Bestselling Early Learning Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling early learning books for 4 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. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)

by: Bill Martin Jr.John ArchambaultLois Ehlert
Release date: Aug 28, 2012
Number of Pages: 36
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The complete edition of the bestselling children’s favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, is now available as a Classic Board Book!

A told B
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”
     When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?
Of course there is always enough room for this rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for more than twenty years! Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault’s rhythmic text keeps the beat with Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bold, cheerful art. This winning combination has created a series of enduring Chicka Chicka favorites, and now, for the first time ever, the complete edition of the original Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story is available as a Classic Board Book. With sturdy pages and rounded corners, this portable edition of an irresistible alphabet romp will delight a new generation of young readers.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

2. Love You Forever

by: Robert MunschSheila McGraw
Release date: Sep 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 32
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A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French)

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Children’s Books > Classics

3. Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book

by: Karen KatzKaren Katz
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 14
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Karen Katz’s adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.

“Where are Baby’s hands? Under the bubbles!”

“Where are baby’s eyes? Under her hat!”

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

4. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman

by: Jeffrey BurtonSanja Rescek
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 16
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A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime!

The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town,
looking at the snowflakes softly falling down.
Out came his friends to lend a happy hand.
And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland.

Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

5. OLD MACDONALD’S FARM (Poke-A-Dot!)

by: IKids
Release date: Sep 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 20
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Once you start popping, there’s just no stopping! These fun, tactile books help kids learn to count–without losing count! Raised buttons pop in on every page so kids can press them as they count in this casebound book with ten spreads and 30 poke-able dots. How many animals does Old MacDonald have on his farm? Count them all with this one-of-a-kind “”””pop-at-tronic”””” book. This poke-able popping dots book lets kids keep track of how many animals are on each page. It’s a great way to learn to count to ten!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

6. Boynton’s Greatest Hits: Volume 1/Blue Hat, Green Hat; A to Z; Moo, Baa, La La La!; Doggies (Boynton Board Books)

by: Sandra BoyntonSandra Boynton
Release date: Oct 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 50
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The ultimate set for Boynton fans, here are four of her seriously silly bestselling board books in their own sturdy boxed set. Full-color illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Animals

7. Potty Book for Girls, The

by: Alyssa Satin CapucilliDorothy Stott
Release date: May 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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Every little girl’s graduation from diapers to the potty is always a very important moment–and one to make both parents and toddlers proud! In The Potty Book, Hannah needs to have her diapers changed so she can go out and play. Then mom and dad bring home a big box, and Hannah is anxious to open it up and see what’s inside. Is it a rocking chair? A bed for Teddy? No, it’s a potty–which means that it’s time for Hannah to graduate from her diapers. This gentle and humorous little story is charmingly illustrated and told in verse. Little girls will enjoy looking at the pictures and having the story read to them. Meanwhile, they’ll start getting the idea that it’s time for them to grow up, exactly like Hannah. So that at last, they’ll be able to say–“I’m off the potty!”
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Toilet Training

8. Pinkalicious Phonics Box Set (My First I Can Read)

by: Victoria KannVictoria Kann
Release date: Jun 23, 2015
Number of Pages: 144
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Make your phonics skills pinkaperfect with this phonics box set from #1 New York Times bestselling author and artist Victoria Kann!

Reviewed by a phonics expert, these twelve short full-color books feature repeated examples of short and long vowel sounds and common sight words. Each of the simple stories in this box set is designed to teach kids how to master reading while having fun with Pinkalicious.

Phonics teaches children the relationship between letters and the sounds they make. A child who has mastered these relationships has an excellent foundation for learning to read and spell. According to the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, a child who has learned phonics has a method to recognize familiar words and “decode” unfamiliar ones. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

9. Pete the Cat Storybook Collection: 7 Groovy Stories!

by: James DeanJames Dean
Release date: Jun 21, 2016
Number of Pages: 192
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New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a cool collection of seven of the grooviest Pete the Cat stories out there—Play Ball!, Construction Destruction, Pete’s Big Lunch, Cavecat Pete, Pete at the Beach, Robo-Pete, and Too Cool for School.

