Parents and Kids

Numbers Everywhere

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A follow up the successful 2012 Abbeville Kids title Alphabet Everywhere, Elliott Kaufman’s creative photography book allows children (and adults) to discover unintended number shapes found in unexpected places.

A visual feast and will be treasured by kids with an eye for detail. -- Kirkus Reviews

Some people can see all kinds of shapes in clouds; Elliott Kaufman can seeletters and numbers just about everywhere. -- The New York Times

After reading this book, readers will feel inspired to encounter numbers in their everyday activities. Clear color photographs, bright colors and textures, and quality construction make this a playful and imaginative addition that should stir up lots of creative adventures. -- School Library Journal

As in Alphabet Everywhere, where there was a world of letters just waiting to be discovered, Numbers Everywhere reveals how digits and mathematical symbols can be found in the world around us -- if we know how to look for them. In this engaging and delightful book, Kaufman reveals the "secret" life of numbers through his photographs, showing how they can be found in things we encounter everyday. Each number is represented by multiple images, unintentionally created by the intersection of architectural details, shadows, light, or natural elements as caught by the photographer’s keen eye. In “addition"… Numbers Everywhere includes “formulas” for budding mathematicians to solve. This fun approach also reinforces the notion that learning to see the familiar in new ways encourages visual literacy and creativity.

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Sometimes Just One is Just Right

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A light hearted story about an only child who learns to appreciate being "just one"

In this winsome story, a likeable young narrator explores the perks and pitfalls of being an only child. Comparing his situation to that of his cousin, Nico, who has many siblings, the narrator realizes taht having a household full of brothers and sisters is not always as fun as it seems. Even though he is the only child at home, he has many family members who love and care for him--and so does his friend Lily, who's an only child, too! Sometimes, he realizes, being just one is just right.

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Are You Sleeping, Little One?

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Prepare little ones for bedtime with this whimsical book of simple rhymes and gentle, soothing pictures.

Are you sleeping, little ducking,
tucking your bill under one wing?

And are you sleeping, my little one,
cuddling with me when the day is done?

With lyrical rhymes, this charming board book describes the sleeping habits of over a dozen animals, including species both common and rare, from ducklings to sloths, bats to giraffes. Are You Sleeping, Little One? is the perfect way for little ones (and parents!) to end the day

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Alphabet Everywhere

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There is a world of letters just waiting to be discovered in the world around us -- if we know how to look for it.

In this engaging and delightful book, photographer Elliott Kaufman reveals the "secret" life of the alphabet through his photographs, showing how letters can be found in things we encounter every day. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by multiple images, each unintentionally created by the intersection of architectural details, shadows, light, or natural elements as caught by Kaufman's keen eye. Some are obvious, while others demand a little more imagination to recognize, inviting the readers to start their own game of hunting for letters! This fun approach also reinforces the notion that learning to see the familiar in new ways encourages visual literacy and creativity.

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Father Knows Best

The Expectant Father Boxed Set

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This boxed set contains The Expectant Father (Third Edition), The New Father (Second Edition), and Fathering Your Toddler (Second Edition), all by critically-acclaimed author Armin Brott.

The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be (Third Edition): This invaluable book explores the emotional, financial, and even physical changes the father-to-be may experience during his partner’s pregnancy. Written in an easy-to-absorb format and filled with sound advice and practical tips for men on such topics as how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, how pregnancy affects your sex life, and how to start a college fund, this volume reassures, commiserates, informs, and entertains. It also incorporates the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. This new edition features the latest research on many topics from preconception issues, overcoming infertility, and information addressing assisted reproductive technologies to prenatal communication and education. The finances and insurance sections have been completely overhauled. There is new information on work and family matters, tons of tips for young dads, advice for stepfathers (first child for dad, second or more for mom), a concise section about military fathers, and a revised resources chapter and bibliography.

The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (Second Edition): How can you become an effective, involved father when you see your baby only briefly after work? What is the best way to start saving for your child’s college education? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found on the pages of this easy-to-follow, information-packed volume. Author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to each month of the first year. In each chapter he charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes the child is going through, and examines the emotional and psychological development the father may experience. He also covers such general parenting issues as coping with crying, finding quality child care, and understanding changes in the relationship with one’s partner. This new edition features the latest research on many topics, from what’s going on at the hospital right after childbirth to what a dad can do when his partner is having trouble breastfeeding, to advice for dads in the military and others who are separated from their kids. More information on preemies, twins, and triplets has been added, along with advice for divorced and renewed dads. The resources section and bibliography are considerably expanded.

