Parents and Kids

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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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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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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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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Fishing Boat

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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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Tractor

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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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Turn-the-Wheel Boxed Set

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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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Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper

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The exploits of this sunny little boy will ring true to every parent of a preschool-age child, whose energy and curiosity don’t yet match his abilities.

Recommened for 1–4 years old

Everett Ellington understands that there are a lot of things that need to get done every day. And Everett Ellington knows that he’s the guy to do them. Get to know this two-and-a-half-year-old who wakes up full of energy and ready to “help” his parents with everyday tasks, and, as the messes pile up, so do Mom and Dad’s frustrations—until Everett’s attempts to help out finally pay off and he manages to save the day.

In line with the teachings of famous early childhood educator Maria Montessori, Everett reaffirms the developmental importance of a child’s participation in family activities and daily chores. While the chaos a toddler can cause often demands plenty of patience, Everett reminds parents of the generous, useful individual they are hoping to raise.

The funny, sweet story of one youngster’s efforts to be a valuable, helpful member of the family team, Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper will charm adults with its optimism and joy, while children will connect with its warm and funny illustrations.

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Babies

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

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. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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Dogs

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

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. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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Horses

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

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. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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Trains

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

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. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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123 Caterpillar

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A whimsical fold-out book, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers learning to count from one to ten! Sturdy flaps open to show each number with a funny matching picture.

The compact caterpillar unfolds to become two fun number exercises for youngsters: on one side, the numbered panels of the caterpillars body open to reveal countable groups (from 1 bicycle all the way up to 8 spider legs, 9 ladybug spots, and 10 fingers) and the spelled-out name of the number. On the reverse, each car of a train carries a countable cargo--1 teddy bear, 2 trucks, 3 cows. A sturdy slipcase protects the book from wear and tear.

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ABC Snake

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A delightful foldout alphabet, perfect for new readers! Sturdy flaps open to show easy-to-read words in ABC order, with amusing illustrations.

This friendly snake fits in a purse or toy bag when "coiled," but unfolds to reveal the entire alphabet, from A to Z. Little fingers will love prying open the flaps of this fun and educational book that teaches letter and word recognition. From "airplane," "baby," "cactus," and "dragon" to "xylophone," "yo-yo," and "zebra," this book's bright, simple illustrations provide a wonderful introduction to the alphabet, along with hours of fun! A sturdy slipcase protects the book from wear and tear.

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Red, Yellow, Blue, and You

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An essential boardbook for young children illustrated with vibrant red, yellow, and blue colors of everyday objects.

Red, Yellow, Blue, and You, an adaptation of Abbeville’s beautiful My First Colors series, features each primary color to teach children about the role of red, yellow, and blue in their everyday lives. The texture of watercolor collages makes children want to touch the pages and, with sturdy pages and a padded cover, Red, Yellow, Blue, and You is tough enough to withstand the daily (and nightly) wear and tear of little hands.

“Are you ready for red?” ranges from buckets of berries to urban landscapes of stop signs and fire engines. Asking, “What can you do with yellow?” bright watercolors of lions, lemons, bumblebees, and taxis fill the pages. And “Bring on the blue!” introduces a countryside of forget-me-nots, bluefish, and a starry night sky.

With collages of torn paper watercolors and simple poetic text, this attractive boardbook will be enjoyed time and time again. Young children will learn that a single word can encompass many “shades” of meaning, and that colors are what make everyday life vivid and exciting.

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How Artists See 6-Volume Collection I

Feelings/Animals/People/Families/The Weather/Play

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The classic series that opens children’s eyes to the world as seen by great artists, now available in boxed sets perfect for home or classroom.

Includes: Animals, People, Families, Play, Feelings and Weather

With over 200,000 copies in print, the How Artists See series has introduced thousands of children to the timeless visions of some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Now all twelve books in this remarkable series are available in boxed sets of four and six volumes, making it easy for parents, grandparents and teachers alike to build a meaningful art library designed especially for young minds.

In How Artists See children learn about the world by looking at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to children through their own experience, organized into four subcategories for better comparison and contrast. Author Colleen Carroll engages readers with open-ended questions about the works, stimulating their thoughts, building their visual literacy and communication skills, and expanding their own artistic imaginations. For children curious to learn more about the artists featured, short biographies are provided at the end of each volume, along with suggestions for further reading and a list of museums where the artists' works can be seen.

Handsomely packaged in sturdy slipcased sets, these classic books make ideal gifts for the home and essential resources for the classroom. As teaching tools they are especially versatile, being readily adaptable to grades K-6 and intersecting with disciplines as various as literature, history, science, and social studies through the many activities detailed in the series Teachers’ Guide (available separately).

Whether poring over Matisse’s goldfish, Jacob Lawrence’s Olympic athletes, or Hiroshige’s moonlit cityscapes, readers of How Artists See will delight in discovering how the world can be transformed by great artists’ creativity—and their own.

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