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Alphabet & Counting Books

Numbers and letters are the building blocks of all education. Students would never learn differential calculus if they weren't first taught to count, and they wouldn't read The Brothers Karamazov if they didn't know their ABCs long before. It stands to reason, then, that if we want to raise children who actually enjoy learning, we'll do our best to make their first steps on that path fun and exciting.

What could be more exciting than a dinosaur for every letter of the alphabet? or three bipedal animals teaching basic counting? or showing kids how to count from one to ten....in Swahili? Some of the best children's illustrators have supplied artwork for books like these, so that young readers are actually learning to identify numerals and letters while absorbing beautiful and engaging pictures.

Some titles are even more educational than just teaching the basics—a series from Sleeping Bear Press offers stunningly illustrated "state alphabets" which teach kids each letter A-Z through U.S. state-specific words and phrases. For example, T is for Tar-Heel is a North Carolina alphabet; B is for Beaver State uses Oregon words. We don't carry them all yet, but there's an alphabet book for each of the fifty states.

We really don't think kids should be committed to learning simply because it's fun. There are times in anyone's academic career (whether as a kindergartner or graduate student) when learning is difficult and a drudgery. But we're more likely to end up with children who enjoy picking up a book or completing a math lesson if we make it a positive experience from the outset—the books in this category can help toward that end.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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1 is One
by Tasha Tudor
from Little Simon
for Nursery-Preschool
1957 Caldecott Honor Book
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$7.99
1,2,3 To the Zoo
by Eric Carle
Reprint from PaperStar Books
for Nursery-1st grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$6.99
A is for Adam
by Ken Ham, Mally Ham
from Master Books
for 1st-2nd grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: CPB-08A)
$13.59
A is for Africa
by Ifeoma Onyefulu
Reprint from Puffin Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
A is for America
by Devin Scillian
1st edition from Sleeping Bear Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$7.50 (2 in stock)
A is for Anabelle
by Tasha Tudor
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Nursery-Preschool
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$7.99
A is for Atom
by Greg Paprocki
Brdbk from Gibbs M. Smith
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$9.99
A is for Axel
by Kurt Browning
1st edition from Sleeping Bear Press
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
ABC Bunny
by Wanda Gág
from University of Minnesota
Word Books for 1st-3rd grade
1934 Newbery Honor Book
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$14.95
ABC Mazes - Activity Book
from Dover Publications
for Nursery-1st grade
in Dover Little Activity Books (Location: A02-DLA)
$1.50
ABC of Canada
by Kim Bellefontaine
Reprint from Kids Can Press
for Preschool-1st grade
in Canada (Location: B02-05C)
ABC with Winnie-the Pooh
by Ernest H. Shepard
from Egmont
for Nursery-1st grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
ABCs of Art
by Julie Aigner-Clark
from Hyperion Press
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Alphabet Book
by P. D. Eastman
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$3.99 $2.00 (1 in stock)
Alphabet City
by Stephen T. Johnson
First Edition from Viking Press
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Animal Alphabet Follow-the-Dots - Activity Book
from Dover Publications
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dover Little Activity Books (Location: A02-DLA)
$1.50
Animalia
by Graeme Base
from Puffin Books
for Kindergarten-3rd
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$7.99
Animalia
by Graeme Base
from Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
for Kindergarten-3rd
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$7.00 (2 in stock)
Anno's Counting Book
by Mitsumasa Anno
from HarperCollins
for Preschool-1st grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$6.99
Ashanti to Zulu
by Margaret Musgrove, Leo & Diane Dillon
from Puffin Books
Word Books for 2nd-5th grade
1977 Caldecott Medal winner
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$6.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Australia ABCs
Country ABCs
by Sarah Heiman
from Picture Window Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$8.95
B is for Beaver
by Marie & Roland Smith
from Sleeping Bear Press
for nursery-3rd grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$17.95 $8.00 (1 in stock)
B is for Bedu
by Fay Gabriel
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Baboushka and the Three Kings
by Ruth Robbins, Nicolas Sidjakov (Illustrator)
from Houghton Mifflin
Word Books for Preschool-2nd grade
1961 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Cache of Jewels
by Ruth Heller
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Count to 10 with a Mouse
by Margaret Wise Brown
from Parragon Publishing
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Curious George Learns the Alphabet
by H. A. Rey
from Houghton Mifflin
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
D is For Dinosaur
by Ken & Mally Ham
from Master Books
for Nursery-1st grade
in Dinosaurs & Fossils (Location: BSR-11B)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Doodling Dragons
from Pedia Learning, Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Logic of English (Location: B13-00A)
$15.00
Dr. Seuss's ABC
by Dr. Seuss
1st edition from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$8.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Dr. Seuss's ABC Board Book
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$4.99
E Is for Ethiopia
World Alphabets
by Ashenafi Gudeta, Dama Boru, Betelhem Abate, Ataklti Mulu
from Frances Lincoln
for 1st-3rd grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Eating the Alphabet
by Lois Ehlert
from Voyager Paperbacks
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Farmer's Alphabet
by Mary Azarian
9th edition from David R. Godine
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$15.95 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Fish is Fish
by Leo Lionni
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
From Akebu to Zapotec
by June Hathersmith
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Church History for Kids (Location: CPB-07C)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
From Arapesh to Zuni
by Karen Lewis
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
Picture Book Biography for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Church History for Kids (Location: CPB-07C)
$2.50 (2 in stock)
Fun with ABC Stencils
from Dover Publications
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dover Little Activity Books (Location: A02-DLA)
$1.99
G is for Goat
by Patricia Polacco
from Puffin Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$6.99
G is for Golden
by David Domeniconi
1St Edition from Sleeping Bear Press
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
G is for Googol
by David M. Schwartz
from Scholastic Press
for Grades 3-4
in Math Picture Books (Location: B08-07B)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Bright & Early Books
by Al Perkins
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$8.99 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Harold's ABC
by Crockett Johnson
from HarperCollins
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
How Much is a Million?
by David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg
from HarperCollins
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
How Much Is a Million?
by David M. Schwartz
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Icky Bug Alphabet Board Book
by Jerry Pallotta
from Charlesbridge
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$7.95
Insect Wonderland
by Sybil Kent Kane
from One World Press
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Invitation to Butterfly Ball
by Jane Yolen
from Philomel Books
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
J is for Jazz
by Greg Paprocki
Brdbk from Gibbs M. Smith
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$9.99
Jambo Means Hello
by Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings (Illustrator)
from Puffin Books
Alphabet Books for Preschool-1st grade
1975 Caldecott Honor Book
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$6.99
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