Bestselling Sports & Outdoors Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling sports & outdoors 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. Curious George Goes Camping

by: Margret ReyH. A. Rey
Release date: Oct 25, 1999
Number of Pages: 24
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Curious George Goes Camping is an entertaining story of the Great Outdoors based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. George tries to be helpful, but he of course just ends up upsetting a nearby camper. As he’s hiding in the woods, he meets a forest creature who catapults the mischievous monkey into a chain of even more outrageous events!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

2. Our Great Big Backyard

by: Laura BushJenna Bush HagerJacqueline Rogers
Release date: May 10, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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#1 New York Times Bestselling Picture Book

To help commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service, #1 New York Times bestselling authors former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have  created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance and fun of connecting with nature.

Our Great Big Backyard follows Jane, whose plans of spending the summer playing video games with her friends are dashed when her parents announce that her family is going on a road trip to national parks around the country. Yet somewhere between the Everglades and Big Bend National Park, things begin to change. Jane starts paying attention to the magnificent sights and spends less time looking at her screen. The stunning views open up her imagination as she and her brother see everything that nature has to offer. And the more Jane discovers, the more she realizes how much there is to love about the outdoors—whether she’s in a national park across the country or right in her own backyard.

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

3. Biscuit Goes Camping (My First I Can Read)

by: Alyssa Satin CapucilliPat Schories
Release date: Apr 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Biscuit can’t wait to go camping! From tents and flashlights to frogs and fireflies, there are so many new things to discover when you’re sleeping outdoors. But are those rain clouds in the sky? How will Biscuit go camping now?

Biscuit Goes Camping is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. This easy-to-read story is also the first Biscuit I Can Read book that takes place at night, making it a great choice for bedtime reading practice.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

4. My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book

by: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Release date: Aug 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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Introducing the Rookie Book series from the #1 sports brand for kids–featuring pro-sports action photography!


SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS kicks off the football season with a brand-new series to help young readers learn the rules, plays, and basics about popular sports. In the first Rookie Book, My First Book of Football, an illustrated rookie player character introduces the next generation of fans to the world of football and guides kids through a visual retelling of an actual NFL game–from the nail-biting coin toss to the exhilarating winning touchdown.
Simple text with engaging action photography and a glossary of essential football terms throughout, including punt, tackle, kickoff, end zone and more, reinforce the message on each page with humor and fun. A perfect book for beginning readers, My First Book of Football is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young football rookies before, during, and after game day.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

5. My First Book of Hockey: A Rookie Book: Mostly Everything Explained About the Game

by: Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids
Release date: Sep 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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Next up in the fan-favorite Rookie Book series, Sports Illustrated Kids explains the coolest game in the world to its youngest fans.

The puck drops, skates flash, and sticks fly-a hockey game is underway! With a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text, a full glossary of terms, and cool graphics, My First Book of Hockey introduces readers to the basics. Kids (and maybe a few adults, too!) will learn how power plays work, how the three-period game flows, what a hat trick is, what’s up with the referee’s crease, and more.

An illustrated “rookie” character appears on every page, guiding the reader moment by moment, and helping to make My First Book of Hockey an ideal shared reading experience between parents and their young rookies before, during, and after the game.

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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Hockey

6. I Am Yoga

by: Susan VerdePeter H. Reynolds
Release date: Sep 08, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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An eagle soaring among the clouds or a star twinkling in the night sky . . . a camel in the desert or a boat sailing across the sea—yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible.

New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and author and certified yoga instructor Susan Verde team up again in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression. I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it. A kid-friendly guide to 16 yoga poses is included.

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

7. My First Book of Baseball: A Rookie Book

by: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Release date: Apr 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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My First Book of Baseball, the second Rookie Book from Sports Illustrated Kids, coaches young kids through the game of baseball with a visual retelling of an actual MLB game–from the first pitch to the game winning hit! Strikes, outs, steals, foul balls, home runs and more are all explained using a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text with engaging graphics, and a full glossary of essential baseball terms and phrases. An illustrated rookie player character also appears on every page, providing fun facts to help the next generation of fans better understand the game. Perfect for beginning readers, My First Book of Baseball is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young minor league rookies before, during, and after the ball game.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

8. The Berenstain Bears: Gone Fishin’! (I Can Read Level 1)

by: Mike BerenstainMike Berenstain
Release date: Apr 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Go fishing with the Berenstain Bears! Papa Bear is thrilled to take Brother, Sister, and Honey fishing: finally he can share with them all his knowledge and expertise. But the cubs prefer to use their simple bamboo poles, bent pins, and worms. Will Papa Bear realize that the shiniest, fanciest gear isn’t always the best? Fans of fishing and the Berenstain Bears alike will delight in this addition to the Berenstain Bears picture book series.

