Best Education & Reference Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 education & reference 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. Lemon the Duck

by: Laura BackmanLaurence Cleyet-Merle
Release date: Sep 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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(ages 3 – 7) This gorgeous picture book is based on the inspirational true story of Lemon the Pekin Duck, who was born in an elementary school classroom. Neurological issues make Lemon unable to walk, but with the support of a compassionate teacher and her students, Lemon is still able to become one happy duck. In the story, Ms. Lake and her class conduct an egg-hatching project in school and on the big day, welcome four little ducklings into the world. The students soon realize that the soft yellow one they named Lemon looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but cannot stand up and walk like a duck. They worry that Lemon won’t be happy if she is not able to do all the things ducks love to do, and work together to help Lemon thrive. When the time comes to tackle the challenge of encouraging Lemon to stand up, their creative ideas lead to a surprising solution, the recycling of an old doggie life vest, which, it turns out, makes the perfect duck harness. Through working with Lemon, the students share her in victories and learn that acceptance, love, and extra special care can go a long way. They also come to understand that her difference does not make Lemon any less special.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

2. Babies Need Books: Sharing the Joy of Books with Children from Birth to Six

by: Dorothy Butler
Release date: Feb 06, 1998
Number of Pages: 288
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This is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and librarians–indeed, for any adult eager to share with small children the pleasure books offer. Butler provides important guidelines for choosing appropriate books and recommends hundreds of titles.
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3. The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for School

by: Mike BerenstainMike Berenstain
Release date: Jun 23, 2015
Number of Pages: 16
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Brother and Sister Bear get ready for school in this exciting new lift-the-flap storybook. Young readers will love helping the Bears find their backpacks, books, and pencils all in time to catch the bus. Share in the hustle and bustle with the classic New York Times bestselling Berenstain Bears family!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

4. Before You Were Born (OSV Read-Along Book)

by: Joan Lowery NixonJames McIlrath
Release date: Jan 01, 1980
Number of Pages: 30
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This book will help children to learn about the time before you were born. Learn all about the universe and the living things God has created.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Catholicism

5. Angels, Angels Everywhere

by: Larry LibbyCorbert Gauthier
Release date: Dec 21, 2010
Number of Pages: 40
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Best-loved Somewhere Angels now revised and updated”

Why Can’t We See Angels?
What Do Angels Look Like?
Where are Angels When We Need Them?

Children have a natural ability to accept the reality of angels. And angels are very important in their lives. They are all around, and they are here to protect us. Using gentle and biblically-based text, author Larry Libby provides comforting answers to questions children (and adults) might ask about angels.
The warm, soft illustrations reassure young children that God’s special messengers are always near, and God created them to watch over all of us.
Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls.

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

6. Jake’s Brave Night: Biblical Values (I Can Read! / The Jake Series)

by: Crystal BowmanKaren Maizel
Release date: Jun 10, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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Jake is excited about having his own bedroom, but when it comes time to go to sleep, he is afraid of the dark and afraid of being alone. Jake tries to conquer his fears by turning on the bedroom light. When that doesn’t work, he takes his animals to bed with him. Then he tries crawling under his bed. When none of these methods work, he crawls back into bed and finally falls asleep. The next morning, when Jake tells his parents what happened, they get him a night light and remind him that God is with him all night long. The next night Jake has no trouble falling asleep.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Home Schooling

7. Green Plagues and Lamb: The Story of Moses and Pharaoh

by: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Release date: Jul 31, 2003
Number of Pages: 47
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Well-known author Kathy Bostrom offers this charming and delightful rendition of the biblical story of Moses, Pharaoh, and the exodus. Enchanting poetry characterized by remarkable sing-song rhymes and colorful, child-appealing artwork are combined to help children encounter God and connect the story to their own lives. All who relate to children–whether parents, teachers, or pastors–will find this book an essential and distinct addition to their collection of Bible stories for children.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Family

8. Pinkalicious: Story Time (I Can Read Level 1)

by: Victoria KannVictoria Kann
Release date: May 10, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Kann is back with a new I Can Read story featuring Pinkalicious!

