Bestselling Early Learning Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling early learning books for 5 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. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

by: Alice SchertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Sep 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!

With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of holiday warmth. Sturdy cardstock pages, a compact and child-friendly text, and flashing colored Christmas lights on the final page come together in a novelty gift book that’s sure to be the favorite treat of the season.
 

 
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

2. The Going-To-Bed Book

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Nov 30, 1982
Number of Pages: 14
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Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this special anniversary edition of a Sandra Boynton classic.

The sun has set not long ago.
Now everybody goes below
to take a bath in one big tub
with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!

This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

This anniversary edition has an enlarged trim size and metallic ink on the cover, making this Boynton classic even more special.

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Children’s Books > Humor

3. Press Here

by: Herve Tullet
Release date: Mar 30, 2011
Number of Pages: 56
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PRESS HERE, MIX IT UP! and now LET’S PLAY! Collect all three interactive books from Hervé Tullet!
Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) (Little Golden Book)

by: Rick BunsenGolden Books
Release date: Aug 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Children ages 3-6 will love to read this Little Golden Book retelling of the classic 1964 holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All of the other reindeer make fun of Rudolph and won’t let him play in their reindeer games because he’s different. But when Christmas is almost cancelled because of a huge snowstorm, Rudolph comes to the rescue with his wonderful shiny red nose.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

5. Baby Touch and Feel: Animals

by: DK
Release date: Jan 21, 2008
Number of Pages: 14
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This USA Today bestselling board book encourages tiny fingers to explore and develop fine motor skills while building an early language foundation. Babies will meet adorable puppies, kittens, penguins, and other animals throughout the pages of the book.

Filled with real-life animal photographs featuring touch-and-feel textures that help children develop their knowledge while increasing their use of senses, Baby Touch and Feel: Animals 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.   

With over one million copies sold, Baby Touch and Feel: Animals is the perfect book for your child’s bookshelf. 

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 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

6. 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

7. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train Board Books Boxed Set

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: Sep 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 66
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Two New York Times Best Sellers finally available as board books!
Even the roughest, toughest readers will want to turn off their engines and snuggle up with these sweet and soothing stories. Gentle rhyming text and vibrant art make these books surefire bedtime favorites for train- and construction-crazy kids everywhere.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

8. Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)

by: Margaret SutherlandSonja Lamut
Release date: Sep 11, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

9. Dinosaur Dance!

by: Sandra BoyntonSandra Boynton
Release date: Aug 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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A brand-new board book about dancing dinosaurs from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton!

ZANG! BOP!
KIDDLY POW!
The DINOSAUR DANCE
is starting NOW!

Join Boynton’s lively prehistoric bunch as they get everyone’s tails shaking for a feet-stomping good time. Whether they dance the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery Quake, or just decide to Cha-Cha-Cha, young readers are sure to giggle along with these adorable creatures that are ready for a ROARING good time!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

10. Trace Letters, Ages 3 – 5 (Big Skills for Little Hands®)

by: Brighter ChildCarson-Dellosa Publishing
Release date: Mar 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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In Trace Letters, your child will practice holding a pencil or crayon correctly while tracing each letter of the alphabet. Your child will develop the fine motor control needed for Kindergarten while also learning to recognize each letter and it’s sound!
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing

11. Phonics for Kindergarten, Grade K (Home Workbook)

by: Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Release date: Jan 04, 2010
Number of Pages: 64
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Build essential skills while having fun with Home Workbooks! Now updated with fun, colorful pages and engaging art, each book measures 7″ x 9.25″ and is filled with 64 pages of age-appropriate activities, puzzles, and games. These teacher-approved books are perfect for home, school, summer breaks, and road trips! Skills covered include beginning consonant sounds, short vowel sounds, sight word recognition, and more! An incentive chart and 140 full-color stickers are also included to help parents or teachers track student progress. Home Workbooks are available for prekindergarten through grade 3 students, and feature titles in a wide variety of skill areas to suit any need.

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

12. Hark! A Shark!: All About Sharks (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Bonnie WorthAristides RuizJoe Mathieu
Release date: Jan 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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In this latest installment of the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, the Cat introduces beginning readers to all kinds of sharks! From the smallest (the dwarf lantern) to the largest (the whale shark), the most notorius (the great white) to the most obscure (the goblin), the Cat explains why sharks have lots of teeth but no bones; how their tough skin helps them swim fast and stay clean (inspiring scientists–and bathing suit manufacturers!); how pores along the sides of their bodies help them sense prey; that they have more to fear from us than we do from them, and much, much more! Perfect for shark and Cat (in the Hat) fanciers, fans of the new PBS Kids preschool science show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! will sink their teeth into this new addition to the series!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

13. 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

14. Mix It Up!

by: Herve Tullet
Release date: Sep 16, 2014
Number of Pages: 56
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PRESS HERE, MIX IT UP! and now LET’S PLAY! Collect all three interactive books from Hervé Tullet!
Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

15. Trace Numbers, Ages 3 – 5 (Big Skills for Little Hands®)

by: Brighter ChildCarson-Dellosa Publishing
Release date: Mar 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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In Trace Numbers, your child will practice holding a pencil or crayon correctly and tracing over each number 0 to 25. Your child will develop the fine motor control needed for kindergarten while also learning numbers!
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Math

16. Dr. Seuss’s Second Beginner Book Collection

by: Dr. SeussRandom House
Release date: Sep 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 288
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Want to give a gift that will make a lasting impression? This boxed set of of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Oh Say Can You Say?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think!, and I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!—is perfect for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, it will be cherished by young and old alike. Begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime—with Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss!