The Berenstain Bears: Gone Fishin’! is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

9. I Spy with My Little Eye Hockey

by: Matt Napier
Release date: Sep 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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For many sports fans there’s no such thing as too much hockey. And in I Spy with My Little Eye Hockey, young readers get double the fun. Matt Napier, author of Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet, teams up with photographer David Milne to create a visual puzzle book that challenges the deductive skills and sharp eyes of young readers. Dual look-alike photographs are filled with hockey masks, sticks, pucks, even miniature ice rinks and trading cards. But one of the scenes has been slightly altered. Can you see the changes? How many can you find? Poetic clues help young fans and seasoned veterans find the various differences between each pair of scenes. From the number of Zambonis on the ice to the sweaters hung in a locker room, hockey fans of all ages will enjoy this new way of spying the game!Matt Napier is the author of the bestselling Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet and Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Number Book. The son of a professional hockey player, Matt was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is a recent law school graduate and lives in Toronto. David Milne is a third-generation photographer in Toronto, Canada. He studied at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. David photographs art for numerous galleries and artists, corporate portraits, products and all types of events. Travel photography is his passion.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

10. The Golden Girls of Rio

by: Nikkolas Smith
Release date: Nov 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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The women athletes of the 2016 Summer Olympics captivated the world: Simon Biles, the most decorated American gymnast of all time; Katie Ledecky, who shattered swimming records in multiple events; Michelle Carter, the first American gold medalist in shot put; Simone Manuel, the first African American woman to medal in individual swimming. Their accomplishments amazed us, as did their personal stories of persistence and hard work.

The Golden Girls of Rio focuses on the paths to glory for these women athletes, how they got their start and rose to meteoric heights in the Rio games. The other swimming and gymnastic teammates are included in the story as well.

An inspiring story, bursting with color and action and life, that will make you smile to see these champion athletes as little girls, and to revisit their triumphs in achieving Olympic gold.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

11. Pony Scouts: The Camping Trip (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Catherine HapkaAnne Kennedy
Release date: Mar 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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When Meg goes camping for the first time, she doesn’t know what to expect. Unprepared for lots of bugs, long walks to the bathroom, and spooky, scary stories, Meg learns that camping is far more than just a slumber party outdoors. . . it’s a true Pony Scouts adventure! This series is full of all the rich details young horse lovers devour, from pony-centric plots to a “Pony Pointers” vocabulary page at the end of each book. Go camping with the Pony Scouts! This is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

12. Baseball Activity Book (Dover Little Activity Books)

by: Tony J. Tallarico Jr.
Release date: Mar 24, 2010
Number of Pages: 64
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Batter up with 45 winning activities, all based on America’s favorite pastime! These puzzles and word games are sure to be a hit with young baseball fans. Activities include crossword puzzles, mazes, follow-the-dots, find-the-differences, and other baseball-themed pursuits. Kids can pick up a few interesting stats while having nine innings of fun! In case of “strikeouts,” see the back of the book for solutions. 
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

13. Little Basketball (Little Sports)

by: Brad HerzogDoug Bowles
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Board Books for Little Sports! Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.Brad Herzog lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Luke and Jesse. As a freelance writer, he has won several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, including a Grand Gold Medal for best magazine article of the year. Brad has published more than two dozen books, including two memoirs about his travels through small-town America. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, Doug Bowles has been a freelance illustrator for 20 years. In addition to Doug’s illustrations for children, he enjoys working with a wide range of clients in the advertising, corporate and editorial communities. His work has been selected many times in the Society of Illustrators West competition, and he has had several gallery showings. Doug lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife and two children.
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Children’s Books > Humor > Jokes & Riddles

14. Swing!: A Scanimation Picture Book

by: Rufus Butler Seder
Release date: Oct 15, 2008
Number of Pages: 12
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Published last fall, Gallop! introduced the amazing technology called Scanimation and took the children’s book world by storm. It became an instant bestseller—#1 on The New York Times children’s list.

Now Swing! does for kids what Gallop! does for animals—a boy rides a bike, a girl kicks her soccer ball, a swimmer cuts through the water, and a skater pirouettes on ice. The effect is joyous, magical, mesmerizing, and taps into the the endless fascination that children find in watching other children. The second book created by Rufus Butler Seder, the inventor, artist, and filmmaker who developed Scanimation out of his obsession with antique optical toys and other pre-motion-picture illusions, Swing! uses “persistence of vision” and a patented state-of-the-art multiphase animation process to create astonishment. There is nothing else like this unique, patented technology that literally inspires wonder.

