Staff Picks

Predictable Books: Question and Answer

These books are examples of question and answer stories.

"Predictable books are those which, by virtue of the book's pattern, children can successfully anticipate the next word or next sentence. Their predictability encourages participation and engages children's minds. Often, these books make heavy use of rhyme or repetition." - Ready for Reading (Juvenile Parent/Teacher Resource Room - J 372.58 Bi)

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?     Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?    
Bill Martin, Jr.
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.    

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?     Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?    
Carmela LaVigna Coyle
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

When a little girl asks her mother about princesses, she learns that they are much like herself.

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?     Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?    
Susan Shea
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej She)

Poses rhyming questions on folded pages about what grows and what doesn't. 

Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?     Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?    
Eric Carle
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 591.39 Ca)

Presents the names of animal babies, parents, and groups, for example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boomer, and a group of kangaroos is a troop, mob, or herd.     

I Kissed the Baby!     I Kissed the Baby!    
Mary Murphy
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mu)

Various animals tell how they saw, fed, sang to, tickled, and kissed the new duckling.  

Is It Time?     Is It Time?    
Marilyn Janovitz
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ja)

Rhyming questions and answers lead Ted the wolf from his bath into bed.  

Snip Snap! : What's That?     Snip Snap! : What's That?    
Mara Bergman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Be)

Three siblings are frightened by the wide mouth, long teeth, and strong jaws of the alligator who has crept up the stairs--until they decide they have had enough.

The Little Sleepyhead     The Little Sleepyhead    
Fran Manushkin
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Man)

A tired little boy searches for a place where he can sleep.  

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?     What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?    
Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 573.87 Je)
What Shall We Do With The Boo-Hoo Baby?     What Shall We Do With The Boo-Hoo Baby?    
Cressida Cowell
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

A dog, a cat, a duck, and a cow try to think of things to do to soothe a crying baby.  

Where Have You Been?     Where Have You Been?    
Margaret Wise Brown
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

In rhyming verse, various animals tell where they have been.

Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo?     Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo?    
Stella Blackstone
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bl)

A curious puppy leads the reader to a number of animal babies in search of the name for a baby kangaroo. Includes notes on animal mothers and various infant animals.     

Who Said Red?     Who Said Red?    
Mary Serfozo
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Se)

A dialogue between two speakers, one of whom must keep insisting on an interest in the color red, introduces that hue as well as green, blue, yellow, and others. 

Whose Footprints?     Whose Footprints?    
Molly Coxe
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

A mother and daughter discover and identify animal footprints in the snow on an intimate walk through their farm.   

Whose Mouse Are You?     Whose Mouse Are You?    
Robert Kraus
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kr)

A lonely little mouse has to be resourceful in order to bring his family back together.  

Yum Yum! What Fun!     Yum Yum! What Fun!    
Mara Bergman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ber)

A series of animals sneaks into the house, looking for something to eat.