Best Education & Reference Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 education & reference books for 5 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. Carla’s Sandwich

by: Debbie HermanSheila Bailey
Release date: Jun 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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This charming story presents a new way for young children to understand how to creatively embrace who they are, no matter what others think. Carla’s lunch box is filled with odd delights like the Olive, Pickle and Green Bean Sandwich, the Banana-Cottage-Cheese Delight, and the unforgettable Chopped Liver, Potato Chips, and Cucumber Combo. To Carla, they are delicious and creative lunches, but her teasing classmates are unconvinced and abandon her at the lunch table to eat her bizarre sandwiches alone. One day, however, tables turn when Buster—the worst tease of all—forgets his lunch on the day of the picnic and Carla thoughtfully offers him her extra sandwich. Her own spirited nature helps Carla teach her classmates that “unusual” can actually be good. Lively illustrations help showcase the book’s messages of acceptance, tolerance, individuality, and creativity, and the funny plot and authentic dialogue are sure to make this tale a favorite among elementary school children. Carla’s creative sandwich solutions provide young chefs-to-be with the inspiration to create sandwich masterpieces of their own.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

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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Children’s Books

3. DK EWD WHALES AND DOLPHINS (Eye Wonder)

by: PRENTICE HALL
Release date: Jun 02, 2003
Number of Pages: 48
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A precursor to DK’s award-winning Eyewitness series, Eye Wonder was specially developed for children aged five plus, featuring astonishing photography exhibiting subjects within their natural setting, offering a whole new level of information through powerful images. Each title in the series now contains educational activities including true and false questions, quizzes, matching games, and mazes. Vocabulary is accessible to young readers, with the meanings of new, subject-related words clearly explained. The combination of visuals and informative, accurate text will hook even those children who usually avoid books.

Eye Wonder: Whales and Dolphins presents young readers with a wealth of information about these beautiful mammals including where they live, what they eat, how they breed, and the ways in which humans and the environment threaten their very existence.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

4. I’m a Little Teapot! Presenting Preschool Storytime

by: Jane Cobb
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 250
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This comprehensive resource to the best picture books, nonfiction, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, action rhymes, and craft ideas for preschool storytime is ideal for children’s librarians, preschool and primary teachers, and parents. It contains references to 1,000 beloved books for children ages three to five, along with the complete text for 500 action rhymes. Practical program planning and presentation tips, an extensive listing of further resources, and a first-line index to the rhymes provide invaluable solutions for an old dilemma—how to keep preschoolers’ attention long enough to enjoy and make story-time worthwhile for all.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

5. No Shoes

by: Marie Clay
Release date: Feb 24, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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New full-color alternative to Sand and Stones, this “Concepts About Print” test can be used with the new entrant or nonreader, enabling the child to point to certain features as the examiner reads the book.

An Observation Survey presents the theoretical background, administration details, and scoring interpretation of the tests.

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

6. ABC School’s for Me!

by: Susan B. KatzLynn Munsinger
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Get ready for school with this clever, rhyming alphabet story illustrated by bestselling artist Lynn Munsinger!

Alphabet from A to Z.
Books that are just right for me.
Crayons for coloring in my hand.
Dump trucks playing in the sand.

Cuddle up with your little bear and enjoy this rhyming read-aloud chock-full of the ABCs of school. There’s so much alphabet to explore!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

7. Before You Were Born

by: Joan Lowery NixonRebecca J. Heaston
Release date: Mar 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 31
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A warm story, a clear message on how — and when — life begins Introduce your child to the miracle of life through a loving lesson with God as its foundation. Poetic phrases teach the stages of development in the womb with age-appropriate accuracy. Children will delight in learning what their heartbeat sounded like, when their eyelashes formed, and how their hiccups felt to Mom. Before You Were Born is more than biology, however. With carefully chosen words and simple logic, it presents the truth about life at its conception: At that moment, each child already has been formed, known, and loved by God. This important message is wrapped in a tender tale your child will want to hear again and again. Teach your child right from the start the value of life as it develops in the womb ? and continues developing beyond. Snuggle up and share this amazing story that imparts reverence, respect, and joy for what God has created.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living

8. DK EWD VOLCANO (Eye Wonder)

by: PRENTICE HALL
Release date: Jun 02, 2003
Number of Pages: 48
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A precursor to DK’s award-winning Eyewitness series, Eye Wonder was specially developed for children aged five plus, featuring astonishing photography exhibiting subjects within their natural setting, offering a whole new level of information through powerful images. Each title in the series now contains educational activities including true and false questions, quizzes, matching games, and mazes. Vocabulary is accessible to young readers, with the meanings of new, subject-related words clearly explained. The combination of visuals and informative, accurate text will hook even those children who usually avoid books.