The images burst with activity, and adding greatly is a happy, rhyming text that captures in words the pure energy of the figures in motion. You can’t put it down.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art

15. Flat Stanley Goes Camping (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Jeff BrownMacky Pamintuan
Release date: May 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Elementary-school kids love Jeff Brown’s classic character, Flat Stanley—the amazing paper-thin boy who can slide under doors, fly like a kite, and travel by mail.

In his latest fun-filled adventure, Flat Stanley Goes Camping, Stanley and the Lambchop family take a trip to the woods. It gets a little scary when Stanley and his brother, Arthur, run away from a skunk—and straight toward the edge of a cliff!

Flat Stanley Goes Camping is an I Can Read book designed to engage and excite child readers. It is a Level 2 book, which means it is perfect for kids who are starting to read on their own but still need some help.

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

16. My Football Book

by: Gail GibbonsGail Gibbons
Release date: Aug 22, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Football is fun–let’s play!

Find all the basics in this lively guide.

  • The markings on a football field

  • What football players wear

  • The positions, from quarterback to wide receiver

  • The excitement of the kickoff

  • The thrill of scoring a touchdown

All these and more are included with a useful glossary at the end.

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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Football

17. Green Bay Packers ABC: My First Alphabet Book (NFL ABC Board Books) (My First Alphabet Books (Michaelson Entertainment))

by: Brad M. Epstein
Release date: May 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 28
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Green Bay Packers ABC is the ultimate alphabet book for every young Packers fan! A is for action, F is for football, Q is for quarterback and, of course, S is for Super Bowl XLV! Toddlers will love learning their letters with all the great symbols and players of their favorite team. The book is even shaped like a football jersey. Officially licensed by the NFL.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Football

18. Tallulah’s Tap Shoes

by: Marilyn SingerAlexandra Boiger
Release date: May 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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It’s summer, and Tallulah is excited about going to dance camp. She’ll get to take plenty of ballet classes. She’ll have to take tap, too, and she’s NOT excited about that. She’s never taken tap before, so she’ll be a beginning beginner. And she’s right—tap class is not much fun. Plus there’s a girl her same age who’s maddeningly good at tap dancing. But that same girl isn’t very good at ballet . . . could it be that she and Tallulah have something in common?
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts > Dance

19. Little Critter: Just Fishing with Grandma

by: Mercer MayerGina MayerMercer Mayer
Release date: Mar 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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Little Critter® wakes up one morning ready to go fishing. But no one will take him . . . until his grandma volunteers! It doesn’t matter how many fish they catch—Little Critter and Grandma know how to make the most of their day together. Starring Mercer Mayer’s classic, loveable character, this 8×8 storybook is perfect for story time.

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

20. My Basketball Book

by: Gail GibbonsGail Gibbons
Release date: Sep 05, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Basketballs fun–let’s play!

Find all the basics ion this lively guide.

  • The markings on a basketball court

  • What basketball players wear

  • The three team positions

  • The excitement of passing the ball

  • The thrill of making a basket

All these and more are included, with a useful glossary at the end.

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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Basketball

21. Little Football (Little Sports)

by: Brad HerzogDoug Bowles
Release date: Feb 17, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.
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Children’s Books > Humor > Jokes & Riddles

22. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates

by: Jonah WinterRaúl Colón
Release date: Mar 04, 2008
Number of Pages: 40
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On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until–eventually–he made it to the Major Leagues. America! As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponents–and even tougher racism–but with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned his nickname, “The Great One.” He led the Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it wasn’t just baseball that made Clemente legendary–he was was also a humanitarian dedicated to improving the lives of others.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

23. Splat the Cat and the Hotshot (I Can Read Level 1)

by: Rob ScottonRob Scotton
Release date: Feb 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Splat goes on a Cat Scouts trip in this hilarious I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. Splat can hardly wait to put on his uniform, tie knots, and build a fire. But when a new member of the group does everything just a bit better than everyone else, Splat wishes he could have a chance to shine. Thanks to some sticky mud, he might get to show what a great outdoors-cat he really is!

Beginning readers will practice the –ot sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat and the Hotshot is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

24. American Boy’s Handy Book

by: Daniel C. Beard
Release date: Feb 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 320
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Long before “danger” was a book for boys, there was The American Boy’s Handy Book by Daniel Beard—a beloved classic by one of the original founders of the Boy Scouts of America. The American Boy’s Handy Book was designed to provide hundreds of activities for restless young boys—adventures and games, indoors and out, in every season of the year. It was originally published in 1882 and became an instant bestseller.

