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"Firsts" Booklist

First steps, first teeth, first bike ride, first sleepover...children have a great many "FIRSTS" to celebrate throughout the years. Here's a list of books you can find at the Library about some of those important milestones.

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J BOARDBK DEPAO De Paola, Tomie My First...Series
Introduces some of the objects and activities associated with the celebration of several holidays, including Passover, Easter and Chanukah.
1989 - 2008
J BOARDBK STECK Steckle, Richard My Teeth
J297.36 KATZ Katz, Karen My First Ramadan
A boy observes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with his family.
J362.11 THOMA Thomas, Pat Do I Have to Go to the Hospital: A First Look at Going to the Hospital
A first look at going to the hospital
J513.211 RADAB Radabaugh, Melinda Beth First Time 1 2 3
From the first day Sunday to the seventh day Saturday, a child encounters new experiences, such as going to the doctor and getting a haircut.
J617.6 HUGHE Hughes, Monica First Visit to the Dentist
Contents: Going to the dentist -- In the waiting room -- Meeting the dentist -- The dentist gets ready -- The check-up -- Clean and polish -- Brushing teeth -- Problem teeth -- Well done! -- The next appointment.
J636.0887 BOZZO Bozzo, Linda My First Guinea Pig and Other Small Pets
Informs children how to choose and take care of their guinea pigs and other small pets.
J636.1 BOZZO Bozzo, Linda My First Horse
Informs children how to choose and take care of their first horse.
J636.6 BOZZO Bozzo, Linda My First Bird
Learn what your new pet bird will need to stay healthy and happy in your home.
J636.7 BOZZO Bozzo, Linda My First Dog
With help from the American Humane Association, this book will help you choose the right dog and show how to care for your new pet.
J636.8 BOZZO Bozzo, Linda My First Cat
Read about how to choose the right pet, and how to care for your new cat or kitten.
J636.8 COPPE Coppendale, Jean Kitten: How to Take Care of Your First Pet
Explains how to select, care for, and play with your new kitten.
J639.34 BOZZO Bozzo, Linda My First Fish
With help from the American Humane Association, this book explores how to choose the right fish and how to care for your new pet.
J646.724 EHRLI Ehrlich, Fred Does a Yak Get a Haircut?
Shows how only some animals get haircuts and explains why it does not hurt for a child to have his hair cut.
J646.724 RADAB Radabaugh, Melinda Beth Getting A Haircut
Describes what to expect on your first visit to the barber shop or salon for a haircut, discussing the big chairs, smocks, shampoo, haircutting tools, and blow-dryer.
J799.2 Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw A Family Goes Hunting
Relates, in text and photographs, the experiences of twelve-year-old Leif as he goes on his first hunting trip with his family in Montana.
J811 Singer, Marilyn In My Tent
A little girl goes on her first camping trip.
JE Akass, Susan Swim, Number Nine Duckling
A timid little duckling waits on the shore while his siblings have their first swimming lesson.
JE ALLEN Allen, Kit Slide, Already!
Brief text and illustrations follow a scared child's first encounter with the big slide at the playground.
JE BERGS Bergstein, Rita M. Your Own Big Bed
Introduces how different animals and even human babies grow from being newly-hatched or born, through being carried everywhere, to having their own special place to sleep.
JE BEST Best, Cari Are You Going to be Good?
While attending his first "night party" to celebrate Great-Gran Sadie's 100th birthday, Robert's manners disappoint family members and relatives but please the guest of honor who loves his dance steps.
JE BOURG Bourgeois, Paulette Franklin Rides a Bike
At the beginning of spring, Franklin and all his friends have training wheels on their bikes. But soon Franklin is the only one who can't ride without them…
JE BOWEN Bowen, Anne How Did You Grow So Big, So Soon?
The night before his first day at school, a mother and son recount other new experiences he has had, such as his first words and first steps, and celebrate his growth and accomplishments.
JE BRAUN Braun, Sebastien Back to Bed, Ed!
Ed the mouse will not sleep in his own bed, until eventually his exasperated and tired parents find a way to keep him from joining them in the middle of the night.
JE BRIDW Bridwell, Norman Clifford's First Sleepover
When Emily Elizabeth goes to her grandparents' for a sleepover, she thinks she is leaving her small red puppy behind. There are lots of funny surprises in store when Clifford sneaks into her suitcase.
JE BROWN Brown, Marc Arthur's First Sleepover
Children can read about Arthur's antics in his own backyard with Buster and the Brain.
JE BROWN Brown, Marc Tolon D.W. Rides Again!
D.W. graduates from a tricycle to her first two-wheeler and under Arthur's careful guidance learns the basics of bicycle safety.
JE BURNA Burnard, Damon Dave's Haircut
Dave's last haircut was a disaster so he decides to cut his own hair. Luckily, Joe the Barber gives him a very cool haircut.
JE CIVAR Civardi, Anne Going on a Plane
A different family in each book discovers how to deal with new situations.
