Best Sports & Outdoors Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 sports & outdoors 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. Ladybug Girl and Bingo

by: Jacky DavisDavid Soman
Release date: May 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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This hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series explores the theme of responsibility for a pet and the fun of a first camping trip.
 
Lulu and her dog Bingo the basset hound are best friends. Whenever they play outside, Bingo always stays close by Lulu’s side. When they go camping for the first time, Lulu does her best to be responsible and hold tight to Bingo’s leash. But what happens when Bingo wants to explore the forest on his own and runs off? This is a job for Ladybug Girl! She will find Bingo in time for toasting marshmallows at the campfire. 
 
For fans of Fancy Nancy and Toot and Puddle, the Ladybug Girl series honors a love of the outdoors, family, and creativity!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

2. All You Can Be: Dream It, Draw It, Become It!

by: Curtis Granderson
Release date: Aug 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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Curtis Granderson grew up on the south side of Chicago. He loved sports and was determined to become a successful athlete. But perhaps because both of his parents were teachers, he had an even stronger desire to succeed in the classroom. He loved learning for its own sake, and from an early age, the importance of education. Now an established Major League Baseball star, Curtis has not forgotten the lessons he learned growing up. These are lessons not only about the importance of education, but also about working hard to attain goals; lessons about character, integrity, and personal responsibility. In his book All You Can Be, Granderson shares these valuable lessons with his young fans. He has also invited fourth graders from across the state of Michigan to submit artwork that exemplifies their own goals, the best of which has been culled here to illustrate the themes of the book. This is not just a book for aspiring athletes, it is a book for any young dreamer about how he or she can develop the character to help them succeed, whether they want to be the next president of the United States, the best teacher in the country, or even the center fielder for the Detroit Tigers.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

3. Doonsey’s Beach Adventure: the Great Rescue (Doonsey’s Adventures Book 1)

by: Rhonda PagliaRhonda Paglia
Release date: Apr 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 54
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Doonsey is a happy, friendly little crab who lives on the ocean floor. He LOVES to explore!! Today is an Exploring Day! Doonsey is so excited! Where will he go? What will he do? What will he see? Doonsey decides to explore the beach, but little does he know, that his calm, peaceful “Exploring Day” will suddenly become a very busy “Great Rescue Day!” In book #1 – our little Doonsey becomes a hero, and makes some very unusual, but very special new friends.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

4. Shoreline Haiku!: an enchantingly illustrated children’s story told through short, impressionistic poetry (Early Reader Book, preschool through ages 6-8)

by: J. K. Boyer
Release date: Jun 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 56
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Fun and Deceptively Simple – succinct yet moving poetry for youngsters

Praise for Shoreline Haiku!

“Thought provoking and beautiful. This is a great book for kids and adults alike.” – Colm (via Amazon UK)

“… simply takes you to a beautiful place!” – Lawrence Lee

“… very peaceful and calming; an ideal short bedtime story that can be enjoyed by all.” – Kevin Matthews

Do your kids love the beach? Would you like help to quiet them down at bedtime? Shoreline Haiku! is a beautifully illustrated story of a day at the seashore told through a collection of haiku paired with gentle watercolors.

Your child will delight in the enchanting illustrations and thought provoking verses of Shoreline Haiku!. Young imaginations will be set alight by the subtle interplay between poetry and painting.

What’s a Haiku? It’s a very short poem: a three line observation about a fleeting moment involving nature.

Haiku are contemplative or wistful in tone and are written with impressionistic brevity. There are no superfluous words and lines don’t have to rhyme. Imagery and perception take precedence. The meaning of a haiku is often suggestive, even subjective— inviting reader participation.

The verses in Shoreline Haiku! are composed in a three line format of seventeen syllables in a five-seven-five pattern that closely approximates the classical Japanese form.


This children’s book is relatable for precocious kids from preschool through ages 6-8.

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5. Small Twig Hiking & Camping Guide: A Complete Introduction to the World of Hiking & Camping for Small Twigs of All Ages

by: Timothy Smith
Release date: Jan 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 64
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  Buck Wilder has ten books about nature and how we are connected to everything around us. His four hard covers books, Buck Wilder’s Fishing Guide, Hiking & Camping Guide ,  Boating Guide and Animal Wisdom are for kids of all ages. Each is filled with fun facts and interesting highlights of nature, wild imaginative drawings, and secret hidden characters on each page.
  Buck Wilder’s ten chapter books are written for  the early reader – early elementary level of reading. Each book is filled with fun illustrations, hidden messages, and an unique story about our outside world and how we can have fun with it. His books have sold 500,000 copies with his most popular title being ” Who Stole the Animal Poop?”