Now, this much-loved classic is back in print for a new generation to enjoy. If you’re not too young to fly a kite, or too old to enjoy a day of good fishing, The American Boy’s Handy Book is chock full of games and activities just for you! There’s something for boys of every age and for every day of the year in this book:

  • Building and flying your own kite
  • Making an aquarium
  • Rigging and sailing small boats
  • Camping without a tent
  • Making a corn stalk fiddle
  • Building a snow fort

Daniel Beard, a founding member of the Boy Scouts of America, firmly believed in letting boys make their own playthings with their hands, to encourage them to value their own work and gain skills needed to successfully invent, construct and dream. This is truer today than ever before—in a world of video games and cell phones. Welcome the joys of childhood back into your children’s lives with The American Boy’s Handy Book, and help them discover hobbies, games and activities that will stimulate their imagination and create a sense of adventure in the real world around us.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

25. Pittsburgh Steelers ABC: My First Alphabet Book (My First Alphabet Books (Michaelson Entertainment))

by: Brad M. Epstein
Release date: Apr 06, 2012
Number of Pages: 28
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The ultimate alphabet book for every young Steelers fan! Children can learn their ABCs with photos of football objects and their favorite team – D is for defense (the 1970’s “Steel Curtain”), H is for huddle, T is for terrible towel…Made of sturdy board book paper and cut in the shape of a football jersey – its a touchdown for every football fan!
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Football

26. Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs

by: The Okee Dokee BrothersBrandon Reese
Release date: May 17, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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I’m wondering if you’d go wandering with me
Through the wilderness and woods
To where the winds are blowin’ free.
 
The Grammy® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers—Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing—celebrate the beauty of nature and the joys of being outdoors and unplugged. Their family-friendly music aims to inspire parents and kids to get outside and get creative.Can You Canoe? journeys cross-country in 12 songs, from the rolling hills of Appalachia in the east to the canyons and campfires of the West. Along the way, The Okee Dokee Brothers’ irresistible, boot-stompin’ tunes invite kids to wander through the woods and wilderness, where they’ll discover hungry black bears and tall-tale spinners; quiet canoes and cozy camping tents; a jumpin’ jamboree and a bullfrog opera. Brandon Reese’s lively illustrations, and a CD to sing along with, will make this set a children’s classic.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Music > Songbooks

27. OLIVIA Goes Camping (Olivia TV Tie-in)

by: Alex HarveyJared Osterhold
Release date: Jun 28, 2011
Number of Pages: 24
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Olivia is super excited to have her best friend come along on her family camping trip. However Francine is not a huge fan of the Great Outdoors and is less than excited about the mud, the bugs, and the idea of sleeping in a tent. It’s up to Olivia to help Francine get in touch with her inner nature lover in this funny story that’s based on an episode.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences

28. Dear Yeti

by: James Kwan
Release date: Nov 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day, and with the help of a bird friend, they trek further and further into the woods, sending letters to coax the shy creature out of hiding. But as their trip goes on, the hikers find that they have not prepared very well, and though their morale is high, food supplies are low, the forest is getting darker, and a snowstorm looms. Luckily Yeti is a friend they can rely on, and though he’s not ready to come out of hiding, he sneakily finds a way to get the hikers exactly what they need when they need it. A sweet and whimsical story of a perfect kid-sized winter adventure, Dear Yeti is the debut picture book of an author/illustrator to watch.

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Children’s Books > Animals

29. Boston Red Sox ABC my first alphabet book

by: Brad M. Epstein
Release date: Jul 27, 2009
Number of Pages: 28
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The ultimate alphabet book for every young Red Sox fan! Children can learn their ABCs with photos of baseball objects and their favorite team – A is All-Star Game, G is Green Monster, P is Pesky’s Pole…Made of sturdy board book paper and cut in the shape of a baseball jersey – it’s a grand slam for every baseball fan!
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

30. Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure (National Geographic Kids)

by: Ilona E. Holland
Release date: Feb 09, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Butterflies flutter, birds soar, and geysers burst into the sky. Join Buddy Bison and his two new friends as they explore the majestic Yellowstone National Park. Breathtaking photographs of Yellowstone serve as the backdrop for the wacky adventures of a curious pair of twins, Elena and Christopher, who are spending the summer with their aunt Rosa, a park ranger.

Instead of waiting patiently when their aunt gets an emergency call, Christopher wanders off. That’s when Buddy Bison, the adorable plush toy clipped to Elena’s backpack comes to life and to her aid. The unlikely pair heads out on a wild adventure through Yellowstone to search for her brother. As soon as Buddy leads Elena safely to her twin, her new oversized pal disappears. What happened to Buddy Bison? Did Elena imagine him or did he really come to life? This charming tale is sprinkled with helpful tidbits about the park, weird-but-true facts about the animals, and more fun facts kids adore. A comprehensive afterword offers a short history of the park and ways kids can get involved in parks preservation.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

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