JE CIVAR Civardi, Anne First Experiences
This book introduces young children to situations they might find themselves in for the first time.
JE COUSI Cousins, Lucy Maisy Goes on Vacation
Lizzy is scared to start school, so she makes a doll out of an apple from her favorite tree to take with her on the first day and keep her company. Includes instructions for making an apple doll.
JE COUSI Cousins, Lucy Maisy Goes to the Museum
Maisy makes her first visit to a museum.
JE COUSI Cousins, Lucy Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth
Maisy the mouse and her animal friends accompany nervous Charley on his first visit to the dentist.
JE DAVID David, Luke Chuckie Visits the Eye Doctor
Chuckie isn't seeing too well and must visit the eye doctor and get his first pair of glasses.
JE Davis, Gibbs Katy's First Haircut
First-grader Katy begins to regret having her long hair cut short after she is mistaken for a boy.
JE DUSSL Dussling, Jennifer One Little Flower Girl
A flower girl learns her role in the wedding.
JE ERIKS Eriksson, Eva A Crash Course for Molly
Watch out! Here comes Molly! Molly is big enough and smart enough to ride a bike now - and she loves it!
JE ESPIN Espinosa, Laura Otis and Rae and the Grumbling Splunk
While on their first camping trip ever, Rae looks forward to tracking a wild beast but it is a fearful Otis who first encounters the Grumbling Splunk, whose grumbling might not be so scary after all.
JE FELDM Feldman, Thea Disney's My First 1 2 3's
JE FRAZE Frazee, Maria Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All Ages
Toddling on the brink of something big? Whatever the challenge, the steps for success are the same: stand tall, put one foot in front of the other, and ... walk on!
JE FURGA Furgang, Kathy Flower Girl
Anna isn't happy when she learns that she will be a flower girl in Aunt Julie's wedding, until she looks at wedding photographs and tries on Grandma's veil.
JE GODWI Godwin, Laura The Ring Bearer
With a cleverly rhyming text that captures the solemnity of the occasion, this sweet picture book is the perfect introduction to what weddings are all about and what ring bearers actually do.
JE HENNE Hennessy, B.G. Play Ball Corduroy
Corduroy the teddy bear and his friends play in their first baseball game.
JE HUBBE Hubbell, Patricia My First Airplane Ride
Follows a young traveler through a first airplane ride, from takeoff to touchdown.
JE JOHAN Johanson, Sarah Margaret Training Wheels
Caillou takes his first bicycle ride without training wheels.
JE KROSO Krosoczka, Jarrett Baghead
Josh hides the bad haircut he gave himself by wearing a bag on his head, until his sister has a better idea.
JE KRULL Krull, Kathleen Clip, Clip, Clip: Three Stories about Hair
Three short stories feature Kevin, who doesn't want a haircut, Ramon, whose friends agree that hair problems can make you scream, and Helen, who is interested in everyone's hair.
JE LEE Lee, Suzy Wave
A wordless picture book that shows a little girl's first experiences at the beach, as she goes from being afraid of the roaring waves to playing on the shore while gulls soar overhead.
JE LIN Lin, Grace Olvina Swims
Olvina, a chicken in more ways than one, overcomes her fear of swimming with help from her friend Hailey, a penguin, while on vacation in Hawaii.
JE LINDG Lindgren, Barbro Rosa Goes to Daycare
Rosa is disgusted because her aunt has decided to send her to a doggie daycare center. There she faces an unknown routine and all kinds of rules. Yet Rosa soon makes friends and finds adventure in the great outdoors.
JE LONDO London, Jonathan Eat! Cried Little Pig
"Eat!" was Little Pig's first word. He loves food. He loves to squish it and squash it and wear it in his hair. He slurps it and slops it and gets it everywhere.
JE LONDO London, Jonathan Froggy's Sleepover
Froggy is excited about his first sleepover, but a series of events sends Froggy and Max back and forth between their houses, until it seems they will never fall asleep.
JE LUCKE Lucke, Deb The Boy Who Wouldn't Swim
One very hot summer, Eric Dooley watches his younger sister go from her first swimming lesson all the way to the diving board, while his fear of the water keeps him from joining her and the rest of the people of Clermont County in the pool.
JE LUM Lum, Kate What! Cried Granny : An Almost Bedtime Story
When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny's resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.
JE MCCAR McCarty, Peter Baby Steps
McCarty's chronicle of his daughter Suki's first year of life in tender prose.
JE MESER Meserve, Jessica Bedtime Without Arthur
Bella has a bear named Arthur, like others, hes soft and cuddly. Unlike other bears, Arthur knows karate and works tirelessly all night to protect Bella from monsters, dragons, slugs, and other things that lurk in the shadows. One night, Arthur goes missi
JE PETTY Petty, Kate Going to the Dentist
Explains in simple language what happens when you visit the dentist.
JE PETTY Petty, Kate Moving Day
When the family apartment is sold, Sam is not sure he wants to move, but the experience proves to be exciting and fun.
