Bestselling Early Learning Books for 1 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling early learning books for 1 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: May 04, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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The #1 New York Times bestseller

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

And don’t forget! Crunch, vroom, beep, yawn and snore along with Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site SOUND BOOK. Available now.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

2. Peek-A Who?

by: Nina Laden
Release date: Feb 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 10
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Colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what’s peeking through the die-cut windows in these two fun board books. The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep youngsters guessing and giggling all the way to the suprise endings.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

3. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (A Five Little Monkeys Story)

by: Eileen Christelow
Release date: Jul 31, 2012
Number of Pages: 30
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As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

4. My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: First Words (My 1st T&F Picture Cards)

by: DK
Release date: Dec 05, 2005
Number of Pages: 16
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These sixteen colorful flashcards with tactile elements are perfect for giving toddlers a head start in developing early language skills. The set is packaged in a sturdy box with an adhesive closure.

Featuring subjects that babies love including toys, food, and clothing, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: First Words contain photographs and textures on the front of the cards to keep young children engaged, while the back of the cards have related questions for additional talking points. In addition to English, each card includes pronunciations in Spanish, French, German and Chinese.  A parents’ guide that contains ideas for simple and advanced games to enhance the learning experience rounds out the package. 

With more titles available including Animals, Things That Go, and Colors & Shapes, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards often are recommended by speech language pathologists for building receptive and expressive language skills in children with speech delays.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Vocabulary & Spelling

5. My Very First Book of Colors

by: Eric CarleEric Carle
Release date: May 19, 2005
Number of Pages: 20
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What color is a bluebird? Easy to answer, but even easier when you have thecolor to match it with. Find the color in the top half of a page that matches the picture on the bottom half. From pink flowers to purple grapes, this colorful book is full of fun and surprises. Children will love solving these color puzzles featuring Eric Carle’s bold and vibrant artwork.
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Children’s Books > Children’s Cookbooks

6. Merry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give…)

by: Laura NumeroffFelicia Bond
Release date: Sep 25, 2007
Number of Pages: 24
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Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he decorates his Christmas tree in a holiday counting adventure.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for toddlers, who will enjoy this simple introduction to numbers.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

7. My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: Animals (My 1st T&F Picture Cards)

by: DK
Release date: Dec 05, 2005
Number of Pages: 16
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These sixteen colorful flashcards with tactile elements are perfect for giving toddlers a head start in developing early language skills. The set is packaged in a sturdy box with an adhesive closure.

Featuring animals that babies love including puppies, kittens, and bunnies, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: Animals contain photographs and textures on the front of the cards to keep young children engaged, while the back of the cards have related questions for additional talking points. In addition to English, each card includes pronunciations in Spanish, French, German and Chinese.  A parents’ guide that contains ideas for simple and advanced games to enhance the learning experience rounds out the package. 

With more titles available including First Words, Things That Go, and Colors & Shapes, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards often are recommended by speech language pathologists for building receptive and expressive language skills in children with speech delays.

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Children’s Books > Animals

8. Big Red Barn

by: Margaret Wise BrownFelicia Bond
Release date: Jan 06, 1995
Number of Pages: 32
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By the big red barn
In the great green field,
There was a pink pig
Who was learning to squeal.

There were horses and sheep and goats and geese–and a jaunty old scarecrow leaning on his hoe. And they all lived together by the big red barn. In joyous and exuberant

Pictures, Felicia Bond lovingly evokes Margaret Wise Brown’s simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps.

In the barnyard there are roosters and cows, horses and goats, and a pink piglet who is learning to squeal. Margaret Wise Brown’s lulling story about a day in the life of a barnyard is now available as a sturdy board book. Felicia Bond’s atmospheric illustrations add to the tranquil simplicity of this story.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

9. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book

by: Beatrix Potter
Release date: Mar 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 12
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Finally, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is available in a colorful board book. This generously sized book tells Beatrix Potter’s famous tale of naughty Peter Rabbit’s adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Young children will be enchanted by the simple text and beautiful illustrations, which bring a classic story vibrantly to life. The board book format is sturdy and accessible, perfect for young readers, but adults will enjoy it too for bed-time read-aloud. As a board book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit will captivate children and offer them an early introduction to the world of Peter Rabbit and all his friends.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

10. Teeth Are Not for Biting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)

by: Elizabeth VerdickMarieka Heinlen
Release date: Apr 15, 2003
Number of Pages: 24
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“Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth are strong and sharp. Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth can help you chew. But teeth are not for biting. Ouch! Biting hurts.” Sooner or later, almost all young children will bite someone—a friend, a parent, a sibling. This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives.