The Pete the Cat Storybook Collection comes in a vibrant and durable paper-over-board format that’s perfect for young fans of the most awesome cat around—Pete.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

10. Waiting

by: Kevin HenkesKevin Henkes
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor Book

What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Waiting is a big part of childhood—waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen—but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s extraordinary career.

“The short sentences of the text flow with the precision one would expect from a master picture-book creator like Henkes. Little ones, to whom each experience is new, will know what it’s like to dream and wait.”—ALA Booklist

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

11. The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer

by: Jeffrey BurtonSanja Rescek
Release date: Sep 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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A merry Christmas twist on the favorite nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

The itsy bitsy reindeer worked up in Santa’s shop,
helping the elves to do their Christmas job.
Building the toys and singing songs of joy,
as they wrapped all of the presents for every girl and boy.

The itsy bitsy reindeer spreads holiday cheer as he helps Santa’s Workshop get ready for Christmas. Little ones will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

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Children’s Books > Animals

12. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts)

by: Jo WitekChristine Roussey
Release date: Oct 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.
I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast,
I feel as if I could take off into the sky.
This is when my heart is happy.
Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.
          The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Emotions & Feelings

13. Baby Touch and Feel: Puppies and Kittens (Baby Touch & Feel)

by: Dorling Kindersley
Release date: Sep 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 14
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Meet adorable puppies and kittens in this top-selling board book that encourages tiny fingers to explore and helps develop fine motor skills while building an early language foundation.
 
Filled with real-life puppy and kitty photographs that feature touch-and-feel textures that babies can stroke, tickle, and touch, Baby Touch and Feel: Puppies and Kittens is the perfect size for small hands. Its padded cover can withstand biting and throwing while its thick sturdy board pages won’t tear. Your baby can practice animal recognition and perfect animal noises while touching the novelty textures on the pages.   
 
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 > Animals > Cats

14. Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise

by: Don FreemanLisa McCue
Release date: Sep 25, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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Christmas is coming, and Corduroy has a list of gifts he’d like from Santa-until he discovers the true meaning of Christmas is not about train sets and ice skates, but about good friends. Celebrate the season with Corduroy in this Christmas story that is sure to be a holiday read-aloud favorite.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

15. Colors and Shapes Flash Cards (Brighter Child Flash Cards)

by: Brighter Child
Release date: Mar 15, 2006
Number of Pages: 54
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Brighter Child(R) Colors & Shapes Flash Cards offer children a fun and easy way to practice their colors and shapes. The set features 54 cards that help reinforce colors, early geometry, and reading readiness skills. Charming full-color illustrations help to engage children, and a special card also offers creative game ideas designed to reinforce learning.

The popular Brighter Child® Flash Cards give children a fun and easy way to practice important skills. Offering 24 titles encompassing preschool to grade 5, each title focuses on an important subject including early concepts, math, phonics, and U.S. History. Fun game ideas and learning suggestions are included to help children build proficiency and confidence. Game cards also allow children to develop thinking, decision-making, turn-taking, and social skills while playing fun games at the same time.

Select titles are also available in English-Spanish and Spanish-only versions.

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

16. Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Tish RabeAristides Ruiz
Release date: Aug 26, 2003
Number of Pages: 48
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The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick for a ride through the human body where they visit the right and left sides of the brain, meet the Feletons from far off Fadin (when they stand in the sun you can see through their skin), scuba dive through the blood system, follow food and water through the digestive tract, and a whole lot more!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

17. If You Give a Moose a Muffin

by: Laura NumeroffFelicia Bond
Release date: Sep 30, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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Moose makes his debut in this picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give… series!

If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it. When he’s eaten all your muffins, he’ll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix.

