactive Book For Kids by Bill Cotter

  4. Can I Play, Too? (Little Senses) hardcover by Samantha Cotterill

  5. A Big Day for Dump Truck: Touch and Feel Board Book (sensory board book) by Little Hippo Books and Amy Cartwright

  6. La luz de Lucía (Spanish Edition) /  Lucy's Light (English Edition) by Margarita Del Mazo and Silvia Álvarez 

  7. Can You Dance Like a Peacock?: Encourage Kids to Get Up and Move by Rekha S. Rajan and Hanna Abbo

  8. Whoever Heard of a Flying Bird? by David Cunliffe

  9. See You Later, Alligator hardcover by Sally Hopgood and Emma Levey

Toucans' List of Preferred Books

Older Two-year-olds

  1. Magic Box by Katie Cleminson

  2. Donde Viven Los Monstrous by Maurice Sendak

  3. Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

  4. Boom, Boom, Go Away by Lauren Geringer

  5. Doctor TED by Andrea Beatty

  6. Pete the Cat and The Missing Cupcakes by Kimberly & James Dean

  7. Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

  8. Miss Mary Mack by Mary Ann Hoberman

  9. Too Much: An Overwhelming Day by Jolene Gutiérrez

  10. I Don't Want To Wash My Hands! by Tony Ross

Tigers' List of Preferred Books

Three-year-olds and Four-year-olds

  1. Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre

  2. Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter

  3. Chairs on Strike by Jennifer Jones

  4. I Read Signs (Reading Rainbow Books) by Tana Hoban

  5. There Was an Old Lady that Swallowed the Alphabet by Beth Taylor

  6. Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

  7. The Magic of Sharing by Ruben Lora and Ksenia Lora

  8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rainbow Colors by Eric Carle

  9. Up Down and Around by Katherine Ayres

  10. My New Friend is So Fun by Mo Willems

Beloved Books in All JJS Classrooms

  1. Eric Carle books (any for early childhood)

  2. Llama Llama books by Anne Dewdney

  3. Dr. Seuss books (any for early childhood)

  4. Mo Willems' books, particularly from the Pigeon series and Elephant and Piggie series

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You can also ship books directly to our center.
Jubilee JumpStart / Attn: Danica Benson
2525 Ontario Rd NW
Ground Floor /Suite B
Washington, DC 20009

(please indicate that we are a business, not a residence)

If you're in the neighborhood and would like to drop them contact Danica or drop them off during regular office hours Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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