Bestselling History Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling history books for 3 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. A is for Activist

by: Innosanto Nagara
Release date: Nov 19, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. 

The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.

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Children’s Books > History

2. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

by: Cynthia Chin-LeeMegan HalseySean Addy
Release date: Jul 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women’s lives.
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Children’s Books > History

3. The Story of the Pilgrims (Pictureback(R))

by: Katharine RossCarolyn Croll
Release date: Sep 26, 1995
Number of Pages: 24
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From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic to the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, all the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims’ first year in America is captured in this vivid retelling that is perfect for the youngest historians.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary

4. Ocean: A Photicular Book

by: Dan KainenCarol Kaufmann
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 28
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A New York Times bestseller, Ocean is like being on a dive. Using Photicular technology, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid visual experience. Open the book, and the reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world, face-to-face with a floating Yellow-Banded Sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark Deep-Sea Anglerfish; with a Sea Horse swaying in balletic motion; with a Sand Tiger Shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed.

The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on Alvin, the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans. Then, for each creature, she writes a lively and informative essay, along with vital statistics—size, habitat, range, diet, and more.

The Photicular process uses an innovative lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery. The result is like a movie in your hands—the dance of life in a book.

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Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > Nature & Wildlife > Plants & Animals

5. Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty

by: Joy MasoffTerry Sirrell
Release date: Jan 02, 2000
Number of Pages: 224
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Kids love stuff that’s gross. From the liquids, solids, and gases–especially the gases!–or their own bodies to the creepy, crawly, slimy, slithery, fetid, and feculent phenomena in the world at large, kids with a curious bent just can’t get enough. Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty brings together, in one book, all the good things about some of the baddest things on Earth.

Exhaustively researched and impeccably scientific, yet written with a lively lack of earnestness, Oh, Yuck! is an ants to zits encyclopedic compendium covering people, animals, insects, plants, foods, and more. Here are vampire bats, which sip blood and pee at the same time so that they’ll always be light enough to fly away; and slime eels, wreathed in mucus and eating fellow fish from the inside out. Oh, Yuck! explains why vomit smells; where dandruff comes from; what pus is all about; and why maggots adore rotting meant. Other features include gross recipes, putrid projects, 10 foods that make you airborne, and more.

With hundreds of cartoon illustrations and real-life photographs, Oh, Yuck! is the complete guide to the irresistible–at least to an 8-to-12 year old–underbelly of life.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference > Encyclopedias

6. Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution

by: Jonathan TweetKaren Lewis
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Where did we come from?

It’s a simple question, but not so simple an answer to explain?especially to young children. Charles Darwin’s theory of common descent no longer needs to be a scientific mystery to inquisitive young readers. Meet Grandmother Fish.

Told in an engaging call and response text where a child can wiggle like a fish or hoot like an ape and brought to life by vibrant artwork, Grandmother Fish takes children and adults through the history of life on our planet and explains how we are all connected.

The book also includes comprehensive backmatter, including:

– An elaborate illustration of the evolutionary tree of life
– Helpful science notes for parents
– How to explain natural selection to a child

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Children’s Books > Animals

7. DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book

by: DC ComicsMatthew Reinhart
Release date: Oct 05, 2010
Number of Pages: 12
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Critically acclaimed pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart celebrates the history, heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece! Bursting with over 25 impressive pop-ups, this deluxe format features a variety of unique novelty elements-including a light-up Bat-Signal, a cosmic Justice League of America battle scene, a twirling Lasso of Truth, and a transparent Invisible Jet! With vibrant illustrations, exciting facts, and an eye-catching design, this is an absolute must-have for DC Super Hero fans of all ages!
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

8. Polar: A Photicular Book

by: Dan KainenCarol Kaufmann
Release date: Oct 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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Take a stunning journey to the ends of the earth through the colorful, fluid motion of Photicular® technology. A phenomenon first seen in the bestsellers Safari and Ocean, Photicular technology uses sliding lenses and video imagery to display realistic living motion in the pages of a book. It’s like a movie in your hand.

Penguins waddle in their irresistibly happy way. A walrus lumbers across the snowy landscape. There’s a polar bear with her lively cubs. A beluga whale, breaching. A team of sled dogs sprinting directly at the viewer. And the miracle of the Northern Lights, shimmering like a silk rainbow through the star-filled night.

National Geographic writer Carol Kaufmann brings the reader along on a voyage to the North and South Poles, and writes a lively and informative essay for each image, including vital statistics for each animal, such as their size, range, habitat, and more.
 

