Best Early Learning Books for 12 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 early learning books for 12 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. Justice For All

by: Mary Wright
Release date: Nov 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 177
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This book is engineered to challenge the young readers while engulfing readers of all ages. Each reader, allowing their mind to walk barefoot from the first page through the last, will gain a refreshing zest for life.
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2. Mr. How Do You Do Learns to Pray: Teaching Children the Joy and Simplicity of Prayer (The Mr. How Do You Do series)

by: Kelly JohnsonJan Hamilton
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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In Book 1 of the Mr. How Do You Do series, travel with Mr. How Do You Do as he asks:

  • Is God too high above to hear me?
  • Does He care what I have to say?
  • Does He want to speak to me?

Watch how his simple prayer: “Oh, dear Jesus, teach me to pray . . .” takes him on an incredible journey with his feathered friend Ruby Robin. Through beautiful illustrations and childlike communication, Mr. How Do You Do teaches children (and adults alike) that prayer is just as easy as a conversation with a friend. We serve a living God who wants to hear from us and communicate to us every day. If you’ve ever wondered how to communicate the importance and power of prayer to your child, Mr. How Do You Do Learns to Pray is a great resource to help you do just that.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kelly Johnson is a lover of Jesus. She’s convinced that as children (of all ages) encounter His love and His character-in a relational way-their lives will be forever changed. Mr. How Do You Do is a whimsical, joy-filled teacher. Her prayer is that through his stories, many will learn invaluable life lessons and experience lavish love and boundless joy!

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Jan Hamilton is grateful for the opportunity and gift of art the Lord has provided, allowing her to be a part of the Mr. How Do You Do series. “He is the author and finisher of our faith. Everything I am and have is a gift from Him.”

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

3. The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story

by: Sandra MooreKazumi Wilds
Release date: Jul 14, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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**Winner of the 2015 Gelett Burgess Award for Best Intercultural Book**
**Winner of the 2015 Silver Evergreen Medal for World Peace**

This true children’s story is told by a little bonsai tree, called Miyajima, that lived with the same family in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for more than 300 years before being donated to the National Arboretum in Washington DC in 1976 as a gesture of friendship between America and Japan to celebrate the American Bicentennial.

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“In 1625, when Japan was a land of samurai and castles, I was a tiny pine seedling. A man called Itaro Yamaki picked me from the forest where I grew and took me home with him. For more than three hundred years, generations of the Yamaki family trimmed and pruned me into a beautiful bonsai tree. In 1945, our household survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In 1976, I was donated to the National Arboretum in Washington D.C., where I still live today—the oldest and perhaps the wisest tree in the bonsai museum.”

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction

4. La batalla del laberinto: Percy Jackson y los dioses del Olimpo IV (Narrativa Joven) (Spanish Edition)

by: Rick Riordan
Release date: May 26, 2012
Number of Pages: 320
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A punto de comenzar primero de secundaria, Percy Jackson no espera emociones fuertes, sino más bien un aburrimiento soporífero. Pero cuando en la nueva escuela se presenta una vieja amiga, seguida de un par de animadoras diabólicas, los acontecimientos se precipitan y todo empieza a ir de mal en peor. Cronos, el malvado señor de los titanes, amenaza con destruir el Campamento Mestizo, donde se refugian los jóvenes semidioses. Para evitarlo, Percy y sus amigos deben emprender una arriesgada búsqueda a través del laberinto, un mundo subterráneo plagado de trampas temibles y criaturas perversas, concebido para acabar con quienes se atrevan a profanarlo.
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Children’s Books > Animals

5. 1, 2, 3 Baylor: A Little Bear Counting Book! (Big Bear Books)

by: Matt Wiede
Release date: Sep 14, 2012
Number of Pages: 18
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A Little Bear Counting Book!

Featuring bright, colorful illustrations, 1, 2, 3 Baylor is the first board book designed especially for the littlest of Bears. Babies and toddlers can get to know Baylor University before they can even speak!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

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6. Journeys in Time: A New Atlas of American History

by: Susan BuckleyElspeth LeacockRodica Prato
Release date: Jun 23, 2003
Number of Pages: 48
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Paddle in a birchbark canoe with the Anishinabe and brave the Atlantic with the Pilgrims. Drag cannons across the icy Hudson for George Washington and meet the West with Lewis and Clark. Journeys in Time takes you on twenty journeys that have shaped our national past, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of the real people who made American history.
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Children’s Books > History > United States

