Stripes of All Types, by Susan Stockdale

Take a budding zoologist on a tour of the world’s striped animals. Rose Cappelli, a reading specialist and vice president of the Keystone Reading Association, a Pennsylvania organization that promotes literacy, recommends Stripes of All Types for its “bold, colorful illustrations” and the lyrical accompanying text, which features lots of rhyming and alliteration, making it easy for young kids to follow. There’s also extra information on the animals and a matching game in the back of the book. For ages 4 to 6.

To buy: $16,