Pinkalicious is surprised when the author of her favorite series, the Princess Plum books, turns out to be a man and not a princess! But after talking to him, she is inspired to write her own stories—and when she finds herself daydreaming about her ideas in class, Pinkalicious’s teacher decides to have a writing festival. Beginning readers will love seeing how Pinkalicious uses her imagination to write a pinkamazing story in this I Can Read adventure!

This 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 > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

9. Joseph the Dreamer (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible)

by: David Miles
Release date: Dec 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Joseph may be his father’s favorite son, but his brothers feel differently about him. So they sell him into slavery in Egypt. Will Joseph forgive his brothers? Can God turn a bad situation into a big blessing?

This is a Level Two I Can Read! book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. It aligns with guided reading level J and will be of interest to children Pre-K to 3rd grade.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Home Schooling

10. Brain-Powered Lessons to Engage All Learners Level K

by: LaVonna Roth
Release date: Jun 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 160
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Activate your kindergarteners’ brains and jumpstart learning with interactive, level-appropriate lessons across all content areas! Brain-Powered Lessons to Engage All Learners is a valuable teacher resource that provides necessary research and background information, including easy tips on how to fire up the brain. With strategies that range from incorporating movement and brainstorming to developing kinesthetic learning and content that includes rhyming, exploring your senses, parts of a book, and counting, your kindergarteners will dive into an engaging and motivating learning experience that includes formative assessments to evaluate student understanding after each lesson.

About Shell Education
Rachelle Cracchiolo started the company with a friend and fellow teacher. Both were eager to share their ideas and passion for education with other classroom leaders. What began as a hobby, selling lesson plans to local stores, became a part-time job after a full day of teaching, and eventually blossomed into Teacher Created Materials. The story continued in 2004 with the launch of Shell Education and the introduction of professional resources and classroom application books designed to support Teacher Created Materials curriculum resources. Today, Teacher Created Materials and Shell Education are two of the most recognized names in educational publishing around the world.

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Children’s Books

11. Fluffy’s Valentine’s Day (level 3) (Hello Reader)

by: Kate McMullanMavis Smith
Release date: Jan 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 40
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The kids in Ms. Day’s class want to give Fluffy a bath — and they want to find him a girlfriend, too! “Valentine’s Day, ” Fluffy says. “Who needs it?” But in the end, he has to admit that he’s one lovable pig.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

12. A Little Life of Jesus

by: Lois Rock
Release date: Feb 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 352
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This volume contains 12 stories about the life of Jesus, each with an introduction to link its meaning to the world of the child, and with a closing prayer to say or to ponder.
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Children’s Books > Religions > Christianity > Biographies

13. Lulu and the Witch Baby (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Jane O’ConnorBella Sinclair
Release date: Jul 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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It’s just not fair! No matter what a mess she makes, nobody ever gets mad at Witch Baby. Nobody except Lulu Witch, who cooks a magic brew that makes her baby sister disappear. But then she begins to worry that Mama Witch will get mad—very mad. Can Lulu wish Witch Baby back? Beginning readers will love this beautifully repackaged thirty-two-page edition of the classic tale from Fancy Nancy author Jane O’Connor about children learning to welcome new siblings, now with brand-new illustrations by Bella Sinclair.

With plenty of humor and witchy magic, Lulu and the Witch Baby is a level two I Can Read book, perfect for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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

14. 30 Minutes a Day: Preschool (30 Minute a Day Learning System)

by: Brighter Minds
Release date: Jul 31, 2006
Number of Pages: 373
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30 Minutes a Day: Preschool helps preschool-aged children learn and prepare for kindergarten in short lessons, about 30 minutes each, designed to work on a new lesson each day.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Study Aids

15. Mommy, May I Hug the Fish?: Biblical Values (I Can Read!)

by: Crystal BowmanDonna Christensen
Release date: Jun 10, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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Preschoolers want to explore their world but are not fully aware of harmful situations. When a loving parent or care-giver sets limits or gives permission, the child learns to respect his or her environment. Mommy, May I Hug the Fish addresses this subject in a humorous and age-appropriate way. The text is written in lively rhythm and rhyme and is designed for beginning readers.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Home Schooling

16. Pledge of Allegiance

by: Barbra Clack
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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For well over one hundred years, each school day across America children have stood to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and this illustrated book explains the meaning of the Pledge through paraphrases and beautiful drawings. It guides the reader through each part of the Pledge with meaningful, illuminated texts designed to spark questions and to build an understanding of the principles put forth. The author has taken the simple idea of a daily recitation and given children a fresh way to think about what they are saying.
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Children’s Books > History

17. My Weird School Goes to the Museum (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Dan GutmanJim Paillot
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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A new series of Level Two I Can Read titles based on Dan Gutman’s My Weird School series, which has sold more than 10 million books!