JE RADAB Radabaugh, Melinda Beth First Time ABC
Text and photographs depict an alphabet of new things growing children can do, from "A" for airplane travel to "Z" for zipping bookbags.
JE ROBBI Robbins, Beth Tom's New Haircut
Worried about shampoo in his eyes, sharp scissors, and looking silly, Tom the cat is surprised when he has a fantastic time on his first trip to the hairdresser for a haircut.
JE ROSEN Rosenberry, Vera Vera Goes to the Dentist
On Vera's first visit to the dentist, she has an unexpected reaction when he tries to polish her teeth.
JE SAVAD Savadier, Elivia No Haircut Today!
Dominic refuses to get his hair cut, no matter how much his mother wants him to or how bad it looks.
JE SCHWA Schwanda, JC Sprinkles' First Haircut
Sprinkles is anxious about getting his first haircut, so Blue and his other friends go with him to the barbershop.
JE Seibold, J. Otto Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride
Mr. Lunch, a canine bird-chaser extraordinaire, takes his first plane ride and finds adventure in the skies.
JE SLEGE Slegers, Liesbet Kevin Goes to School
At first Kevin doesn't want his mom to leave him on his first day of school, but soon he begins to enjoy himself.
JE SLEGE Slegers, Liesbet Kevin Goes to the Hospital
Bold graphics, friendly faces and a toddler's-eye view make Kevin a must for little ones just beginning to explore and understand their world.
JE SLEGE Slegers, Liesbet Kevin Spends the Night
Bold graphics, friendly faces and a toddler's-eye view make Kevin a must for little ones just beginning to explore and understand their world.
JE SLEGE Slegers, Liesbet Kevin Takes a Trip
JE SMEE Smee, Nicola Freddie Gets a Haircut
JE SOMAN Soman, David Ladybug Girl at the Beach
Lulu, who likes to wear a ladybug costume, goes to the beach for the first time and makes sand castles, flies kites, and deals with her fear of the ocean.
JE Sorensen, Henri Your First Step
Describes the first steps of a baby, as well as the activities of many different animals in other places around the world, all happening at the very same moment.
JE WARDL Wardlaw, Lee First Steps
JE WHYBR Whybrow, Ian Harry and the Dinosaurs Say "Raahh!"
A young boy takes his toy dinosaurs with him to help calm his fears on his first visit to the dentist.
JE ZALBE Zalben, Jane Beni's First Wedding
When a friend of the family announces that he is getting married and asks him to be his page boy, Beni experiences his first Jewish wedding.
JER Gold, Rebecca Camp Out
Chuckie does not know what to expect and has many fears when he goes on his first camping trip with his friends.
JER GUEST Guest, Elissa Haden Iris and Walter, the Sleepover
Iris's first sleepover at her friend Walter's house ends early when Iris gets homesick and wants to go home.
JER JOYCE Joyce, Melanie At the Dentist
Fred takes Jess on her first visit to the dentist, and volunteers to let her watch his examination first.
JER JOYCE Joyce, Melanie First Plane Trip
Fred enjoys his first ride on a plane when he goes to visit his Uncle George.
JER JUNOR Junor, Amy My First Ballet Recital
JER LUONG Luongo, Jane Jake's First Word
Big sister assists in getting her little brother to talk.
JER REISN Reisner, Molly Dora's First Trip
Join Dora as she goes exploring for the first time!
JER SCHAE Schaefer, Lola Loose Tooth
A young boy wakes up one morning to find he has his very first loose tooth. But no matter what he does, it won't come out.
JER VANLE Van Leeuwen, Jean Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth
When Amanda Pig has her first loose tooth, she is reluctant to pull it.
JER WARNE Warner, Gertrude Chandler Benny's Boxcar Sleepover
Benny is excited about having his first sleepover, but he and his friends are a little bit scared, too.
J HOLAB Holabird, Katharine The Best Sleepover Ever!
When her first sleepover falls the night before an important dance audition, Angelina confides in her diary that staying up late and eating junk food may not be the best activities for aspiring ballerinas.
J MCAUL McAuley, Rowan Sleep-over!
It's Olivia's very first sleepover. She's super-excited and worried. A hundred different things could go wrong, all of them totally embarrassing! Olivia doesn't want to let her best friend down. BUT -- maybe she should just stay home?
J PARK Park, Barbara Junie B.,First Grader: Toothless Wonder
Junie B. Jones learns some interesting things about the Tooth Fairy when she becomes the first student in Room One to lose an upper tooth.
J WEBER Weber, Susan Bartlett Opening Day
Having taken a hunter education course and gotten a license, Sam feels ready for his first hunting trip with his best friend Eric and Eric's father, but once he gets close to a deer he is not certain he wants to shoot one.
J YEP Yep, Laurence Skunk Scout
Teddy is not thrilled with the present his uncle gives him for his tenth birthday--a camping trip for him and his younger brother…

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

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