The companion to our best-selling Hands Are Not for Hitting Board Book, Teeth Are Not for Biting gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when they’re hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention. Author Elizabeth Verdick suggests positive things children can do instead of biting: chew a chewy toy, drink a cold drink, get a hug, tell a grown-up. This book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

11. My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: Colors & Shapes (My 1st T&F Picture Cards)

by: DK
Release date: Dec 05, 2005
Number of Pages: 16
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These sixteen colorful flashcards with tactile elements are perfect for giving toddlers a head start in developing early language skills. The set is packaged in a sturdy box with an adhesive closure.

Featuring objects that babies love including blue fish, red apples, and pink hearts, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: Colors and Shapes contains photographs and textures on the front of the cards to keep young children engaged, while the back of the cards have related questions for additional talking points. In addition to English, each card includes pronunciations in Spanish, French, German and Chinese.  A parents’ guide that contains ideas for simple and advanced games to enhance the learning experience rounds out the package. 

With more titles available including Animals, Things That Go, and First Words, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards often are recommended by speech language pathologists for building receptive and expressive language skills in children with speech delays.

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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Colors

12. Do Cows Meow? (A Lift-the-Flap Book)

by: Salina Yoon
Release date: Sep 04, 2012
Number of Pages: 18
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Do cows sing? Do cows cuckoo? All I know is cows go . . . MOO! Simple, rhythmic, and lots of fun, this big, brightly illustrated board book will have kids happily imitating all kinds of animal “talk.” For each creature–including a sheep, duck, frog, and cat–a giant “mouth” flap lifts up to reveal a new animal sound that will surely inspire a symphony of baa-ing, ribbiting, and meowing. And, at the end, children can open two barnyard gates to see and say all the animal sounds again.
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Children’s Books > Animals

13. Tails

by: Matthew Van Fleet
Release date: Oct 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 20
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Tails are irresistible to toddlers, and in Matthew Van Fleet’s sturdy touch-and-feel board book, preschool-age pokers and prodders can finally tug to their heart’s content. Engaging, cartoonish animals from tigers to pangolins romp across the pages as the rhyming text bounces along: “Tails fluffy, / Tails stringy, / Scaled tails strong and—clingy!” Pull tabs, lift-able flaps, tufts of fur, and even a scratch-and-sniff skunk tail provide plenty of tactile surprises. Along the way, youngsters will learn about counting, opposites, and how animals use their tails. A tried and true tail-wagger!
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Children’s Books > Animals

14. Baby Touch and Feel: Trucks (Baby Touch & Feel)

by: DK
Release date: Feb 18, 2008
Number of Pages: 14
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Discover different types of trucks in this top-selling padded board book that encourages tiny fingers to explore through tactile learning and develop fine motor skills while building an early language foundation.
 
Filled with real-life photography featuring touch-and-feel textures, Baby Touch and Feel: Trucks is the perfect size for small hands. Its padded cover can withstand biting and throwing while its thick sturdy board pages won’t tear. With simple text and clear images, your baby will begin learning color and shape recognition. Visit a fire truck, look at a cement mixer, and check out other cool trucks.    
 
Perfect for the child obsessed with trucks, Baby Touch and Feel: Trucks puts you right next to the best trucks there are to see.
 
About the series:

Baby Touch and Feel books are the perfect series for the very youngest readers. These small, padded books excite babies and toddlers with their foil and touch-and-feel covers. Each book in this affordable series contains twelve vibrant interior pages with bold, engaging images. Containing large word labels, each page has foil or glitter to behold or a tantalizing texture to touch. These safe novelty textures immediately intrigue babies and are perfect for little fingers to feel. The Baby Touch and Feel series encourages sensory development, language skills, and early reading skills while teaching colors, shapes, patterns, and opposites.

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Children’s Books > Cars, Trains & Things That Go > Cars & Trucks

15. Calm-Down Time (Toddler Tools)

by: Elizabeth VerdickMarieka Heinlen
Release date: May 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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Every parent, caregiver—and toddler—knows the misery that comes with meltdowns and temper tantrums. Through rhythmic text and warm illustrations, this gentle, reassuring book offers toddlers simple tools to release strong feelings, express them, and calm themselves down. Children learn to use their calm-down place—a quiet space where they can cry, ask for a hug, sing to themselves, be rocked in a grown-up’s arms, talk about feelings, and breathe: “One, two, three . . . I’m calm as can be. I’m taking care of me.” After a break, toddlers will feel like new—and adults will, too. Books include tips for parents and caregivers.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Emotions & Feelings

16. My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards: Numbers and Counting (My 1st T&F Picture Cards)

by: DK
Release date: Dec 05, 2005
Number of Pages: 16
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These sixteen colorful flashcards with tactile elements are perfect for giving toddlers a head start in developing early language skills. The set is packaged in a sturdy box with an adhesive closure. 

