Books for Preschool - 2nd
Alphabet and Counting Books
Favorite Alphabet Books
Alphabet books come in all shapes and sizes! Some are designed
to help children with letter and sound recognition, while
others are designed to showcase the work of an illustrator
or just to have fun with the alphabet. Here are some of
Base, Graeme - Animalia
This book presents a delightful puzzle for primary grade students.
Each alliterative passage (i.e. lazy lions lounging in the
local library) is illustrated by a magnificent painting filled
with objects beginning with the corresponding letter. How many
items can you identify?
Cohen, Izhar - ABCDiscovery: An Alphabet Book of Picture
Fun for both beginners and independent readers, each two-page
spread shows a list of 10 to 20 words beginning with a letter
as well as a large color illustration that includes all of
the listed words for the readers to find.
Demarest, Chris L. - Firefighters A to Z
This story follows a team of firefighters from the call of
the alarm through their work to extinguish a house fire. The
text is accompanied by dramatic artwork that comes alive with
the yellows and oranges of the fire as the firefighters work.
Ehlert, Lois - Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables
from A to Z
Take a colorful tour of the world of fruits and vegetables
with this appetizing alphabet book. Large block letters in
upper and lower case are accompanied by fruit and veggie names,
also in both upper and lower case. A glossary in the back tells
more about the featured foods.
Fain, Kathleen - Handsigns: A Sign Language Alphabet
Readers are introduced to both the English and the manual
alphabet in this unusual ABC book. Each large, color illustration
of an animal is paired with the corresponding letter in upper
and lower case, and an inset picture of a hand forming the
sign for the letter.
Hobbie, Holly - Toot & Puddle: Puddle's
Puddle the pig tries to teach Otto how to write his name by
painting pictures to illustrate each letter. After learning
the letters, Otto practices writing his name and discovers
that he and his friend Toot have a lot in common!
Horenstein, Henry - Arf! Beg! Catch!: Dogs from A to
Glorious full-page photos show dogs in action as they catch,
jump and scratch their way through the alphabet. Upper and
lower case letters, along with the words being illustrated,
accompany the joyful pictures which are guaranteed to leave
a smile on your face!
Lester, Mike - A Is for Salad
ABC-ers will be in on the joke when the pictures seem to conflict
with the words in this unusual alphabet book.
For instance, they'll be quick to spot the elephant dressed
in large pink pajamas illustrating the "E is for pajamas" page.
McDonnell, Flora - Flora
Bold, over-sized paintings and upper and lower case letters
are featured in this title. Each two-page spread contains a
word in capital letters illustrated by a large picture and
a word in lower case letters illustrated by a small picture.
Magee, Doug - All Aboard ABC
One of our most
popular books! Full-page color photos illustrate the alphabet
from Amtrak to engineer to "zipping along
tracks," making this a wonderful ride for all train fans.
Martin, Bill - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Children love to chant along with the verse as the letters
climb to the top of the coconut tree. This is one of the most
energetic and colorful books in the collection, and a great
way to learn the alphabet! Chicka chicka boom boom, will there
be enough room?
Rey, H.A. - Curious George Learns the Alphabet
Miss Lori's favorite alphabet book, the man in the
yellow hat introduces Curious George to the upper and lower
case letters of the alphabet. The letters themselves form the
basis for the pictures, and you'll enjoy seeing the letters
transformed into various objects and animals, from alligators
Williams, Laura E. - ABC Kids
Each letter of the alphabet is featured in a full-page, color
photo of a young child interacting with an object representing
that letter. A large capital letter and the word being illustrated
are included on each page. Colorful, fun and great for beginners!
Favorite Counting Books
Counting books also come in all varieties. Many teach the
basic numbers from 1 – 10. Others count down from 10, go
beyond 10 to the teen numbers and a few count all the way
up to 100. Here are some of our favorites:
Barbie 1 2 3 Book
This oversized book provides
limitless counting opportunities within its detailed color
photos! Count page-by-page up to
20, then by tens to one hundred, and finally to one thousand.
Duke, Kate - Twenty is Too Many
When 10 guinea pigs are afloat in a boat, readers count down
one by one as the guinea pigs disembark. The principles of
subtraction are introduced in this simple and fun concept book.
Beginners will appreciate her earlier book, One Guinea Pig
Is Not Enough, which counts up to 10 and introduces the concept
Edwards, Pamela Duncan - Roar!: A Noisy Counting Book
lion cub wanders away from home looking for a playmate, and
counts the animals that he meets. This basic counting book
covers the numbers 1 – 10, but the fun is in the rhyming
text and the playful illustrations of the African savannah
animals he encounters.
Golding, Kim - Counting Kids
Each number from
1 – 10 is accompanied by a bright color
photograph of children illustrating that number. Just right
for beginners to count along!
Gerth, Melanie - Ten Little Ladybugs
Colorful, three-dimensional ladybugs on each page help bring
this counting book to life! Readers count down the ladybugs
from 10 as they disappear one by one with the turn of each
page. Beginners can start at the back of the book and count
their way up to 10.
Hoban, Tana - Let's
Hoban's award-winning color photography and the clear,
simple layout make this an outstanding counting book! For the
beginner, the first pages feature large numbers paired with
full-page color photos that illustrate each number. For the
more advanced student, the book continues with the numbers
from 11 – 20 and then by tens to 50.
Isadora, Rachel - 123 Pop!
In a tribute to
pop art, illustrator Isadora uses the color and energy of that
art style to bring numbers to life. Although
almost wordless, there's plenty to count and appreciate
as the vibrant illustrations take you from 1 to 20, and then
to 100, 500, 1,000 and finally 1,000,000.
Lavis, Steve - Cock-a-Doodle-Doo: A Farmyard Counting
Young readers will get plenty of practice counting
up to ten as they keep track of the various oinking, clucking
farm animals which make up one very noisy farm.
MacDonald, Suse - Look
Wise old owl counts the animals she encounters on her moonlight
flight. As she counts up to ten, the numbers are revealed to
sharp-eyed readers in the paper-cut illustrations of this Caldecott
Honor Medal artist.
McGrath, Barbara Barbieri - The
Chocolate Candies Counting Book
Use alone, or provide
M & M's and have a wonderful
time laying the candies out on the pages and counting them!
In addition to counting to 12, children are asked to group
candies into sets, lay them out in various shapes, and then
subtract as they eat them up.
Murphy, Stuart J. - Every Buddy Counts
When a young girl wakes up feeling lonely, she counts all
her buddies from 1 hamster to 10 cuddly teddy bears.
Schumaker, Ward - In My Garden: A Counting Book
will love counting the residents of this charming garden, from
one watering can to ten snails, and then by tens
to 50 cherries. For the adventurous, try counting the 233 "plump
little peas" on the last two-page spread!
Szekeres, Cindy - I Can Count 100 Bunnies: And So Can
Wilbur Bunny needs help counting all 99 of his
relatives, so that they can meet Wilbur's new baby
sister, the 100th member of the family. This is one of the
few counting books
that counts one-by-one to 100.
Prepared by SRP, November 2000