7. Orwell’s Luck

by: Richard W. Jennings
Release date: Apr 12, 2006
Number of Pages: 160
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When a wounded wild rabbit is found in the front yard, he is given a good home and a memorable name by a twelve-year-old with a liking for basketball, the trombone, and the newspaper’s daily horoscope. But Orwell is no ordinary rabbit. It soon seems that he is attempting to reward his young caretaker by mysteriously sending coded messages in the form of predictions: the final score of the Super Bowl, advance notice of a pop quiz at school, tomorrow’s winning lottery number! Can this little rabbit foretell the future? Can Orwell actually make luck happen? Here is a magical and heartwarming story about kindness, friendship, and hope in the shadow of fortune’s ever-turning wheel.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

8. The Third Magic

by: Welwyn Wilton Katz
Release date: Sep 15, 1988
Number of Pages: 204
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Mistaken for one of her own ancestors, Morgan Lefevre is summoned through time to the alien world of Nwm. With only the boy Arddu as companion, she is caught between the opposing cruelties of the Circle and the Line, the two Magics of Nwm that have fought one another over the centuries and across many worlds. When Morgan and Arddu gain possession of an ancient weapon of the mysterious Third Magic, Earth is drawn into the struggle as well, and the reader comes to understand the King Arthur story in a whole new way. Times and worlds merge as Morgan is brought face to face with her own destiny.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

9. Algebra, Grades 6 – 8 (Skill Builders)

by: Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Release date: Jan 03, 2011
Number of Pages: 80
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Skill Builders are great tools for keeping children current during the school year or preparing them for the next grade level. A variety of fun and challenging activities provides students with practice and helps introduce basic skills to new learners. This full-color workbook contains appropriate passages and exercises based on national standards for sixth through eighth grade to help ensure that children master algebra math skills before progressing. Skill Builders combines entertaining and interactive activities with eye-catching graphics to make learning and reviewing fun and effective. The compact 6″ x 9″ size makes this book perfect for school, at home, or on the go. It features 80 perforated, reproducible pages and an answer key.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Math > Algebra

10. Chet Gecko’s Detective Handbook (and Cookbook): Tips for Private Eyes and Snack Food Lovers

by: Bruce Hale
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 272
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Revealed at last–secrets and surprises from ace detectives Chet Gecko and Natalie Attired’s criminal casebook!

This nifty (and very handy) handbook features tips and techniques for detective work: how to shadow people, collect evidence, and conduct searches; photocopy-ready documents that every private eye needs–license, search warrants, forged sick-day notes from parents; a list of suspects and pointers on how to ID the crooks; a guide to detective lingo for all you shamuses; and tasty recipes for distinctively Chet Gecko-ish snacks, including Tick Tacos and Sweet Potato-Bug Pie (minus the bugs, of course).

It doesn’t take a private eye to see that this book is F-U-N.

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

11. Where Do the Mondays Go?

by: Patricia Sloan,Patricia Sloan &amp Daniel Alexander
Release date: Feb 05, 2011
Number of Pages: 80
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This educational story presents a unique blend of facts in a fictional tale to introduce children to the days of the week. There are many elements weaved into this rhyming adventure including feelings we can all relate to. The characters in this story represent the actual days of the week and the hidden power within to make our day the best it can be—a Super-Duper Day! Each day has the day of the week spelled out in the body of the character. This is a fun find for children as they explore each character and discover the letters. For example, Super-Duper Monday has big swooping M’s for his hair, an O for his nose, N for his mouth, D on his chest, A is in the body with a belt going across, and the Y is the pockets and the legs. The ending has a surprise for both children and adults when the most important fact of all is revealed—where time begins!

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12. The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greeks Myths, Retold

by: Cynthia RylantCarson Ellis
Release date: May 04, 2009
Number of Pages: 71
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Newbery Medal-winner Cynthia Rylant retells her favorite stories from Greek mythology, breathing fresh life into the tales of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche. The writing is lyrical and understated, a perfect tone for stories that introduce young readers to themes of love and loss, pride and forgiveness. Carson Ellis’s elegant black-and-white illustrations lend an aura of beauty and mystery.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Anthologies

13. Crimen y castigo (eBook ePub) (Clásico adaptado) (Spanish Edition)

by: Fedor DostoyevskiJosé Luis Navarro
Release date: Mar 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 160
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Un crimen y el amor que lo cambia todo. Un estudiante que no llega a fin de mes. Un asesinato que podría solucionarle la vida. Un hacha a su alcance. Fedor Dostoyesvski escribió Crimen y Castigo en 1866… ¿Sigues pensando que los clásicos son cosa del pasado?
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14. The Ghost Children

by: Eve BuntingJames Cross Giblin
Release date: Oct 17, 2005
Number of Pages: 176
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When Matt and Abby go to live with Great-Aunt Gerda in Sierra Madre Canyon after their mother dies, Matt is put off at first by the life-size wooden dolls whom Aunt Gerda talks to and calls her “children.” However, when someone vandalizes the dolls and two are stolen, it is Matt, with the help of his new friend, Kristin, who foils the would-be thief and returns the dolls to Aunt Gerda.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