(Timothy Smith)

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

6. There Was an Old Lady Who Gobbled a Skink

by: Tamera Will WissingerAna Bermejo
Release date: Feb 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 36
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There was an old lady who gobbled a skink. And a worm and a pail and a line and an oar and much more in this hilarious book about a crazy fisherwoman who swallows all the essentials for a successful fishing trip. With the ever looming threat of ?perhaps she’ll sink,” readers will hold their breath in anticipation as she gobbles her way through the tackle box and then the boat! With an already impressively full stomach, she reaches for just one last bite . . . but to find out how the story ends, you have to read the book!

A wonderfully humorous take on a classic nursery rhyme by Tamera Will Wissinger, accompanied by Ana Bermejo’s fun-filled illustrations, this story will delight children, adults, and all those who like fishing. It’s perfect for reading aloud and sure to be read (and perhaps even sung) again and again.

Intended for preschool-aged children, this silly story is sure to be a fun read-aloud both at home or at school/daycare. It’s also the ideal gift for kids whose parents or grandparents love to fish or to explore the outdoors and might even inspire a few to try fishing at some point (hopefully without gobbling any of the tackle!).

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers?picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Fish

7. Good night, laila tov

by: Laurel SnyderJui Ishida
Release date: Mar 27, 2012
Number of Pages: 33
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A family trip turns into an adventure of discovery for a curious and carefree sister and brother. While the two explore the natural wonders of the seashore, woods, and fields, their parents plant trees as an offering of thanks for all they have received. In Jewish tradition, this is called tikkun olam, or repairing the world. As the children settle down to sleep, they are lulled by the soothing sounds around them that become the refrain: “good night, laila tov“—the same comforting words in English and Hebrew that their parents recite to them every night at bedtime.

Laurel Snyder’s lilting poem is both a song of praise to the beauty of nature and a gentle lullaby. Jui Ishida’s rich, jewel-tone illustrations illuminate the text and incorporate details that readers will love to discover.

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

8. Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play

by: Kathryn HelingDeborah HembrookAndy Robert Davies
Release date: Aug 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Get in the game and use clues on the clotheslines to identify a slew of sports.

Catchy rhymes and visual cues introduce young readers to sports in this companion to Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do.

The clues in each lively verse can be spotted hanging from the clotheslines. What athlete wears those items? Turn the page to discover the sport at hand—and the athlete in full gear! From baseball and soccer, to fencing and archery, there’s something for everyone—including a surprise ending. A perfect choice for reading aloud and encouraging kids to join in the guessing and reveal.

Andy Robert Davies’s quirky illustrations build a separate story from the text. Close attention to the details will help young readers build their own storytelling skills and help them make visual connections.

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

9. Dinosaur Campout (Dinosaur Train)

by: Grosset &amp Dunlap
Release date: Apr 12, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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A great summer 8 x 8!

The Pteranodon family is going on a campout! This adorable 8 x 8 is perfect for a first camping trip or night away from home.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

10. Mr. Wishing Went Fishing (G&D Vintage)

by: Irma WildeGeorge Wilde
Release date: Jun 02, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G&D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories accompanied by classic illustrations.

Mr. Wishing decides to go fishing for a pet fish and finds Skipper, a perfect companion. But Skipper needs a friend! Mr. Wishing goes on another rowboat jaunt, but all he manages to catch are a starfish and a crab, which are not the ideal fish bowl companions for Skipper. Finally, Mr. Wishing brings home another fish, Flipper, and Skipper is happy as can be!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

11. Adventures with Jonny: Ice Fishing The Coolest Sport on Earth!

by: DiLorenzo Michael
Release date: Jul 16, 2007
Number of Pages: 68
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As a follow up to the initial IPPY award winning book in the Adventure with Jonny series, Jonny is joined by three new characters as he ventures out in the winter time for a thrilling ice fishing excursion. The accompanying tutorial will enable parents that are new to the sport to easily introduce their children to winter’s greatest past time.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

12. Jackie Robinson (Rookie Biographies)

by: Wil MaraNanci R. VargusJeanne Ph.D. Clidas
Release date: Feb 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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When Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers he became the first African American to play on a white Major League Baseball team. Read about how Robinson changed the face of baseball when he broke the color barrier and opened the door for the non-white players that followed.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

13. Millie Fierce Sleeps Out

by: Jane ManningJane Manning
Release date: May 29, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Little girls can be strong and fierce and brave—and sometimes their ferocity is just the thing they need to save the day.