How hot is molten lava? How are volcanoes formed? What happened with the volcano in Pompeii? In Eye Wonder: Volcano discover the answers to these questions and more, and learn about the inner workings of one of Earth’s most terrifying natural phenomenons.

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

9. Spanish Picture Word Book (Dover Children’s Language Activity Books)

by: Hayward CirkerBarbara Steadman
Release date: Jan 07, 1994
Number of Pages: 32
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Here’s a pleasant and effective way for students of Spanish to build and strengthen vocabulary skills. The book consists of 15 carefully rendered scenes, each devoted to a different theme or topic:
En el Zoológico (At the Zoo)
En la Finica (On the Farm)
El Cuarto de Niña (Girl’s Bedroom)
El Cuarto de Niño (Boy’s Bedroom)
La Clase (Classroom)
La Sala de Estar (Living Room)
El Cuarto de Baño (Bathroom)
En la Cena (At Dinner)
El Supermercado (Supermarket)
En la Playa (At the Beach)
… and five more.
Each illustration contains dozens of common objects, clearly labeled in Spanish. By studying the illustrations, students can learn over 500 words for common household items, clothing, foods, vehicles, furniture, names of animals, parts of the body, types of stores, and public buildings and many more.
To help reinforce words and meanings, all the scenes in this book are ideal for coloring. In addition, a complete list of Spanish words (with definite articles) and English translations will be found at the back of the book. The result is an attractive and useful language resource that will appeal to any student of basic Spanish, child or adult.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Foreign Language Learning > Spanish

10. Taking Cystic Fibrosis to School

by: Cynthia S. HenryTom DineenTom DineenCynthia S. HenryTom Dineen
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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These beautifully illustrated and fun-to-read storybooks simplify and normalize complicated childhood conditions, like cystic fibrosis. When read aloud, other children can identify why a peer may be treated differently and begin to empathize with them. In addition, children whose conditions set them apart as being different begin to feel accepted and safe. Each book includes a Kids’ Quiz to reinforce new information and Ten Tips for Teachers to provide additional facts and ideas for teacher use.

In Taking Cystic Fibrosis to School, Jessie explains to her classmates that even though she has cystic fibrosis, she can still attend school.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Illness

11. Bip, Bop, and Boo Skills for Starting School: I’m Ready for School

by: DK
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 18
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Supports the PBS KIDS mission.

Get ready to play, get ready to learn, get ready for school.

This book is designed to support childhood development through the early years. The themes in I’m Ready for School enable a child to learn key skills and knowledge in the comfortable context of play, exploration, and discussion about real-life experiences. Key concepts such as morning routines, eating breakfast, and matching shoes, to colors, shapes, and opposites are all covered in I’m Ready for School to inspire learning and support language skills, social skills, and physical and knowledge development.

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

12. Brain-Powered Lessons to Engage All Learners Level 1

by: LaVonna Roth
Release date: Jun 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 160
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Activate your first graders’ 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 sorting shapes and drawing comparisons between characters, and understanding weather, your first graders 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

13. Mary

by: Brian Wildsmith
Release date: Feb 07, 2002
Number of Pages: 28
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In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Brian Wildsmith tells the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, in a series of vivid scenes, framed with gold. We see the touching story of Mary’s parents, the birth and childhood of Mary, her marriage to Joseph and the visit by the angel Gabriel. We travel with Mary to Bethlehem and witness the magic of the Christmas story. We join with Mary as she experiences the tragedy of the cross, and the joy of the resurrection. Finally we see her assumption, and her crowning as Queen of Heaven. This highly decorative picture book has been carefully, and lovingly, researched, and provides the reader with beautifully imagined domestic scenes of Mary as a child, a wife, and a mother. Brian Wildsmith is one of the most venerable figures in children’s illustration today and celebrates forty years of publishing with OUP in 2002 – a truly remarkable achievement. His first book, “Brian Wildsmith’s ABC”, which was first published in 1962 is still in print today.
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Biographies & Memoirs

