Learning the Alphabet:
Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak (part of The Nutshell Library by: Maurice Sendak, a 4 mini book set with 3 of the titles in this list: One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak, Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak, and Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak.): Maurice Sendak is a favorite in our house and you can't go wrong with this book! Funny pictures and words to go along with each letter of the alphabet!
Big Thoughts for Little People by: Kenneth N. Taylor - This book offers fun interactive activities to help your child learn the alphabet, and also comes with scripture and Biblical values to share. There is also now an app to go with this amazing book! Tap on the picture to be taken to my review on the app, and a place to download letters A, B and C in iTunes.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by: Joseph Slate: Follow along all the animal children of Miss Bindergarten's class as they all prepare for the first day of Kindergarten! It is a cute rhyming book and in the back is a yearbook photo of the class with the beginning letter of the type of animal and also the animal's name in the story.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by: Bill Martin Jr.: Chase the letters up the coconut tree with this classic book and see what adventure they get into. Plus, think about how much fun it is to say Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with your kids :)
The Mixed-Up Alphabet by: Steve Metzger: Have you ever had your child or a student ask why the alphabet is in the order that it is in? This book is a fun way to see all the letters get mixed up and put back together in the right order again.
Curious George's ABCs by: H.A. Rey: My boys love Curious George! This book is full of animals and things with letter shapes, and the names of what the item or animal is.
Learning about Colors:
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by: James Dean: The Pete the Cat series are a hoot and this one is wonderful to see how hard it is for Pete to keep his nice shoes clean!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by: Bill Martin Jr.: This book gives you the words of Bill Martin Jr. and the illustrations of Eric Carle, which is a dynamic combination! It uses repetition of words and the beautiful pictures to help children truly see what color the animals are and what they are learning about.
Color Train, Color Train by: Martin Kelly: This is a "Pull-the-Ribbon" book and there are various colored ribbons throughout the book so your child can see and touch the color. It also shows colors of other items on each page.
Miss Bindergarten and the Best Friends by: Joseph Slate: Meet up Miss Bindergaten and her class again as best friends learn colors through items that they have in common.
I am a Rainbow by: Dolly Parton: This book has bright and vivid pictures of all the colors of the rainbow and is visually appealing to read.
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague: This has been a favorite since the boys were babies. All the How Do Dinosaurs books are amazing, and this one goes over the dinosaurs having fun with colors.
Learning how to Count:
One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak (part of The Nutshell Library by: Maurice Sendak, a 4 mini book set with 3 of the titles in this list: One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak, Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak, and Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak.): This book allows you and your child to enjoy all the funny moments with little Johnny as the items in his house start at 1 and go to 10, and then count backwards from 10 to 1 as all the items go away.
Roar! A Noisy Counting Book by: Pamela Duncan Edwards: I am just realizing now how many books that have an animal theme to them but again this is one that won't disappoint! Roar along and get loud with learning to count!
Over in the Meadow by: Ezra Jack Keats - I started reading this book to my oldest when he was about two years old, and it is still a favorite for both of my boys. There are beautiful illustrationss of Mama animals with their young, and how many there are.
The Great Cake by: Sherry Gerstein: My stepsister gave us this book and my youngest loves it! The animal friends are throwing their friend a surprise birthday party and they each put an ingredient into the cake for the party, and it shows the number and also the number of dots represented by that number on the page.
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by: Eric Carle: Eric Carle is another favorite author of ours. This book is great for young learners because it is only pictures and there are no words. There are just exquisite illustrations of animals, and the children count along with you of how many animals are on each page.
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague: Come along with the dinosaurs and see how they love on all their objects while counting to ten!
Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak (part of The Nutshell Library by: Maurice Sendak, a 4 mini book set with 3 of the titles in this list: One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak, Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak, and Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak.): This is another book with little Johnny in it and you get to read what happens in each month and season, and how chicken soup with rice always makes it in!
Dinosaur Pet by: Neil Sedeka: This book comes with an audio CD of the song and you can read the book to your child, and then listen to the upbeat song and dance! It goes over the months of the year as it tells the story of how much this dinosaur pet is loved.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle: Discover the fun of seeing how much this caterpillar eats during the days of the week, and what he ends up becoming at the end of the story!
Learning about Time:
The Grouchy Ladybug by: Eric Carle: I love how this book has little clocks on the side of the page that show you what time it is as you follow this grouchy little ladybug!
Midnight Fright by: Kathryn Heling: This is an awesome book for Halloween as well but each page the clock gets closer and closer to midnight and you get to change the face of the clock on the cover of the book!
What Time is it, Mr. Crocodile? by: Judy Sierra: Follow Mr. Crocodile and his silly monkey friends as they count down each hour, and see the adventures they get into before bedtime.
Me Counting Time:From Seconds to Centuries by: Joan Sweeney This is such a fun book that makes it easy for kids to start to understand time fragments such as seconds, minutes, hours and how it can relate to days, weeks, years and beyond.
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