Featuring objects that babies love including cars, balloons, and flowers, My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards: Numbers and Counting contains photographs and textures on the front of the cards to keep young children engaged, while the back of the cards have related questions for additional talking points. In addition to English, each card includes pronunciations in Spanish, French, German and Chinese.  A parents’ guide that contains ideas for simple and advanced games to enhance the learning experience rounds out the package. 

With more titles available including Animals, Things That Go, and Colors & Shapes, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards often are recommended by speech language pathologists for building receptive and expressive language skills in children with speech delays.

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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Counting

17. Gossie (Gossie & Friends)

by: Olivier Dunrea
Release date: Feb 12, 2007
Number of Pages: 16
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Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots—every day. One morning Gossie can’t find her beloved boots. She looks everywhere for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn. Preschoolers will enjoy helping Gossie find her red boots and delight in where Gossie finally finds them.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

18. The Very Lonely Firefly board book

by: Eric Carle
Release date: Jul 19, 1999
Number of Pages: 16
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A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

When a very lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies, it sees a lantern, a candle, and the eyes of a dog, cat, and owl all glowing in the darkness. It even sees a surprise celebration of light. But it is not until it discovers other fireflies that it finds exactly what it’s looking for–a surprise sure to bring smiles to anyone who turn the final page!

Lushly illustrated with Eric Carle’s trademark vibrant collage art, soothingly told with a gentle read-aloud rhythm, and complete with a surprise sure to “light up” children’s faces, The Very Lonely Firefly will fast become a storytime favorite. Read it with a flashlight in the dark or under the table–and watch those fireflies glow!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

19. Voices Are Not for Yelling (Best Behavior)

by: Elizabeth VerdickMarieka Heinlen
Release date: Mar 18, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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The toddler years are full of growth and smiles and sweetness—but also tantrums. With toddlers, yelling, screaming, wailing, and flailing are a normal part of life. Very young children don’t yet have the words to express strong feelings, and they’re still learning social skills. This board book helps little ones understand why it’s better to use an indoor voice—“so people hear the words and not the yelling”—and how to calm down and ask for help so they can get what they need. Also includes tips for parents and caregivers.

The Best Behavior series uses simple words and delightful full-color illustrations to guide children to choose peaceful, positive behaviors. Select titles are available in two versions: a durable board book for ages baby–preschool, and a longer, more in-depth paperback for ages 4–7. Kids, parents, and teachers love these award-winning books. All include helpful tips and ideas for parents and caregivers.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences

20. Biscuit’s Snowy Day

by: Alyssa Satin CapucilliPat SchoriesMary O’Keefe Young
Release date: Sep 27, 2005
Number of Pages: 16
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There is soft, powdery snow everywhere! It’s the perfect day for snow angels, sledding, and snuggling up with someone you love. Woof!

Ages 2 – 6

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

21. “More More More,” Said the Baby Board Book (Caldecott Collection)

by: Vera B. WilliamsVera B. Williams
Release date: Sep 22, 1997
Number of Pages: 34
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Here are
Little Guy,
Little Pumpkin,
and
Little Bird.

Their grownups
love them.
So will you.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Multigenerational

22. That’s Not My Panda. Written by Fiona Watt (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)

by: Fiona Watt
Release date: Oct 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 12
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A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers. A little, white mouse appears on every page, for children to spot.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

23. My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: Things That Go (My 1st T&F Picture Cards)

by: DK
Release date: Apr 16, 2007
Number of Pages: 16
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These sixteen colorful flashcards with tactile elements are perfect for giving toddlers a head start in developing early language skills. The set is packaged in a sturdy box with an adhesive closure.

Featuring objects that babies love including cars, busses, boats, hot air balloons, and more My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards: Things That Go contains photographs and textures on the front of the cards to keep young children engaged, while the back of the cards have related questions for additional talking points. In addition to English, each card includes pronunciations in Spanish, French, German and Chinese.  A parents’ guide that contains ideas for simple and advanced games to enhance the learning experience rounds out the package. 