14. Ranger Kids Handbook

by: GPH Gospel Publishing House
Release date: Apr 25, 2002
Number of Pages: 128
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Ranger Kids Handbook is designed for boys and their parents. It provides uniform information and requirements, and checkoff lists for all trails and achievement awards. It also features a chapter summarizing the story of the Biblea great evangelistic tool for parents who are not in the church.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Spiritual Growth

15. Babies in the Library!

by: Jane Marino
Release date: Dec 28, 2002
Number of Pages: 160
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Eclectic library reading programs for young children have blossomed across the nation over the last decade, encouraging in toddlers a fondness for the library and an excitement for the caches of books to be found there. Likewise, in an effort to promote a love of language in babies as young as three months old, scores of early childhood initiatives are beginning to sprout as well.

Aimed at children’s librarians and other professionals who work with very young children, this librarian-tested sourcebook provides complete programs that spotlight the value and necessity of singing, speaking, and reading to babies in their earliest months. Ten ready-to-use programs are divided for their intended audience: five for “pre-walkers” and five for walkers. Marino combines rhymes involving body movement, songs, fingerplays, circle games, and books in ways that teach interaction skills with young children and help to enrich their language and enhance their listening capabilities.

Several of the rhymes are repeated in a take-home section to aid librarians and others in charge of children’s programs to present parents and caregivers with the tools they need to use rhymes and activities whenever and wherever they want. A helpful bibliography lists the best picture books, programming books, rhyme collections, and numerous recordings that are suitable for very young children. The captivating activities in Babies in the Library! will delight the youngest library users while making it easy for librarians to create programs for this important and growing segment of the library population.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

16. Cain & Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace

by: Sandy Eisenberg SassoJoani Keller Rothenberg
Release date: Jan 21, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Multicultural, Nondenominational, Nonsectarian Endorsed by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Religious Leaders

A spiritual conversation-starter for adults and children to read together.

“A very long time ago, when the world was new…two children walked in God’s garden called Earth. One was named Cain, the other, Abel. They were the first children. The first brothers.”

We know the story well. But what can it mean for us—and for our children—today? Award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso recasts the biblical tale of Cain and Abel in a way that invites adults and kids to a conversation about anger and our power to deal with it in positive ways.

Cain and Abel were born into God’s garden called Earth, a world of bright days for working in their fields and peaceful nights to share the stories of their dreams. The first children, the first brothers, they were so much alike yet so different—Cain a shepherd, Abel a farmer.

They lived side by side, surrounded by trees where wonderful, exotic fruits of many kinds grew: everywhere orapples, rasdew, and banangerines ripened all on a single branch. The air was sweet with the smell of pinango, limeberry, and waterloupe.

But jealousy, anger, and fear took all this away. Cain and Abel’s happiness came to an end, and with it, the trees’ ability to grow these special fruits.

In a world often hurt by violence, this retold biblical story gives children and adults a starting point for discussing anger and its effects on those around us. By harnessing the power we have to deal with our emotions in positive ways, we can once again cultivate the fruits of peace—and change the world for the better.

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

17. A Collection of Lakota Children’s Songs Vol.1

by: Lakota Language Consortium
Release date: Dec 18, 2009
Number of Pages: 15
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15 Lakota Children’s Song including favorites such as: the Alphabet Song, BINGO, Days of the Week, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle, and many more. This is a great collection- and a great way to learn the language. Use in the classroom or at home. The kids will love it. Songs are sung by some of Lakota Country’s best singers including Kevin Locke and Wilmer Mesteth and with help from Ben Black Bear, Verdelia American Horse, and many others.

1. Knee Bouncing Song
2. Alphabet Song
3. Counting song
4. Colors Song
5. Days of the Week Song
6. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
7. Itsy Bitsy Spider
8. Brother John
9. Bingo
10. Hosísipa Olówan
11. Lift up Song
12. Rabbit Song
13. Prairie Chicken Song
14. Lakota Language Song
15. Lullaby

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Arts & Photography > Music

18. Collins World Atlas Sticker Book (Collins Sticker Books)

by: Collins UK
Release date: Jun 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Packed with amazing colorful maps, this amazing atlas will provide fun to young explorers and adventurers

A balanced mix of colorful maps, stickers, and facts combine to make this atlas a perfect combination of learning and fun. With more than 200 reusable stickers, it’s the perfect way to introduce the world of geography to young children. Maps show country boundaries and names are clear and uncluttered, making a base for the sticker activities. It’s the perfect activity book to help develop a better understanding of where places are, how people travel, what people eat, and why countries develop.