A.J. and Andrea are taking a class trip to the museum! Their museum guide has been warned that one of them might misbehave. But who will it be? Join A.J. and Andrea from Ella Mentry School on this hilarious field trip as they show young readers why they attend the weirdest—and most fun!—school around.

My Weird School Goes to the Museum 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 > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

18. The Princess Twins Play in the Garden (I Can Read! / Princess Twins Series)

by: Mona HodgsonJulie Olson
Release date: Dec 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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On a lovely day, two princess twins play with their friends in the castle garden. Princess Emma is concerned about looking pretty and stays out of the fun. When her concern about her looks hurts a friend, Emma must decide what is more important, looking good on the outside or having a kind heart. This level-one story teaches girls what it means to be a princess for the true King. A lesson in the importance of inner beauty.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Home Schooling

19. My First Pittsburgh Words Go Pitt

by: Connie McNamara
Release date: May 15, 2012
Number of Pages: 16
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Go Pitt is an introduction to the University of Pittsburgh for little ones. Colorful pages, combined with simple words, enhance a learning atmosphere for both child and parent. Early association with the spirit of Pittsburgh provides knowledge and excitement for future years.

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

20. Presidents’ Day

by: Margaret McNamaraMike Gordon
Release date: Dec 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Mrs. Connor’s class knows they have a holiday in February, but do they know what it really means? They will after they learn all about Presidents’ Day—and why it’s more than just a Monday off from school! The Robin Hill School series is an engaging favorite kids and teachers love, and the simple text and bright art in Presidents’ Day make for a wonderful read that is as fun as it is informative.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

21. The New Teacher’s Guide to Success (Professional Resources)

by: Mattew Haldeman
Release date: Mar 20, 2008
Number of Pages: 104
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Be well prepared to achieve success in your first years of teaching! This resource guide is perfect for teachers in all grades and contains a wealth of useful ideas and strategies as well as decision checklists and planning guides. Presented in an easy-to-use format, you’ll find answers to questions about classroom management, homework, communicating with parents, and more!

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Rachelle Cracchiolo started the company with a friend and fellow teacher. Both were eager to share their ideas and passion for education with other classroom leaders. What began as a hobby, selling lesson plans to local stores, became a part-time job after a full day of teaching, and eventually blossomed into Teacher Created Materials. The story continued in 2004 with the launch of Shell Education and the introduction of professional resources and classroom application books designed to support Teacher Created Materials curriculum resources. Today, Teacher Created Materials and Shell Education are two of the most recognized names in educational publishing around the world.

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Children’s Books

22. Finding Your Way Through the Bible – NRSV

by: Paul D Maves
Release date: May 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 175
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This self-instruction book was written to help middle and older elementary children become familiar with their Bibles and learn how to use them at their own speed.  Finding Your Way Through the Bible is intended to be used with the Abingdon Children’s NRSV Bible at home or in the classroom. Students completing this book will be able to:

  • Find any book in the Old or New Testaments using the Table of Contents
  • Find any chapter in any book and any verse in any chapter
  • Find parts of verses when the Bible reference uses the letters a, b, and c with a verse number
  • Tell the difference between books with similar names such as 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel and John and 1 John
  • Recognize the additional helps in a Bible and be able to use them
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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Children & Teens

23. 474 Science Activities for Young Children (Early Childhood Education)

by: Moira D. Green
Release date: Sep 22, 1995
Number of Pages: 458
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The children are in charge when the activities from this book are implemented! These child-initiated science projects incorporate whole language learning with a multi-cultural and anti-bias foundation. .
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Children’s Books

24. Amelia Bedelia Takes the Cake (I Can Read Level 1)

by: Herman ParishLynne Avril
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Learn to read with young Amelia Bedelia! Amelia Bedelia has been loved by readers for more than fifty years, and it turns out that her childhood is full of silly mix-ups, too! The star of the best-selling picture book series now has her own Level 1 I Can Read series that will keep newly independent readers laughing, reading, and expanding their vocabularies. In this sweet story, Amelia Bedelia and her friends organize a bake sale at school and learn the importance of giving back.

