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Our Favorite Books List

Want to help JJS children and families build home libraries? 

In addition to keeping our classrooms and school library stocked with age-appropriate books, we routinely share books with our families as gifts to help build home libraries, loans to use and exchange from our lending library, and share with the community through our Little Free Library. 

Help us keep our love of books and sharing strong and donate a book today. Scroll below to see each classroom's list of preferred books. Or donate your family's favorite children's books too.

Our preferred languages are English and Spanish and we absolutely love bilingual copies of these books. You can find most books on our list below just about anywhere popular children's books are sold.  

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, 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. Where is Spot? by Eric Hill

  2. Say Hello by Rachel Isadora

  3. Good Night Number by Danica McKellar

  4. Maybe by Chris Haughton 

  5. Good Night Moon by Margeret Wise Brown

  6. My World, Mi Mundo by Margeret Wise Brown

Tree Frogs' List of Preferred Books

Young Two-year-olds

  1. The Little Engine that Could

  2. Corduroy by Don Freedman

  3. Good Night Moon by Margeret Wise Brown

  4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr and John Archambault

  5. Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

  6. Only One You by Linda Krantz

  7. Mindful Tots: Animal Antics by Rocio Alejandro

Toucans' List of Preferred Books

Older Two-year-olds

  1. Crayon’s Book of… (any in series by Drew Daywalt)

  2. Pete the Cat books by James Dean

  3. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri 

  4. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willem’s

  5. Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

Toucans' List of Preferred Books

Three-year-olds and Four-year-olds

  1. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

  2. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri 

  3. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

  4. Mo Willems’ books, particularly The Pigeon series or Elephant and Piggie series books

  5. books by David Shannon (i.e., David Gets in Trouble, David goes to school)

  6. books about the seasons

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 ship books directly to our center.
Jubilee JumpStart 
2525 Ontario Rd NW
Ground Floor /Suite B
Washington, DC 20009

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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