Millie is strong. Millie is fierce. But Millie has learned to keep her fierceness in check. And since she’s been sweet all summer long, Millie gets to have a sleepout with her friends. One where she promises to be well behaved. But things don’t go as Millie planned, and our fierce little heroine is not happy.  Still, she tries her best to keep her fierceness inside. But when the scary dog from next door howls at the girls’ tent, Millie’s ferocity saves them all!

A perfect addition to a bookshelf filled with Fancy Nancy, Eloise, Olivia, and Ladybug Girl.

Praise for the Millie Fierce books:

*”Readers already know what Millie learns: To everything there is a time and purpose, including fierceness; they will welcome this validation.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Millie Fierce is a delightfully naughty mix between Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry.”–School Library Journal

“An unexpected Yeatsian lilt to Manning’s writing (“Millie frizzed out her hair and made the crazy eye”) lifts the text out of the ordinary; her powers of observation set it apart, too.”–Publishers Weekly

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

14. Agents in Action: Challenging Kids to Live Courageously as God’s Special Agents (13 Week Bible Curriculum)

by: Gospel Light
Release date: Feb 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 256
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Agents in Action gives kids a chance to think of themselves as secret agents for God! It gives you a super variety of Bible-times-related activities, engaging Bible stories. Best part? It’s “adjustable” to work with both younger and older kids! Got kids of many ages? Not enough volunteers? Here is the course for YOU!

  • Adjustable activities for ages 3-6 and 7-12, so you’re never at a loss!
  • Activities for both age ranges use the same or similar materials for easy adjusting
  • Leader’s Guide includes CD-ROM of all materials, music to play
  • Lessons include Bible stories, theme activities, art, games
  • Reproducible coloring and puzzle pages, too!
  • Recommended for church mid-week or second hour, home school, private school
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Christian Books & Bibles > Education

15. The Deer Watch

by: Pat Lowery CollinsDavid Slonim
Release date: Apr 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Feel the anticipation — and share the moment of discovery — as a young boy and his dad set out to find one of nature’s unforgettable wonders.

A father promises his young son that this summer they will see a deer. They set out over the dunes, through the marsh, and into the woods, searching for a white-flag tail or a set of leaping legs. But deer are hard to find, especially if your feet want to dance and your nose tickles until you sneeze. Squirrels scurry up trees, rabbits leap out of sight, and a pheasant flushes into the sky, but the deer remain hidden until the boy is almost ready to give up and head home. A captivating, lyrical narrative and oil-on-linen landscape illustrations create a sense of quiet suspense as a young boy experiences a sight he will hold in his memory forever.

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Children’s Books > Animals

16. Great Googly Moogly

by: Courtney DicmasCourtney Dicmas
Release date: Jul 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Nobody has every been able to catch The Great Googly Moogly – a giant and terrifying fish of legend. But Stella aims to do just that. Armed with fishing gear and differing baits, she sets out every day to realize her dream, whatever the weather. But what will she do if she succeeds?
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

17. Into the Outdoors

by: Susan Gal
Release date: Oct 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 40
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In Susan Gal’s delightful young-concept book, a family travels up a mountain, over a bridge, and under a canopy of trees to reach their campsite in the great outdoors.  A forest hike offers more opportunities to showcase words that describe spacial relationships and show young readers where they are in the world. Beside a lake! Next to a waterfall! On top of a mountain! Then after the sun slips behind the hills, they’ll snuggle alongside each other and dream sweet dreams inside their tent among the trees.

Gal’s pictures capture all the beauty of the natural world. And she’s included a humorous cast of animal characters on a parallel journey of their own, so the art is full of funny things to spot.

This is a gem of a story for parents and teachers to share with their happy campers.

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

18. It’s Vacation Time: Playtime with Little Nye

by: Lerryn KordaLerryn Korda
Release date: Mar 23, 2010
Number of Pages: 26
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Imagination goes a long way when four friends play together — even when they stay close to home — in a fresh, enticing story for preschoolers.

Summer is here, and Little Nye is making icepops to take on vacation. Nella is stuffing too much in a suitcase, and Lester offers to remove some things to lighten the load. Out go toys for beach games, flippers and masks for paddling, and more. But why won’t the suitcase shut now? Good thing that rubber raft is really all they need for their journey — and the garden hose makes a wonderful nautical spray!