15. BEASTLY FEASTS!

by: Robert Forbes
Release date: Sep 06, 2007
Number of Pages: 96
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Featuring an outlandish menagerie of madcap rhymes and extraordinary animals, this book includes over 40 poems from the mind of Robert Forbes.
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Children’s Books > Animals

16. The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide to Cash

by: Kira VermondClayton Hanmer
Release date: Mar 13, 2012
Number of Pages: 160
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If discussing money is a difficult task for adults, it’s doubly so where kids are involved. Not only is the subject loaded with cryptic jargon (mortgages? Bull markets? Huh?), but it often fails to click with how a kid sees his or her world. Many preteens and young teens do not yet have a job, and even if they do, their responsibilities with their earnings are miles away from grown-up money issues. In other words, not only is money a little overwhelming and mysterious, it’s also seen as something they can’t do anything about.

The Secret Life of Money is written to address this last point in particular. It’s central message is that money affects us deeply and that even kids can have an effect on it, too. This book uses odd anecdotes, engaging comics, and a wealth of surprising everyday connections to help young readers see and understand cash from an entirely different angle. From the history of different currencies to why we buy what we buy, from how charities and credit cards work to saving and investing, and a whole lot more, readers will gain not only an appreciation for the myriad ways that money changes, influences, and (even) betters their lives, they will arrive to an understanding of the control they have over it.

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

17. Switcharound

by: Lois Lowry
Release date: Oct 28, 1985
Number of Pages: 131
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Forced to spend a summer with their father and his “new” family, Caroline, age eleven, and J.P., age thirteen, are given unpleasant responsibilities for which they are determined to get revenge.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

18. At Jerusalem’s Gate: Poems of Easter

by: Nikki GrimesDavid Frampton
Release date: Jan 31, 2005
Number of Pages: 48
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A combination of poetry and woodcut illustrations invites readers to explore the events surrounding the first Easter.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry

19. Chickadee & the Whale: A Baby Chickadee’s Adventure (Schiffer Book)

by: Catherine E ClarkCatherine E Clark
Release date: Feb 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 40
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A charming story about two unlikely friends. Chickadee is a baby songbird whose curiosity gets the best of him. He explores beyond the safety of his forest home that borders a sandy beach and the open ocean. Meeting a variety of creatures and experiencing
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Children’s Books > Animals

20. Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum

by: Ashley BryanAshley Bryan
Release date: Jun 30, 1987
Number of Pages: 80
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A collection of African tales, one about a man with bad habits, and three animal stories involving a frog and a hen, a cow and an elephant, a frog and a snake, and a rabbit.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

21. Bully on the Bus (Decision Is Yours)

by: Carl W. BoschRebekah Strecker
Release date: Jan 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 64
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Jack is being teased by the fifth-grade bully on the school bus. Readers help Jack decide whether to ignore him, ask an adult for help, or fight back.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Abuse

22. pocket money: a book about random acts of kindness

by: Kaye Llewelyn
Release date: Nov 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 36
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A lyrical story told without words, quietly powerful with its original rich painted images, Pocket money is a story about random acts of kindness, synchronicity and serendipity. A boy walks out, he’s new in town, he doesn’t speak the language. Turns out he doesn’t need to because his smallest kind action speaks louder than words, and it unfolds a chain reaction of simply valuable, pay it forward moments. It will make anyone smile; this book speaks to the young at heart no matter their age. Opening curiosity, it’s a conversation waiting to be started . . .

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

23. The Survival Guide for Money Smarts: Earn, Save, Spend, Give

by: Eric BraunSandy Donovan
Release date: Aug 17, 2016
Number of Pages: 152
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This survival guide introduces the basics of financial literacy and money management for kids—from earning and saving money to spending and donating it—and gives readers essential skills for financial know-how. The book also explores how choices about money and finances connect to character development and social-emotional well-being. Readers will find ideas for setting money goals, delaying gratification, being thrifty, building self-esteem, giving to charity, and making socially responsible spending and donating decisions. The book includes special features such as:

  • Fictional vignettes in a choose-your-own-adventure style, putting readers in hypothetical situations where they need to make decisions about how to manage money
  • True success stories about real kids who made smart financial decisions
  • Vocabulary boxes that highlight important terms
  • “Financial tactics” boxes with helpful tools, tips, and strategies