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

19. Fighting Fires – Level 1 (See More Readers)

by: Seymour Simon
Release date: Jun 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Book by Simon, Seymour
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Social Skills

20. Forces and Movement (Straightforward Science)

by: Peter D. Riley
Release date: Sep 11, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Forces and Movement looks at the different forces from gravity to friction and the effects they have on objects and their movement. The Earth and Space explores how the Earth moves around the Sun and its position in space as a whole. Both books consider how the ancient Greeks explained these phenomena and why the work of people like Newton and Galileo led their ideas to be reinterpreted.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Physics

21. Hoo Hoo Hoo! Merry Christmas!

by: Amanda Kleback
Release date: Apr 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Hoo Hoo Hoo!! Merry Christmas! is the story of Hoo Hoo the Bear learning about Christmas and the polish tradition of Wiglia. Hoo Hoo finds himself in his family’s barn at midnight on Christmas day talking to the animals! Celebrating family, tradition, and the magic of Christmas, Hoo Hoo Hoo!! Merry Christmas! is sure to be a holiday staple for children for years to come.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

22. Key Words Boys And Girls

by: Ladybird
Release date: Jun 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 56
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In book 3b, Peter and Jane help their mum and dad in 36 new words including ‘rabbits’, ‘play’, ‘cake’ and ‘school’. Once this book has been completed, the child moves on to book 3c.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

23. Key Words Look At This

by: Ladybird
Release date: Jun 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 56
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Book 1b follows on from 1a and introduces 16 new words, including ‘toys’, ‘has’, ‘trees’ and ‘ball’. Once this book has been completed, the child moves on to book 3b.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

24. Key Words Where We Go

by: Ladybird
Release date: Jun 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 56
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In book 5a, follow Peter and Jane on a fun day out in 46 new words including ‘soon’, ‘said’, ‘pull’ and ‘talk’. Once this book is completed, the child moves on to book 5b.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

25. Shoptalk: Learning to Write with Writers

by: Donald Murray
Release date: Jan 01, 1990
Number of Pages: 207
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Both practicing and would-be writers are endlessly fascinated by what other writers have to say about the demands of their craft and their own methods of writing. In Shoptalk, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Murray has collected quotations from over 450 classic and contemporary writers that reveal the myriad stages writers pass through to completion of a work. But this is more than a book of quotations; Murray has organized the writers’ testimony into sixteen thematic categories and provided introductory essays that offer his own point of view and experiences to give direction and framework to the collection.

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Children’s Books

26. Spot Loves School

by: Eric HillEric Hill
Release date: May 12, 2015
Number of Pages: 10
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Enjoy the first day of school with Spot!

It’s Spot’s first day of school! He and his friends sing together, play together, and read together. When it’s time to go home, Spot can’t wait to come back tomorrow! Young readers will love going to school with their favorite puppy Spot.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

27. What Is Love?

by: Etan BoritzerRobbie Marantz
Release date: Feb 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 40
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WHAT IS LOVE? is a way for children to discover how we all share many of the same needs and concerns in life, especially the need for love! This book communicates a message of multiculturalism and diversity as the means by which goals of understanding and tolerance can be reached. A sincere yet playful message for appreciating one of life’s tenderest emotions through which children can ponder the total human experience of honest caring and good will.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Emotions & Feelings

28. 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

29. Collins Easy Learning Age 5-7 — Comprehension Ages 5-7: New Edition

by: Collins Easy Learning
Release date: Jun 26, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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This practice book will build essential skills through activity-packed fun. The activities are designed to give children a real sense of achievement. This helps to boost their confidence and develop good learning habits for life. This fun range of Maths and English activity books really helps to boost your child’s progress at every stage of their learning. Each activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement.

• Helps to boost confidence and develop good learning habits for life.
• Motivates children to learn at home using colourful activities that make learning fun.
• Includes helpful tips and answers so that you easily support your child’s learning at home.

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Children’s Books

30. World Of Dinosaurs (Discovery Kids)

by: Parragon Books
Release date: Apr 24, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Find out how AWESOME dinosaurs really were on an ACTIVITY-PACKED journey back through time Learn incredible dinosaur facts! Doodle, draw, and complete amazing activites! With 300 colorful dinosaur stickers!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

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