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

19. Going Camping (Dover Coloring Books)

by: Cathy BeylonColoring Books
Release date: Dec 27, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Camping trips are filled with good times, as children find out in this entertaining coloring book. Easy-to-read captions accompany 26 scenes depicting a family’s adventure camping out. From packing the car and heading for a lakefront to setting up their tent, looking for firewood, going fishing, and having a cookout, it’s nonstop coloring fun!
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

20. Downward Dog with Diego

by: Pamela Prichett
Release date: Aug 09, 2016
Number of Pages: 36
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Jump! Stretch! Roar! This innovative and playful introduction to yoga encourages kids to look, imagine and move along with Diego and his colorful yoga animals.
A fun, die cut cover invites interaction from the start and an illustrated glossary of the Sanskrit names of the poses is included in the final spread.
Ten animal yoga poses are conveyed by illustrations, and simple, memorable rhymes lead from one page to the next to reveal Diego in the pose within the animal’s silhouette. This art uniquely captures the relationship between the animal asana and a child’s version of the pose. 
Stretch like a cat… arch high off your mat.
Snuggle like a rabbit… make it a habit.
Rise like a cobra… now you’re doing yoga!
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Children’s Books > Animals

21. Freda Plans a Picnic (Stuart J. Murphy’s I See I Learn)

by: Stuart J Murphy
Release date: Jul 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Freda’s mom says that she can invite her friends to a picnic in her backyard. There is so much to do, from packing the picnic basket to cleaning up. Will Freda’s plan be a success?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

22. Just Fishing With Grandma (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Little Critter)

by: Mercer MayerMercer Mayer
Release date: Mar 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Little Critter worries that his hopes of going fishing will be dashed until Grandma volunteers to accompany him on a fun-filled day at the lake.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Multigenerational

23. Sadie, Ori, and Nuggles Go to Camp (Kar-Ben Favorites)

by: Jamie KorngoldJulie Fortenberry
Release date: Aug 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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For the first time, Sadie’s little brother Ori will be joining her at sleep-away camp. He’s very excited, but he wants to bring Nuggles, his favorite “stuffy,” and is worried that his bunkmates will make fun of him. Is he ever in for a surprise! The fifth book in Kar-Ben’s popular “Sadie and Ori” series by best-selling author Jamie Korngold (God in the Wilderness, Doubleday), often quoted in the media as a voice of liberal Judaism.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

24. Racers (Big Stuff)

by: Robert Gould
Release date: May 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 16
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Children’s Books > Cars, Trains & Things That Go > Cars & Trucks

25. CJ’s New Basketball (These Kids of Mine)

by: Ivy Valentine PateChris Padovano
Release date: Dec 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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CJ gets his very first basketball from Dad on Sunday, but can’t go to a real basketball court until the following Saturday. He decides to practice inside the house every day until he can get to the court. Can CJ stay out of trouble at home for a whole week until the big day?

CJ’s New Basketball uses funny, mischievous antics to teach children the days of the week and accountability for their actions. Colorful pictures illustrated by popular children’s artist Chris Padovano bring to life CJ’s exciting week of “basketball practice”.  

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

26. Cuenta con el Beisbol

by: Barbara Barbieri McGrathBrian Shaw
Release date: Feb 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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Spanish text counts from one ball to twenty baseball cards. This counting book is a must-have for baseball fans.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Foreign Language Learning > Spanish

27. I Love Sports (Dover Coloring Books)

by: Steven James PetruccioColoring Books
Release date: Feb 15, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Put on a catcher’s mitt, grab a bat, or strap on a snowboard and join the fun. If you like football, baseball, basketball, and soccer, you’ll LOVE this book. Twenty-six fun-to-color illustrations depict kids kicking a soccer ball, doing graceful turns on ice skates, attempting tricks on a skateboard, playing volleyball, and much more.
Use crayons, paints, or other media to bring these exciting illustrations to life; and for added fun, apply the 20 sports-related stickers included in this book wherever you want.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

28. Herman’s Vacation

by: Tom Percival
Release date: Apr 26, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Herman and Henry, best friends forever, are camping in the great outdoors–and they couldn’t be having more fun! Well, at least Herman is enjoying all of the tent building, marshmallow roasting, and postcard writing. Henry doesn’t quite seem to get the hang of any of it.

Herman hates seeing his best friend so sad. So he decides to plot a very secret, very special surprise and do whatever it takes to make sure Henry has the best vacation ever!

This fabulously funny story about friends who stick together is chronicled through vibrant illustrations and lift-the-flaps.

Awards for Herman’s Letter
A Winter 2014-2015 Kids’ Indie Next Pick

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

29. It’s Fishing Time!

by: Michael Poon
Release date: Apr 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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This is a nice little book with a nice little poem about a boy and his Dad who both love to go fishing!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Fish

30. Karate Boy

by: Ann Morris
Release date: Jul 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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Written in a simple text and complete with lively, full-color photographs and a glossary, a young reader’s introduction to various aspects of karate captures the effort it takes to advance in the sport, as seen from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy.
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Arts & Photography > Photography & Video

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