And if you want to make a REALLY BIG impression, consider gifting this along with a copy of our first boxed set of Beginner Books, Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection. The two sets combined include all ten Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

17. Sesame Street: Elmo’s ABC Lift-the-Flap

by: Sesame Street
Release date: Jul 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 10
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Busy scenes, oodles of flaps, lots of labels, and beloved Sesame Street characters make learning the alphabet fun! More than 55 flaps teach kids their ABCs.

A is for apple. B is for ball. C is for cookie…and Cookie Monster! And F is for flaps—which kids will find plenty of in this book stuffed with surprising alphabetic words, rhymes, and riddles to discover! How many things can you find that start with the letter P? What objects are hiding behind the letter H? With more than 100 labels and 55 flaps to lift, learning the alphabet has never been so much fun!

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

18. 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

19. J Is for Jesus: The Sweetest Story Ever Told

by: Crystal BowmanClaudine Gevry
Release date: Sep 04, 2005
Number of Pages: 20
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I want a candy cane too! Everyone loves a candy cane-but it’s easy to overlook the meaning of this familiar Christmas tradition in all the hustle and bustle of the season. This sweet story reminds little ones that the candy cane represents Jesus’ birth and the gospel message too.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

20. 10 LITTLE MONKEYS (Poke-a-Dot!)

by: IKids
Release date: Sep 14, 2009
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. What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? How about a house full of `em? Kids will love poking the dots and hearing them pop as they learn to count down from ten in the favorite childhood rhyme “”””Ten Little Monkeys””””.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

21. 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

22. Hide-and-Go-Swim! (Bubble Guppies) (Nifty Lift-and-Look)

by: Random HouseMJ Illustrations
Release date: Jul 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 12
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The Bubble Guppies star in this big board book featuring over 30 flaps to lift! With sturdy pages and surprises under every flap, boys and girls ages 0 to 3 will love learning about colors, shapes, numbers, and more with Gil, Molly, Bubble Puppy, and their friends from the hit Nickelodeon TV series Bubble Guppies.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

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 Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffin Books)

by: Gloria HoustonBarbara Cooney
Release date: Oct 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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This unforgettable tale, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, has become a seasonal classic-a touching and joyful story about courage and the power of family.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

25. How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?

by: Jane YolenMark Teague
Release date: Aug 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 12
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The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their fourth original dinosaur board book, a fun guide to friendship and playing nicely with others.

What if a dinosaur’s friends come to play?
Does he mope, does he pout if he can’t get his way?
Does he hide all his dump trucks, refusing to share?
Does he throw his friends’ coloring books up in the air?

Time and time again, children are told to “play nice.” This brilliantly illustrated board book is packed with rhymes that will teach children how. Mark Teague’s laugh-aloud illustrations, along with Jane Yolen’s playful text, will show children that “playing nice” can be easy and fun. Perfect for parents to read aloud with their children, this book is as humorous as it is instructive.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

26. TouchThinkLearn: ABC

by: Xavier Deneux
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Using the same innovative production technique and brilliant aesthetic cheered by parents, educators, and children alike in the acclaimed TouchThinkLearn series, here is an alphabet that literally adds a new dimension to learning. Raised die-cut pieces nestled in mirroring indented cut-outs engage readers on both visual and tactile levels. An impressive gift, this exquisitely executed design object is above all else a fabulously fun and educationally essential alphabet book.
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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Alphabet

27. The Thanksgiving Story

by: Alice DalglieshHelen Sewell
Release date: Sep 01, 1985
Number of Pages: 32
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In this festive Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, Alice Dalgiesh brings to life the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday for readers of all ages.

Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins are all passengers aboard the crowded Mayflower, journeying to the New World to start a new life. Things get a little more cramped when their baby brother Oceanus is born during the passage. However, when they arrive, there are even worse challenges to face as the Pilgrims are subjected to hunger, cold, and sickness that put their small colony in great danger. With the help of the Native Americans though, they might just be able to survive their first year in this strange land—and have a November harvest to celebrate for generations!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial

28. Toot (Leslie Patricelli board books)

by: Leslie PatricelliLeslie Patricelli
Release date: Mar 11, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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A subject dear to children’s hearts is in the spotlight as Leslie Patricelli’s beloved baby character returns.

Everybody does it: Kitty, Doggie, Daddy — even Mommy! And when Leslie Patricelli’s beloved bald baby does it while running, it sounds like a train. This frank and very funny look at a certain noisy body function is perfectly suited to the youngest of listeners, while their giggling older siblings will be happy to read it aloud.

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

29. Let’s Play!

by: Herve Tullet
Release date: Mar 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 68
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PRESS HERE, MIX IT UP! and now LET’S PLAY! Collect all three interactive books from Hervé Tullet!
It’s only a yellow dot…but what a dot it is! Readers won’t be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Thus begins a spectacular ride of color, motion, shape, and imagination, filled with the artistry and delight that we know and love so well from Press Here and Mix It Up! But on this journey, prepare to leap headlong into a completely new dimension: emotion. Connecting not only to the mind but also to the heart, this dot expresses an extraordinary sense of humor, fear, joy, and more as it pushes, lurches, wiggles, and slides its way through—and even off!—the pages of this glorious companion to Press Here and Mix It Up!
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

30. Snowflake Day! (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)

by: Becky FriedmanJason Fruchter
Release date: Sep 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 14
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Daniel Tiger and the entire neighborhood celebrate Snowflake Day in this super special shaped board book with foil on the cover. A perfect gift for the youngest Daniel Tiger fans!

It’s Snowflake Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and Daniel Tiger has a special part in the Snowflake Day show. But when the lights go out and it looks like the show won’t go on, it’s up to Daniel to light up the day!

© 2014 The Fred Rogers Company.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

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