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Booklist: Only Child

Collected from the goodnightmoon January 2015:

Picture Books

Annunziata, Jane. Why Am I an Only Child? (Magination, 1998) 5*
Because Eudora, a little rhino, is an only child, she tries to talk her parents into giving her a brother or sister so that she will no longer be lonely.

Bertrand, Cecile. Mr. and Mrs. Smith Have Only One Child, But What a Child! (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1992 – Out of Print) 5
Ursula is an only child, but she is “worth ten of any other” in her parents’ eyes.

Best, Cari. What’s So Bad About Being an Only Child? (Farrar, Straus, 2007 / Out of Print) 52
Rosemary Emma Angela Lynette Isabel Iris Malone grows tired of being an only child, but eventually finds a way to feel less alone.

Byrne, Gayle. Sometimes Just One is Just Right. (Abbeville Kids, 2013) 31
An only child describes the good and bad side of having no siblings, comparing his life especially to that of his cousin Nico, who has two brothers and a sister.

DePaola, Tomie. Now One Foot, Now the Other. (Putnam, 1981) 156
When his grandfather suffers a stroke, Bobby teaches him to walk, just as his grandfather had once taught him.

Krantz, Linda. Only One You. (Rising Moon, 2006) 23
Adri promises to remember his parents’ words of wisdom about how to live his life, such as “Find your own way. You don’t have to follow the crowd” and “Make wishes on the stars in the nighttime sky.

Leman, Kevin. My Only Child, There’s No One Like You. (Revell, 2005) 6
Mama Bear shows just how special her little cub is by pointing out all of his special qualities and Only Cub knows that he is, indeed, loved.

Lindenbaum, Pija. 9780873589017. (R&S Books, 2004 – Out of Print) 19
Tells the story of Bridget who is tired of being an only child, but when she decides to try out as brothers some moose she finds sitting outside her building, she finds they don’t turn out to be the sort of siblings she had in mind.

Roth, Carol. Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night. (North South, 1999) 70
Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he cannot sleep, so he asks his friends Squirrel, Skunk, Porcupine, Bear, and Owl if he can stay with them, only to discover that his own bed is best.

Seuss, Dr. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket. (Beginner Books, 1974) 304
?A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words.

Seuss, Dr. Wacky Wednesday. (Beginner Books, 1974) 155
?Drawings and verse point out the many things that are wrong one wacky Wednesday.

Shyer, Marlene Fanta. Here I Am, An Only Child. (Scribner, 1985) 16
A child presents the pros and cons of being an only child.

Smith, Wendy. The Lonely, Only Mouse. (Viking, 1986 – Out of Print) 6
A mouse who longs for a brother finds out how good life is as an only child when Cousin Charlie comes to visit.

Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny. (Hyperion, 2004) 227
A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

Winter, Ariel S. One of a Kind. (Aladdin, 2012) 11
Lysander Singleton tries his best to fit in at Twin Oaks Elementary, where all students are twins except him, but on the day of the Twindividuation contest his experience as an only child gives him a competitive edge.

Chapter Books

Glatt, Lisa and Greenberg, Suzanne. Abigail Iris: The One and Only (Walker, 2009) 55
Abigail Iris thinks she would rather be an only child but after going on vacation with her best friend, who is an “Only,” she realizes there are benefits of being one of many.

Warner, Sally. Only Emma. (Viking, 2005) 91
Third-grader Emma’s peaceful life as an only child is disrupted when she has to temporarily share her tidy bedroom with four-year-old Anthony Scarpetto, a bona fide “pain in the patootie.”

* Number of holdings in ReQuest

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