In this hilarious sequel to the beloved If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Young readers will delight in the comic complications that follow when a little boy entertains a gregarious moose.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

18. Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Oct 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 24
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Everybody sing along—because it’s time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton’s twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet. For ages 0-4.
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Arts & Photography > Music

19. 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

20. Belly Button Book (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Apr 18, 2005
Number of Pages: 24
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Featuring a beachful of bare-bellied hippos—including one tiny baby who can only say “Bee Bo”—the Belly Button Book is a quirky addition to the phenomenally successful Boynton on Board series. Every page captivates with Sandra Boynton’s inimitable illustrations and joyful rhyming text:

Soon after dark, upon the beach, we sing a hippo song, and if you’re feeling in the mood, we hope you’ll sing along: “Belly Belly Button, you’re oh so fine. Ooo, Belly Button, I’m so happy you’re mine.”

Shiny and sturdy, and featuring a great (navel-shaped, naturally) die-cut cover, the Belly Button Book provides enduring, giggly, read-aloud fun.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

21. The Construction Alphabet Book

by: Jerry PallottaRob Bolster
Release date: Jul 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Smash! Crash! Ka-boom!

A is for Aerial lift.
B is for Backhoe.
C is for Cement Mixer.

Readers explore construction equipment in this noisy alphabet book. Jerry Pallotta’s trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

22. Steam Train, Dream Train

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: Apr 16, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!
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Children’s Books > Animals

23. Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book

by: Calliope GlassCaitlin KennedyKatie Cook
Release date: Jun 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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Experience the ABC’s like never before
With galactic friends who are hardly a bore.
From Akbar to Zeb, this nice little primer
Will teach you and make you an excellent rhymer.
So, Padawans, prepare, get ready, get set
To learn the ways of the Force–and the alphabet!
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

24. The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)

by: Mike BerenstainStan BerenstainJan Berenstain
Release date: Sep 28, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Should Sister Bear ignore the new girl at school just because her friends do? The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule shows children how choosing to be kind may not always be the easy choice. But it is always the right one.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

25. Pajama Time! (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Apr 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Pajama Time! is a good-night book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create.

A jump-roping chicken and a pig on a swing. A Scottie in plaid pajamas and an elephant in a fuzzy one-piece with feet. And in sing-along nuttiness reminiscent of Barnyard Dance!, it’s time to head to bed-to the beat: Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J! Everybody’s wearing them for dancing tonight. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J!

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Children’s Books > Animals

26. Dog Heaven

by: Cynthia Rylant
Release date: Sep 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 40
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In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant’s classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog. Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world, Dog Heaven not only comforts but also brings a tear to anyone who is devoted to a pet. From expansive fields where dogs can run and run to delicious biscuits no dog can resist, Rylant paints a warm and affectionate picture of the ideal place God would, of course, create for man’s best friend. The first picture book illustrated by the author, Dog Heaven is enhanced by Rylant’s bright, bold paintings that perfectly capture an afterlife sure to bring solace to anyone who is grieving.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

27. Olive, the Other Reindeer

by: Vivian WalshJ.otto SeiboldJ.otto Seibold
Release date: Oct 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 40
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Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

28. Snuggle Puppy (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: May 22, 2003
Number of Pages: 24
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A great big hug in book form, Snuggle Puppy is a year-round valentine from parent to child. It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it’s even opened. Best of all, it’s packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun.

OOO, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you. Featuring a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming verse, Snuggle Puppy is the perfect bedtime book to read last, because of an ending that kids will want again and again: I started with OOO. . . . Now we’ll end like this: [BIG SMOOCH!]

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

29. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Oct 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 24
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Sunbathing dinosaurs and artistic dinosaurs, dancing dinosaurs and volleyball-playing dinosaurs make learning opposites fun! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of extra-big, extra-fat, extra-appealing board books, Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! features the inimitable Sandra Boyntonís colorful, humorous drawings and lively text.

Dinosaurs EARLY.
Dinosaurs LATER.
Dinosaurs crammed in an elevator.
Dinosaurs PLUMP.
Dinosaurs LEAN.
Dinosaurs RED, BLUE, YELLOW, and GREEN.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

30. Simple First Words Let’s Talk

by: Roger Priddy
Release date: Sep 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 22
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By pressing the buttons and matching the sounds to the pictures again and again, children will quickly and easily learn simple first words and develop their speech. Now with even clearer audio!

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

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