The librarians at The Robert R. Jones Library are pleased to be able to share their expertise in the form of these thoughtful and timely booklists. These lists will be updated periodically to ensure the recommendations they contain remain current and relevant. New lists will be added as they are created, and others removed after they have served their useful shelf life.
EARLY CONCEPT BOOKS
by Lois Ehlert
Shapes and colors in your zoo, lots of things that you can do. Heads and ears, beaks and snouts, that's what animals are all about. I know animals and you do too; make some new ones for your zoo.
CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM
by BIll Martin Jr. & John Archambault
The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. "A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit.
EATING THE ALPHABET by Lois Ehlert
While teaching upper and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.
Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of extremely cute and busy little peas. This fresh and fun alphabet book features bright colors, bouncy rhyming text, and silly pea characters who highlight the wide variety of interests, hobbies, and careers that make the world such a colorful place!
BEAR SEES COLORS by Karma Wilson
Colors, colors everywhere! Can you find colors just like Bear? Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s adorable illustrations creatively introduce colors to the youngest Bear fans, who will delight in discovering a rainbow of fun.
What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice--who even find a funny way to trick a sneaky cat.
Walsh introduces the concept of counting forward and backward in a suspenseful story that will keep young readers guessing.
Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.
FISH EYES by Lois Ehlert
Brightly colored fish introduce young children to counting and basic addition in this fun and simple concept book. “A visual treat from start to finish.
This colorful camping singalong encourages physical participation as children learn how to do opposite actions.
A beautiful Chinese dragon in several shades of red writhes across a double-page spread, accompanied by children carrying drums, cymbals, and strings of firecrackers-a fitting start for a concept book about colors.
ROUND IS A MOONCAKE by Roseanne Thong
A little girl's urban neighborhood becomes a discovery ground for all things round, square, and rectangular in this lyrical picture book. Most items are Asian in origin, others universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and the boxes that the pizzas come in, rectangular Chinese lace and a very special pencil case. Bright, whimsical art accompanies the narrative rhyme, and a short glossary adds cultural significance to the objects featured in the book.
Each ring of the doorbell brings more friends to share the delicious cookies Ma has made. This terrific and suspenseful read-aloud picture book about friendship, sharing, and cookies can also be used to introduce basic math concepts to young children.
Learn to count with the wildest bunch of stomping, romping dinosaurs ever! A group of rollicking dinosaurs counts down from ten to one as it introduces subtraction to the reader.