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Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > Photojournalism & Essays > Photo Essays

9. The Titanic Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

by: Peter F. Copeland
Release date: Jul 10, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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On the night of April 14, 1912, while passengers aboard the Titanic were enjoying the luxurious accommodations of the White Star fleet’s newest ocean liner, the ship struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. Described as “unsinkable,” the largest and most elegant ocean vessel of the period quickly sank in the early morning hours on April 15 with the loss of more than 1.500 lives.
This exciting coloring book dramatically re-creates events leading up to and including the monumental tragedy. Twenty-nine realistic drawings, accompanied by fact-filled captions, depict the Titanic docked in Southhampton, England; the ship’s captain and officers on the bridge; passengers dining and strolling on deck; the ship striking the iceberg; survivors huddled in lifeboats; and more.
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Children’s Books > History > Modern

10. Godey’s Fashions Coloring Book (Dover Fashion Coloring Book)

by: Ming-Ju Sun
Release date: Jun 28, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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Superbly rendered illustrations, adapted from Godey’s Lady’s Book, a rare nineteenth-century fashion magazine, provide authentic views of evolving Victorian modes of apparel — from lace-edged necklines and elongated bodices to fitted bonnets and extravagant bustles.
Thirty ready-to-color illustrations depict lavish dresses and gowns of velvet and damask; smart riding outfits trimmed with braid and gilt; an elegant cashmere shawl, children’s outfits; as well as hair ornaments, footwear, and other accessories.
A lovely collection that offers an authentic glimpse of what well-dressed ladies and youngsters of the Victorian era were wearing, this is a must-have for coloring book fans, costume designers, and cultural historians.
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Arts & Photography > Fashion

11. One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Picture Puffin Books)

by: B.G. HennessyLynne Avril Cravath
Release date: Aug 06, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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The activities of ten Pilgrims and ten Wampanoag Indian children as they prepare for a splendid harvest feast at Plimoth (now Plymouth Plantation) are described using the familiar childhood rhyme. Illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial

12. National Parks Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)

by: Peter F. Copeland
Release date: Dec 13, 1993
Number of Pages: 64
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Congress established Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park, in 1872. Today there are 50 national parks within the United States, encompassing an extraordinary diversity of terrain, animal life, and vegetation. From the dry deserts of Big Bend National Park in Texas to the icy wilderness of Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska, the wonderful natural heritage of America’s national parks is yours to color and enjoy in this exciting coloring book. Among the other parks features are Grand Canyon, Everglades, Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, Petrified Forest, and many more. In addition to Peter Copeland’s detailed, carefully researched drawings, you’ll also find informative captions describing distinguishing features of each park, its wildlife, plants, and available activities for visitors. The result is not only an enjoyable and informative coloring book, but also a useful survey of the major attractions of these splendid preserves.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

13. U.S.A. Secret Code Puzzles for Kids (Dover Children’s Activity Books)

by: Tony J. Tallarico Jr.
Release date: Jul 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Kids love secret codes, and this book offers dozens of intriguing challenges with insights into U.S. history, geography, pop culture, and a host of other subjects. Suitable for ages 8 to 12, the 36 puzzles reveal fun facts, from the extent of the Appalachian Trail to what Paul Revere really said on his midnight ride. Solutions included.
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Children’s Books > History > United States

14. This Little President: A Presidential Primer

by: Joan HolubDaniel Roode
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 26
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Learn all about the US presidents with this fun and colorful board book perfect for leaders-in-training!

Leading our country.
Helping you and me.
Keeping all fifty states
safe, happy, and free.

Little presidents have a great big job.

Now even the youngest patriots can learn about America’s presidential history with this bright and playful board book. Highlighting ten of the most memorable presidents—and featuring all forty-four on the last page—parents and presidents-in-training alike will love sharing this fun primer full of age-appropriate facts, leadership skills, and White House history.

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Children’s Books > History > United States

15. Around the World Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

by: Winky Adam
Release date: Mar 16, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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Ideal for home or classroom use, this entertaining and educational coloring book helps youngsters identify and locate Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, India, Spain, France, Nigeria, and 23 other countries of the world. A map of each nation contains names of major cities and is accompanied by ready-to-color pictures of each country’s national flag, landmarks, and natural resources. Engaging facts and statistics highlight the unique features of each country.
A useful learning tool for elementary school students, the Around the World Coloring Book will also provide preschoolers with challenging activities.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