With more titles available including Animals, First Words, and Colors and Shapes, My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards often are recommended by speech language pathologists for building receptive and expressive language skills in children with speech delays.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games > Card Games

24. Tabbed Board Books: My First Words: Let’s Get Talking! (Tab Board Books)

by: DK Publishing
Release date: Mar 17, 2008
Number of Pages: 28
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Help toddlers learn how to describe the exciting world around them in this tabbed picture book that leads children through 13 fun activity spreads.

Filled with clear photography and simple text, Tabbed Board Books: My First Words covers the the most popular preschool subjects, including things that go, colors, animals, and more to help get them talking.

Perfect for learning about all the things around them and durable enough for toddlers to handle, Tabbed Board Books: My First Words promotes early reading, listening, and writing skills.

The toddler-tough tabbed pages of the books in this series are filled with little ones’ favorite topics waiting to be discovered. Thirteen inviting picture tabs lead children to fun-filled, activity-themed spreads, and each page offers a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities that promote early reading and writing skills.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Vocabulary & Spelling

25. Do Crocs Kiss? (A Lift-the-Flap Book)

by: Salina Yoon
Release date: Sep 04, 2012
Number of Pages: 18
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Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go . . . SNAP! This novelty board book, with fun text and colorful illustrations, features adorable lions, tigers, and bears, as well as the snappy title reptile and other favorite creatures. Kids will happily lift the flap on each big animal “mouth” to discover what sound it makes. For a grand finale, all the animals appear together peering out from behind two gatefolds, so children can sneak a peek and say all the sounds again!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Reptiles & Amphibians

26. Merry Christmas, Ollie board book (Gossie & Friends)

by: Olivier Dunrea
Release date: Sep 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 30
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The special Gossie & Friends Christmas story, now available in a board book edition.
It’s Christmas Eve. Gossie and Gertie hang their brightly colored boots in the barn.Peedie and BooBoo hang their striped stockings in the barn. Ollie stomps through the snow. They are all waiting . . . but it’s not easy to wait for Father Christmas Goose!
This beautiful board book features sparkly red foil on the cover—a real Christmas
treat!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

27. Listening Time (Toddler Tools)

by: Elizabeth VerdickMarieka Heinlen
Release date: Nov 15, 2008
Number of Pages: 24
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“Put away the wiggles. Put away the giggles. Listening works better when your body’s calm and still.” When it’s time for young children to listen closely, this book sets the tone. They discover that it’s important to open their eyes and ears but to close their mouths (“zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket”) so good listening can begin.

An award-winning author/illustrator team offers a fresh look at the times and transitions all toddlers face daily, giving young children the tools to handle routines with confidence and cooperation.

Part of the Toddler Tools series, Listening Time can be shared before (or during) the desired “time,” or whenever toddlers need encouragement with routines. Includes tips for parents and caregivers.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Manners

28. This Little Piggy: A Hand-Puppet Board Book (Little Scholastic)

by: ScholasticJill AckermanMichelle Berg
Release date: Jul 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 6
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From Little Scholastic comes this innovative and interactive hand-puppet board book for babies and toddlers.
Ages: 0-2.

Parent and child can follow the five little pigs as they go to the market by playing and touching the five finger puppets on this velour hand-puppet board book.

Introducing Little Scholastic, a developmental publishing program of interactive books created exclusively to give babies and toddlers a head start in learning.
Every book includes:

*Interactive components * High color contrast * Rhyming, repetitive, or predictable text * Familiar subjects and surroundings * Simple concepts * Distinct leveling between teh ages of 0-3 years.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

29. My Very First Book of Numbers

by: Eric CarleEric Carle
Release date: Jan 19, 2006
Number of Pages: 20
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Can you tell how many cherries there are? How many apples? In the brilliantly colorful My Very First Book of Numbers, children can find the number of fruits in the bottom half of a page that matches the number of boxes and numerals in the top half. This new, bilingual edition will also allow them to match English and Spanish words for each. Children will love solving the puzzles of this clever, vibrant book.
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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Counting

30. Animal Kisses (A Touch and Feel Book)

by: Barney Saltzberg
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 14
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Do you like scratchy cat kisses? Or do you prefer squeaky pig kisses? How about a velvety cow kiss?
Kids will adore puckering up to Barney Saltzberg’s irresistible menagerie of animals with fuzzy, sticky, and rubbery mouths just waiting for big smooches.
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Children’s Books > Animals

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