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ABCs to 123s and everything in between.
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Basic Concepts

Basic Concepts

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Books about ABCs, 123s, Colors & Shapes

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A Color of His Own - Leo Lionni
Preschoolers will delight in the illustrations and fall in love with the adorable chameleon who is trying to find a color of his very own.

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Backseat A-B-See - Maria Van Lieshout
A great example of environmental print as this alphabet is composed entirely of road signs -- all things a toddler can see from the back seat! - Robin, Youth Services

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Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five - Valorie Fisher
This book covers the alphabet, counting, opposites, shapes, colors, and seasons and uses bright photos of retro toys to illustrate these topics.

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Museum ABC - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Unique and colorful. Introduces children to more works of art using the alphabet.

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One Pup's Up - Marsha Wilson Chall
Rhyming text counts off ten puppies as they awaken one by one, chase and bounce around the house, eat kibble and get washed, then fall back to sleep.

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin
"Pete's mellow attitude throughout this colorful and upbeat book cracks me up." - Tamara, Web Content Librarian

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Shout! Shout it out! - Denise Fleming
This book takes basic concepts like letters, numbers and colors and encourages readers to shout out what they know!


Books about Days, Weeks, Years, Seasons & Time

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All In a Day - Cynthia Rylant
A good morning-time book to read before getting out of bed.

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Monday Is One Day - Arthur A. Levine
A rhyming countdown of the days of the week as a father and child find ways to spend time together while waiting for the weekend.

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Tell Me the Day Backwards - Albert Lamb
A great bedtime book where Timmy Bear remembers everything he did during the day, but in reverse order.

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Telling Time - Patricia J. Murphy
A brief history of time keeping and clock making.

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Red Sings from treetops: A Year in Colors - Joyce Sidman
"Different colors provide different sensory experiences depending on the season in this gorgeous picture book of poetry." - Becky, Teen Librarian

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Very Hairy Bear - Alice Schertle
"! The Very Hairy Bear goes through a year of seasons. The soft illustrations, poetic language, and hilarious expression of the bear would make this a great readaloud or gift." - Becky, Teen Librarian


Books about Same & Opposites, Shapes & Patterns

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Same Same - Marthe Jocelyn
Finding common characteristics in different creatures and objects. A clever introduction to similarities.

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Big, Bigger, Biggest! - Nancy Coffelt
'Delightful, bright, and simple book that illustrates synonyms and opposites. Great vocabulary builder: it's not every picture book that features the word "lackadaisical"!" - Becky, Teen Librarian

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Chicken Big - Keith Graves
A giant chicken is born and confuses the not-so-bright chickens in the hen house who think she is an elephant... or an umbrella... or a blanket.

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Perfect Square - Michael Hall
"Brilliant. Various things happen to the square (snipped to ribbons, shattered, torn in scraps, shredded) and each time it transforms itself into something new (a bridge, a garden, a park, a river.)" - Robin, Youth Services Librarian

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My Heart Is Like a Zoo - Michael Hall
"All the animals are made of heart shapes (over 300 hearts in all). This invites lots of counting, observation, and shape recognition....Oh, and similes." - Becky, Teen Librarian


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