Fathering Your Toddler: A Dad's Guide to the Second and Third Years (Second Edition):At what age should you introduce your child to computers? When and how should you go about drawing up a will? The day your child starts preschool, how will you cope with the pangs of adult separation anxiety? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found in the pages of this information-packed volume. Author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to every three months of the second and third years. In each chapter, Brott charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes the child is going through and examines the emotional and psychological developments the father may be experiencing. He discusses issues that may develop between fathers and their partners as well as matters that involve the whole family. In addition, each chapter contains a section called “You and Your Child,” in which activities and issues appropriate to the given age are discussed. New topics in this revised and expanded edition cover the latest research on child development, including brain growth. There is more advice for dads who are older, single, or in the military; fathers of preemies and multiples; stepfathers; and stay-at-home dads. This new edition adds information on a wide range of subjects, from helping a child grieve over the loss of a relative or a pet to health and safety issues to care of special-needs children.

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Flip-o-storic

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Create your own imaginary prehistoric beasts by turning over the flaps of this clever book.

This interactive board book lets you mix and match the heads, bodies, and tails of ten real prehistoric animals—like the saber-tooth tiger, woolly mammoth, and acrauchenia—in order to create almost a thousand different imaginary ones. The flaps include interesting facts about each animal part, so you can learn how your Flipo-storic creature would behave. There’s also a handy chart that shows the actual size of the ten real animals that make up the “ingredients” of your Flip-o-storic, and gives the meaning and pronunciation of their names.

Flip-o-storic — which follows the extraordinary popularity of Sara Ball’s recently released dinosaur book, Flip-o-saurus—will captivate the imagination of anyone fascinated by these impressive and now extinct species. With its fun concept, beautiful artwork, and high production values, this book will make the perfect gift for any kid who loves the prehistoric.

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Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10

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Dogs of all shades, shapes, and dispositions introduce children to numbers as they count their surroundings from one to ten. On each spread, children count the clues to discover the missing number and complete the rhyme!

Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 takes readers through a world of playful pups that love to count! Each spread's rhyming text leaves out the last word, allowing little ones to chime in and shout out the missing number. The amusing illustrations provide countable clues for the numbers that have been left out.

With Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10, accomplished illustrator Ami Rubinger once again turns his humorous and imaginative eye to an otherwise simple subject. This is the third in a series of well-received rhyme completion books from Rubinger, all of which use his signature fun, fill-in-the-blank technique to teach children about various concepts like counting. Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10's colorful, computer-generated canines will make little faces smile, and the rhyming game will have them counting from one to ten, again and again.

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The Single Father

A Dad's Guide to Parenting without a Partner

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An indispensable resource for all single dads by the author of Abbeville's best-selling New Father series.

In this ground-breaking volume author Armin Brott gives single dads the knowledge, skills, and support they need to become-and remain-actively involved fathers. With the same thoroughness, accessibility, and humor that have made the books in his critically acclaimed New Father series the best and most popular fatherhood guides in the country, Brott steers divorced, separated, gay, widowed, and never-married men through every aspect of fathering without a partner.

Incorporating the advice of top psychologists, lawyers, and other experts, The Single Father offers a wealth of essential information and practical tips. Illustrated with cartoons that underscore the challenges and, yes, even the satisfactions of single parenting, and complete with an extensive list of resources for divorced, widowed, and gay dads, The Single Father is one book no single dad can afford to do without.

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Flip-o-saurus

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Create your own prehistoric beasts by mixing and matching the heads, bodies, and tails of different dinosaurs.

This interactive board book lets you mix and match the heads, bodies, and tails of ten real dinosaurs in order to create a thousand different imaginary ones, like the Stegodocus, the Oviplosaurus, or the Diploraptops. It includes interesting facts about each dinosaur part, so you can figure out how your Flip-o-saurus would behave. There’s also a handy chart that shows the actual sizes of the ten dinosaurs that make up the “ingredients” of your Flip-o-saurus, and gives the meaning and pronunciation of their names.

With its fun concept, beautiful artwork, and high production values, this book will make the perfect gift for any kid who loves dinosaurs.

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How Artists See Jr. Boxed Set

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Available in a handsome boxed set, the How Artists See Jr. series introduces young children to the varied, beautiful ways in which artists see the world.

