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Children’s Books & Educational Toys that Teach

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Nationwide 55% of children start kindergarten without the most basic literacy & number knowledge. This often causes the child to be in a “catch-up game” that impacts self-esteem and academic success. ABC’s for Literacy suggests 5 children’s books & 3 educational puzzles that easily build basic literacy & math skills. Optimally every child would own at least these books & puzzles, but realistically, not every child will have that opportunity. Ask supporting community members like schools, doctors, dentists, libraries, & daycares to help improve the nationwide statistic by purchasing items listed below to have available for children & parents to check out or use in waiting rooms. Share this list and talk to others about K Readiness. Let’s learn together!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carl
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Sight Words in Familiar Children’s Books:

Literacy starts & ends with books! Suggested children’s books & educational toys

Prices as of March 2013

Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Puzzle Melissa n Doug 47 Upper &... From $18.87

Learn to Count Puzzle from Sensational Beginnings   $14.95

Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Number Puzzle   $12.95

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  (Martin Jr.) Board Book $9.35
Teaches colors & sight words:  I, see, a, at, me, do, you,  we (2)

Bark, George (Feiffer) Hardcover $11.91
Teaches prediction, sequencing & sight words: no, go, the, and, a, said, of

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle) Hardcover $5.75
Teaches sequencing & sight words: he, the, but, was, a, on

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Martin Jr.) Hardcover $11.24
Teaches letters & sight words: and, on, you, at, the, said, to, will, no, is, of, like (1)

Hop on Pop (Seuss) Hardcover $6.83
Teaches rhyme awareness & to pay attention to sound

©  P. Stearns, Educator & Founder TM

chicka chicka boom boom
hop on pop Dr. seuss

Click Here To Print Or Download The Book List

PRINT TO PUT IN EACH BOOK:  The children’s books recommended are great sight word teaching tools as well very fun to read.  The sight words that each book teaches are listed with that book on our website.  Play “I spy” with common sight words that are repetitious in the text of the book.  To play, write a sight word, such as “go”, on a post-it note (sight word cards may be in some books) and let the child look at the written sight word while searching the text for that word on every page of the book before or after that page of the story is read. The sight word and repetitious language are hooks that draws a child into the reading the book.  If your child is not interested, wait a week or two and try again. Soon, your child will be reading the story.©

Hint:  Write the sight word as similar to the word in the text of the book as possible to not confuse the child.  For example, use all lower case letters if that is how it is in the book.  Or print out the sight words listed below by book & cut into sight word cards to include in the proper book.

Click Here To Print Or Download The Sight Words


P. Hamm, Founder & Educator

Educators helping children ages 3-7 learn how to read & write easily