16. Airplanes of the Second World War Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

by: Carlo Demand
Release date: Mar 01, 1981
Number of Pages: 48
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During World War II, armed aircraft became more deadly and sophisticated as the Allied and Axis powers struggled for supremacy. Fighters, bombers, reconnaissance planes, and transports were rapidly developed by both sides and sent into the conflict. The technology changed so quickly that some highly effective planes used early on were outmoded before the end of the war.
Now Carlo Demand, internationally known graphic artist, has rendered 46 planes of World War II especially for coloring. Among them, the “Enola Gay,” the Japanese Zero used by kamikaze pilots, the German Komet jet fighter, and the spunky British spitfire that performed so valiantly in the Battle of Britain.
Colorists will find detailed information in captions concerning authentic coloring, markings, and insignia, as well as information about design innovations, each plane’s military role and affiliation, and other pertinent data. The illustrations are accurate and authentic, and as part of the Dover Pictorial Archive Series, may be used royalty-free. Thirteen of the planes are shown in full color on the covers.
All of the planes pictured here are now, of course, obsolete; but for aviation buffs, military historians, model builders, and illustrators, these superb renderings will recall an era — a time when the needs of a global conflict spurred tremendous advances in aerial technology, both military and commercial.
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Children’s Books > History > Military & Wars

17. United States Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

by: Winky Adam
Release date: Jan 27, 1998
Number of Pages: 64
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Which state — known as the “Golden State” — has trees that grow up to 300 feet high? Which East Coast state contains a re-creation of an authentic nineteenth-century sailing village? And which state leads all others in growing oranges? You’ll find the answers to these questions and many others in this exciting coloring book spotlighting each of the 50 states.
Information accompanying each ready-to-color illustration identifies the state’s motto, flower, bird, tree, capital, and principal rivers and mountains. In addition, accurate outline drawings of each state include an inset of the state’s location on a full map of the United States. Brimming with information, this entertaining and educational coloring book is an ideal learning aid that youngsters will love using at home or in the classroom.

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Children’s Books > History > United States > State & Local

18. People

by: Peter SpierPeter Spier
Release date: Apr 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 48
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A celebration of diverse world cultures from the brilliant Peter Spier, one of the most beloved children’s illustrators of the last 50 years. In this breathtaking tour around the world, young readers can pore over the many details that make each country and culture unique and special—illuminated by Spier’s detailed and witty illustrations of festivals and holidays, foods, religions, homes, pets, and clothing. In print since 1980, this classic, boundary-pushing book is a must-have in today’s global age—a tribute to the ways in which we as the world’s citizens are at once both different and the same.

“The Caldecott Medalist has created his most ambitious and impressive picture book so far, with minutely detailed and exquisite paintings of human beings on all four continents.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review.

“A wonderful introduction to a global view that will answer and arouse curiosity in the young and act as an absorbing reminder for any age.”—School Library Journal
 
· The Christopher Award
· An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

19. Because of an Acorn

by: Lola M. SchaeferAdam SchaeferFrann Preston-Gannon
Release date: Aug 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 36
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Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

20. The Tiny Seed (The World of Eric Carle)

by: Eric CarleEric Carle
Release date: Mar 10, 2009
Number of Pages: 36
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Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of

a flower is told through the adventures of a tiny

seed. This mini-book includes a piece of

detachable seed-embedded paper housed on the

inside front cover. Readers can plant the entire

piece of paper and watch as their very own tiny

seeds grow into beautiful wildflowers.

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

21. Best in Snow

by: April Pulley SayreApril Pulley Sayre
Release date: Oct 11, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Discover the wonderful world of snow with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll!

With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre sheds sparkly new light on the wonders of snow. From the beauty of snow blanketing the forest and falling on animals’ fur and feathers to the fascinating winter water cycle, this nonfiction picture book celebrates snowfall and the amazing science behind it.

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

22. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge Royal Fashions Coloring Book (Dover Fashion Coloring Book)

by: Eileen Rudisill Miller
Release date: Oct 02, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Her Royal Highness models a gallery of regal fashions! Thirty pages of beautifully rendered, ready-to-color outfits feature ensembles made famous by the Duchess of Cambridge since her 2011 wedding to Prince William. Costumes include her stunning bridal gown, designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of the Alexander McQueen fashion house; as well as dresses created by Jenny Packham; Emilia Wickstead; and others. Captions include designers’ names and color descriptions of the fashions.
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Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Commercial > Fashion Design

23. GOAL! The Hockey Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Books)

by: Arkady Roytman
Release date: Mar 20, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Hockey fans who like to color will love these 30 illustrations depicting the sport’s highlights and history. Portraits of superstars include Gretzky, Orr, and Howe. Dramatic illustrations recapture game action with images of a slap shot, penalty box, and victories leading to the Stanley Cup and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

24. Dover Publications Flower Fashion Fantasies (Adult Coloring)

by: Ming-Ju Sun
Release date: Oct 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 64
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This gorgeous gallery presents models sporting dresses and hats consisting of intricately entwined flowers, leaves, and vines. These imaginative illustrations draw their inspiration from botanical drawings and Japanese, Chinese, and Indian artworks. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Flower Fashion Fantasies and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

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Arts & Photography > History & Criticism > Criticism

25. Wonders of Nature (Little Golden Book)

by: Jane Werner WatsonEloise Wilkin
Release date: Jan 12, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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Note: This phenomenon of the paper extending beyond the boards is unique to this style of book.