Amelia Bedelia and her friends are hosting a bake sale. All the proceeds from the sale will go to their school library. But Amelia Bedelia doesn’t understand why she should take the cake. She’d much rather eat it! Amelia Bedelia and her friends learn about the basic concepts of brownies, business, and the importance of giving back, in this Level 1 I Can Read full of friendship, community, and yummy desserts!

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

25. Beginning With God (I Can Know God)

by: Gorrell NancyMarianne Page Smith
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 40
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Have you ever looked sceptically over the brightly coloured picture books at your local Christian bookstore, wondering about their theology? That’s where Nancy Gorrell, an OP pastor’s wife in Schenectady, New York, found herself six years ago. Where would she find the right books to introduce her children to the truths of the faith?

Nancy took up the challenge by writing for her own children. Then her husband encouraged her to seek a publisher. Marianne Smith supplied the illustrations for her friend’s book. Christian Focus Publications of Scotland agreed to publish her work as a series of three books. The first one, Beginning with God, covers God, the Bible, and the Trinity.

There is nothing dry or boring about this book. Nancy brings a contagious delight to her topic as she distils the great truths of God’s Word. Discussing God, she answers such questions as “What does God look like?” “Will God always be here?” “Is God perfect?” and “Is God always fair?”

The last subject she tackles is the Trinity. Nancy gently leads us through one of the Scripture’s deepest and most challenging truths, answering one question after another.

This book would make a great baptism gift. You might also give it to young parents who have inquired about Christianity without having made a definite commitment.

You can also read Meeting with God, the second book which covers the topics of creation, Jesus, and the salvation, should be out this fall. Living with God, the third book which covers worship, heaven, obedience, and prayer. These books will be valuable resources for families and churches for years to come.

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Children’s Books > Religions > Christianity

26. Jake Helps Out: Biblical Values (I Can Read! / The Jake Series)

by: Crystal BowmanKaren Maizel
Release date: Jun 10, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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Jake is excited about going to the beach with Mother, Father, and his little sister, Kelly. He wants to help out so they can be on their way. After spilling the milk, breaking a plate, and sloshing pickle juice in the picnic basket, he finally goes to his room feeling like he’s just in the way. While waiting for Mother and Father to finish the chores, he reads books to Kelly. When they get to the beach, Jake helps Kelly build a sand castle and teaches her how to swim. At the end of the day, Mother and Father explain to Jake that he was a big helper even though he didn’t realize it.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Home Schooling

27. Chicken Soup for Little Souls The New Kid and the Cookie Thief (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

by: Lisa McCourtMary Young
Release date: Oct 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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For a shy girl like Julie, there couldn’t be anything worse than the very first day at a brand new school. What if the kids don’t like her? What if no one ever talks to her at all? Julie’s big sister has some advice — and a plan — that just might help. But will Julie be too scared to even give it a try?

Little souls will cheer for Julie and celebrate her transformation as a terrible day turns into a wonderful one in this tender story of overcoming limitations. And the funny, surprise ending will help readers realize that no matter how bad a situation seems, a happy solution is always close at hand.

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

28. Holy Spirit In Me (Childrens Bible Basics)

by: Carolyn NystromEira Reeves
Release date: Sep 10, 1993
Number of Pages: 30
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The Holy Spirit is sent to help us live the way God wants us to every day. He lives inside us to instruct us and teach us.This book will help Christian children understand the purpose of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Questions are answered simply and directly, and beautiful illustrations aid comprehension.
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Children’s Books > Religions > Christianity

29. Say Goodnight!: Level 1 (Easy-to-Read, Puffin)

by: Harriet Ziefert
Release date: Apr 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 32
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A little girl who hates to go to bed and also hates to get up is told by her parents all the good things about doing both.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

30. U. S. Symbols (First Step Nonfiction (Paperback))

by: Ann-Marie Kishel
Release date: Jan 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 24
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This social studies text offers emergent readers an introduction to the symbols of the United States.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Government

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