The How Artists See Jr. board books are a child’s first introduction to the magic and beauty of art. Like a miniature museum exhibit that parent and child can explore together, each book features twelve diverse works of art from around the world, centered on a theme that little ones love: Babies, Dogs, Horses, or Trains. Packaged in a smart, sturdy  slipcase, this four-book set is now more attractive, portable, and “gift-worthy” than ever.

By grouping pictures by theme, the series engages early learners, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children, combined with the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation, is ideal for the board book age group. Designed specifically to encourage adult-child interaction, the books also feature suggested questions for Mom, Dad, or the caregiver to ask while browsing. Preschool art teachers find How Artists See Jr. a perfect complement to their programs.

Whether poring over Monet’s steam-shrouded locomotives, Jeff Koons’s giant puppies, or engravings of horses from ancient Egypt, young readers of How Artists See Jr. will delight in discovering how the world can be transformed by great artists’ creativity—and their own.

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Baby Animals

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommened for 3-6 year olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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Colors

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommended for 2 to 5 year-olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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Numbers

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommended for 2 to 5 year-olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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Wild Animals

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommended for 3 to 6 year-olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas

Not Mommies and Daddies

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Written from a child’s point of view, this touching picture book centers around a nontraditional family of grandparents raising their grandchild.

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas shares a child’s experience living with and being cared for by grandparents through the eyes of a cheerful and delightful little girl. Uplifting watercolor illustrations give extra warmth to this caring and loving story, to which a growing number of children can identify—over 4.5 million children in the United States are primarily cared for by a grandparent.

Poignant moments expressing the child’s curiosity and questions give way to comforting and playful exchanges at home with Nonnie and Poppy. Spending the day with this grandparent-led family, we see that it’s not always Mommies or Daddies that care for children, and that’s okay!

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas provides a great resource for children who seek reassurance about their particular experience. This unique book will appeal to any grandparent raising or providing long-term care for a grandchild, as well as any teacher who wants to educate children about nontraditional families. Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas sensitively addresses a topic that has been nearly absent in the children’s book market, until now.

Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas is the winner of the 2012 Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging in the primary reader category from the The K-12 Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

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Big Cat, Small Cat

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An interactive book about cats of all sizes, shapes and dispositions, Big Cat, Small Cat introduces children to rhyming and opposites in a fun and engaging way.

Recommended for 2-5 year-olds

Big Cat, Small Cat takes readers through a fantastical world of felines, where they will encounter many different pairs of cats—from good and bad to happy and sad. The book’s sing-song text leaves out the last word of each page, allowing little ones to chime in and complete the rhyme. Captivating, colorful illustrations provide clues for the words that have been left out. Introducing words like “dirty,” “clean,” “nice,” and “mean,” Big Cat, Small Cat teaches children about rhyming and opposites with a fun, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation.

The illustrations by accomplished illustrator and cartoonist Ami Rubinger are charming and unique, depicting a variety of humorous cats that will engage young and old readers alike. With its message of acceptance, Big Cat, Small Cat evokes compassion for animals and presents an important lesson in diversity: cats—like people—come in many different shapes, sizes, and personalities. Beyond its wide general appeal, this book will interest children who have pets and all animal lovers.

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The Military Father

A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads

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A much-needed resource for the long-distance dads and dads-to-be, who are seeking information and advice on how to be involved with their family before, during, and after their deployment.

Unfortunately, there are very few resources for military (and deployed civilian) fathers, who are looking for guidance on how to be in close touch with their families back home. The Military Father, written by the country’s leading authority on fathers and families, will fill that gap, providing deployed dads with everything they need to know to stay (or become) involved with and connected to their family regardless of the distance that separates them.

Part I of this essential sourcebook covers pre-deployment and explores the profound effect a dad’s absence will have on his spouse, his children, and himself. It also provides extensive pre-deployment checklists and detailed tips aimed at preparing the dad and his family for separation and long-distance communication. Part II, During Deployment, explains how to stay involved and connected when you’re far away, and includes specific strategies and activities designed to help dads and their family remain close across time and distance. Part III, Coming Home, offers advice on post-deployment times from preparing to come home and surmounting the challenges of returning to military or civilian life. In addition, the book includes a chapter on how dads can support a spouse when she’s the one being deployed, and a comprehensive listing of resources available to soldiers and their families.

Flavored with the author’s trademark wit, warmth, and intelligence, this guide combines a wealth of knowledge from experts, scientific studies, and interviews with scores of military fathers and their families. The Military Father includes cartoons that complement the text, solicited from deployed military or civilian fathers and family members, ranging from those on active duty to veterans.

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Animal Ambulance

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor.

The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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