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

24. This Equals That

by: Jason FulfordTamara ShopsinJason FulfordTamara Shopsin
Release date: Sep 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 80
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Aimed at children ages five and up, this clever and surprising picture book by artists and collaborators, Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin, takes young viewers on a whimsical journey while teaching them associative thinking and visual language, as well as colors, shapes and numbers. Through a simple narrative and a rhythmic sequence of photographs, the book generates multiple meanings, making the experience of reading the book interactive—parent and child must ask questions and come up with their own answers, drawing on the child’s imagination. Each spread presents a new relationship that changes and shifts as the book unfolds, with the last picture relating again to the first, forming a circle. Through playful and inspired sequencing, everyday scenes are transformed into a game of pairs, enjoyable for adults and children alike.
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Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > Collections, Catalogues & Exhibitions

25. Topsys and Turvys Number 2 (Topsys & Turvys)

by: Peter Newell
Release date: Dec 15, 1989
Number of Pages: 69
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A timeless classic, Topsys and Turvys Number 2 is the perfect interactive book for people of all ages.

It’s been 120 years since Peter Newell’s enduringly popular Topsys and Turvys 2—the sequel to his bestselling Topsy and Turvys—was first published in the United States. Using the same ingenious style and imagination, he invents worlds of confusion and fun as he transforms hunters into bears, has a buffalo converse with a tree frog, or creates and illustrates, pure nonsense. The story changes depending on if you are holding the action book “upside-down” or “right-side-up.”

These beautiful classic books reproduce all of the brilliant color and charm of the originals, all while ensuring that Topsys and Turvys can be shared and enjoyed anew by future generations.

Peter Newell (1862-1924) began his career as an artist drawing portraits, using crayons as his medium. In his fantastic humor, many believe, is the first appearance of the gentle humor of the absurd which The New Yorker has subsequently developed to such a high level. Tuttle Publishing has kept in print Newell’s retro books for the new generation to enjoy a whimsical, thought-provoking look at life.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

26. Apple Is My Sign (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books)

by: Troy HowellMary Riskind
Release date: Mar 29, 1993
Number of Pages: 160
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A ten-year-old boy returns to his parents’ apple farm for the holidays after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Special Needs

27. Art; Learning Through Play

by: ScholasticNancy-Jo HerefordJane SchallBev Bos
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 80
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Study Aids > Children’s General Study Aids

28. Come in from the Cold

by: Marsha Qualey
Release date: Mar 18, 2008
Number of Pages: 224
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“I want yesterday.” That’s all seventeen-year-old Maud can say when she gets the news about her sister: Lucy’s dead, killed in a bomb blast. Without even a body to bury, Maud is left with only questions: How? Why? Maud’s search for answers leads her down the same path her sister took. But all she finds are empty words and more questions. Jeff struggles down a separate but parallel path. His brother, a Marine, has been called up to Vietnam. To the world, Jeff looks the part of a conservative preppy, but inside, he questions the war. But does questioning the war mean he doesn’t support his brother?
It’s 1969, and life in America has become an angry jumble of patriotism and rebellion, cynicism and hope. Jeff and Maud are caught up in the confusion. All they want is stability. What they get is each other. Hopefully, it’ll be enough.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Military & Wars

29. Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano (Scientists in the Field Series)

by: Kenneth Mallory
Release date: Oct 02, 2006
Number of Pages: 64
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Scientists have mapped less than 10 percent of the ridge of underwater mountains in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. It is here that 95 percent of the volcanic activity on earth occurs. And it is also where the scientist Rich Lutz has tracked the remarkable evolution of bizarre creatures that spawn in hydrothermal vent fluids that are poisonous to most other forms of life. How can life exist in this world of utter darkness?

For Rich Lutz, a pioneer in marine biology, each dive to the frontier of the deep holds the possibility of discovering more clues that might help us learn how life on earth began after our planet was formed billions of years ago.

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

30. Seashell Meditation for Children: The Ten Book Collection

by: Patricia May
Release date: Apr 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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A Seashell Meditation for Children combines the entire 10 story collection into one. Now you get 10 fun and interactive stories that introduces meditation for beginners in the form of a short story rhymes using a seashell as an interactive tool for focus and fun all in one book. Reading the story to the child will guide them through a creative journey as the story takes them to exciting places to use their imaginations and explore. With each story there is a QR code available to scan with your smart device for background meditation music and sounds while reading the book to the child. There are so many benefits of meditation. It helps to relax kids, teach mindfulness meditation and can create a practice that last a lifetime.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

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