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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Concept Books

 


2011 Award
Shout! Shout it Out!
(Denise Fleming, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

Kids do love to shout and in this "knowing and naming" book, Fleming invites them to do exactly that. She starts with colorful numerals that kids are invited to shout the nnames of as you point. She moves on from there to the letters of the alphabet, colors, and finally animals. Kids that know these things will find it fun, no doubt to shout them out. Those who are still unsure will gain from the repetition and no doubt enjoy shouting what they do know. Though adults may want earplugs, kids love any excuse to shout and this one is just right for storytime sharing in class, library or home.

Play It!
Now Hear This!

Tell the players that you are going to clap out a number. They must wait till you put your hands down before they can shout it out. The first person to guess your number gets to clap next. With older players you can do simple math facts by clapping out 2 pause 2..players must shout out 2 + 2 is 4.

Things That Go Together
Play a fast round of things that go together. A leader begins the game by thinking of two things that go together, such as salt and pepper. The leader says "Salt" the first person to say "Pepper" becomes the leader. You can play a variation of this with opposites. The leader says one word and someone must shout out the opposite, as in yes/no or high/low.

           A few years ago we published several books with suggested books and follow-up games that extend the book experience. One collection Read It Play It is for playing with babies and toddlers. The other is for preschool and early school years children. We also did a collection in Spanish, featuring books that were in Spanish or were bilingual.

Click here to buy Read It! Play It!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
One Drowsy Dragon
(by Ethan Long, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Poor dragon is so tired, but there's a den of little dragons that keeps growing louder and bigger and keeping him from sleep. This is a zany counting book with a cast that keeps growing and keeping a very drowsy dragon from getting his shut-eye. Fun you can count on without any mean-spirited dragons doing dreadful things.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Lyle Walks the Dogs, A Counting Book
(by Bernard Waber/ illus. by Paulis Waber, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

Welcome back Lyle, everyone's favorite crocodile. In this counting book, Lyle has taken up dog walking and on each turn of the page he has another dog that joins the day's walk. There's not a lot of story here, but the counting is simple enough for beginners and ends on a happy note. Illustrated by Bernard Waber's daughter, Paulis, for whom the first Lyle book was dedicated many years ago.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots
(by Ellen Olson-Brown/ illustrated by Christine Eng, Tricycle Press $14.99 Score:)

For knowing and naming the clothes we wear, this zippy little book has a lots to look at, a simple rhyming text and pages that flip to put on those wonderful polka-dot boots. A multi-cultural cast of kids add to the fun. 2-5.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
LMNO Peas
(by Keith Baker, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:)

A cast of little green peas build, climb, camp, and race through all the letters in the alphabet. There are lots of small details to pour over in this action packed alphabet. The big bold letters are shown in caps on the pages, but the words that match the letters are written in lower case. What the peas do is told in rhyme, such as: "We're gardeners, gigglers, givers and takers. We're hikers, inventors, and investigators." The language is more appropriate for older preschoolers and early grade children. In fact, they might be inspired (with a little nudge) to make their own versions of this book, activating a batch of peas with the letters of the alphabet or maybe they will switch to carrots or some very active cherry tomatoes.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Teddy Bear Counting
(by Barbara B. McGrath/ illus. by Tim Nihoff, Charlesbridge $16.95 Score:)

Both a color concept and counting book, this starts off easy and gets more complex as it moves along. After counting the bears from 1-2, they mix it up with sets of two, three and more. There are some equations written out that are likely to go over the heads of young students. McGrath finishes her book with the typical device of reducing the crowd as the story comes to a close. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
The Quiet Book
(by Deborah Underwood/ illus. by Renata Liwska, Houghton Mifflin $12.95 Score:)

Did you ever think of the many kinds of quiet? This charming little concept book is mossy green and the little creatures that tip toe though are illustrated in muted tones that match the gentle text. There are some amusing kinds of quiet, as in "thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall" or "making a wish quiet." A good book for getting children to dream up their own examples of quiet? This just may inspire some original books of quiet or how about noisy?  5-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Maisy's Toys/Los juguetes de Maisy
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $5.99 Score:)

One of a new series of bilingual knowing and naming books. If you are raising a bilingual child, your toddler can learn Spanish with Maisy. Familiar objects are illustrated in bold primary colors and ready for talking about in Spanish or English or both. There is no story here, just plenty of action as Maisy and her friends play ball, ride a trike, paint, and push their toy trucks about.  Also in the series of sturdy cardboard dual-language books, look for Maisy's Animals, Clothes, and Food. 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
When Lucy Goes Out Walking
(by Ashley Wolff, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

Learning the months of the year takes time. This charming book about a puppy’s first year is a good way to introduce or reinforce the names and order of the months. It is also a book that reflects the seasons as they are lived in the northern part of the country where snow is familiar. Ashley Wolff’s playful illustrations have a quiet charm. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
1 2 3
(by Simms Taback, Blue Apple and Chronicle $4.99 Score:)

Unlike so many counting books, this one really focuses on the beginning of counting from 1 to 3 and introducing the concept by touching the objects pictured. Designed for the youngest counters, this is printed on cardboard and is small in scale for little hands. This one to one relationship is different from the kind of rote counting that little children often do without understanding the meaning behind the words. As the book suggests at the end, there is no substitute for counting real things and while you’re at it…keep the number of things you count with beginners under five items.

 

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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