“Isn’t it a wonder that out in the pond, smooth wiggly tadpoles lose their tails and grow legs, and turn into frogs? And that fuzzy caterpillars weave silken cocoons around themselves and go to sleep, then wake up as pretty moths or butterflies?”

It’s a rare nonfiction book that’s also a simple, beautiful poem. In this gorgeous Little Golden Book from 1957, Eloise Wilkin’s stunning and realistic artwork is accompanied by gentle text that brings an awe of nature to the youngest readers.

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

26. Fashions of the First Ladies (Dover Fashion Coloring Book)

by: Ming-Ju Sun
Release date: Nov 21, 2001
Number of Pages: 48
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From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, 46 of the nation’s First Ladies grace the pages of this entertaining and informative coloring book. Presidents’ wives, daughters, and other relations who served as official White House hostesses appear here in finely detailed, ready-to-color line drawings. Many of the First Ladies are depicted in their inaugural gowns — others model less formal attire. Illustrations include Dolley Madison, shown in a gown of Chinese silk brocade; Mary Todd Lincoln, dressed in a rich velvet; Grace Coolidge in a sleeveless frock; Jacqueline Kennedy in a two-piece print outfit; Nancy Reagan in a woolen ensemble; and many others.
Fact-filled captions complete this stylish collection, offering colorists and history buffs alike insights into the lives of the women who shared in one of the most demanding and visible roles in American public life.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > Fashion

27. Richard Doyle’s Fairyland (Dover Art Coloring Book)

by: Richard DoyleMarty Noble
Release date: Aug 27, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Famed for his charming illustrations of elves, fairies, and gnomes, the prominent Victorian artist Richard Doyle (1824-1883) produced a host of these delightful characters for The Princess Nobody: A Tale of Fairyland, a book he created with British author Andrew Lang in 1884.
Illustrator Marty Noble has skillfully adapted 29 of the English artist’s most delightful watercolors from that enchanting book. Brimming with a multitude of nature’s tiniest creatures of the air, field, and stream, the collection also features pixies, imps, and a petite princess and an equally diminutive prince. These captivating figures can be brought to life by colorists and fairyland devotees as they apply their own hues to enchanting scenes of mischievous sprites at play. Captions accompany each illustration.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

28. Tanks and Armored Vehicles, Dover Coloring Book

by: Bruce LaFontaine
Release date: May 22, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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A highly developed form of protected, mobile striking power, tanks are the successors to war chariots and armored elephants used by armies of ancient times. Designed to be used as part of large infantry units (as in World Wars I and II), or as a separate striking force (as in the Gulf War of 1991), the modern tank is a formidable weapon of war.
This comprehensive coloring book of 44 accurately rendered illustrations chronicles the development of tanks and other armored vehicles — from the “Little Willie” (1915) to the British Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) (1994). Also included are these vehicles: Rolls Royce Armored Scout Car (1916); British Mark A Whippet (1917); Japanese Type 95 (1935); French Char B1 (1937); British A12 Matilda (1940); German Panzer III (1940); Russian T-34 (1940); American M4 Sherman (1942); American M26 Pershing (1945); Russian T-72 MBT (1973); American M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (1961); Israeli Merkava MBT (1980); and 30 more.
Detailed informative captions accompany each illustration in a book sure to be enjoyed by military buffs and colorists alike.
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Children’s Books > History > Military & Wars

29. A Is for Atom: A Midcentury Alphabet

by: Greg Paprocki
Release date: Aug 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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From the creators of BabyLit®, open a window on history while teaching toddlers the ABCs . . .

Teach brilliant babies about history and their ABCs with Greg Paprocki’s A Is for Atom: A Midcentury Alphabet. Twenty-six midcentury concepts paired with Greg Paprocki’s adorable illustrations include “D is for drive-in,” “R is for rock-n-roll,” and “S is for satellite.” Babies will love this board book’s engaging art, and parents will enjoy its slice of history with this primer’s midcentury theme. Collect all six of Greg Paprocki’s alphabet history primers!

Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. He has illustrated several Curious George books, as well as The Big Book of Superheroes for Gibbs Smith. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska.

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Children’s Books > History

30. Wee Sing America

by: Pamela Conn BeallSusan Hagen Nipp
Release date: Sep 08, 2005
Number of Pages: 64
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The bestselling Wee Sing line is now tailored for the most modern Wee Sing fans! These eight classic Wee Sing titles are now in a great new package—a book and CD in a reusable blister!
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Music

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