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Storybook Guides

Reading storybooks can be a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to bond as they engage in an imaginary world of language, literature, and art. These reading guides are intended to help you use interactive reading strategies that can help foster children’s literacy and mathematical thinking.

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10 Minutes Till Bedtime

10 Minutes Till Bedtime is a counting book about a boy who has 10 minutes to get ready for bed. A team of hamsters arrive to help the boy put away his toys, put on his pajamas, brush his teeth, and read a bedtime story.

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12 Ways to Get to 11

12 Ways to Get to 11 is a counting book about decomposing, or breaking apart, the number 11 in various ways. Each page shows a different combination of objects, such as nine pinecones and two acorns.

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Actual Size

In Actual Size, we meet animals of different sizes. Animals are drawn to scale, so children can see how they measure up to each animal. Each page includes interesting facts and physical dimensions of the animal.

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Albert Adds Up

Albert is so excited about the book his sister Wanda brings from the library that he is willing to trade his favorite toys to read it. First he offers Wanda one toy and then adds another. Soon he even adds his pet worms.

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Albert Is Not Scared

Albert Is Not Scared is a book about a mouse’s day at an “amousement” park. Albert seems scared to go on rides that go up and down or left and right. But there is a surprise!

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Anno's Counting Book

This picture book beautifully illustrates a small town throughout the changing seasons. Each two-page spread shows a number of everyday objects, from one to 12, for the child to find.

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Balancing Act

Balancing Act is a simple yet engaging story about two mice who create a teeter-totter by balancing a stick on a rock. When a salamander joins them, it creates an imbalance until another salamander balances on the other side.

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Bear Counts

As bear and mouse are sharing breakfast, they count objects all around them, such as one giant dragonfly and two sweet apples. As bear counts the various objects, children are invited to count along.

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Bear in a Square

Bear introduces different shapes on each page of the bilingual story, Bear in a Square. Whether he’s at home or in the park, there are squares, circles, and other shapes hidden in each scene.

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Changes, Changes

Changes, Changes is a whimsical, wordless story about a man and woman who build a house out of blocks. When the house catches on fire, they build a fire truck.

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Circus Shapes

A family encounters different shapes when they spend a day at the circus. Elephants march around in a circle, horses make a triangle, monkeys make a square, and bears make a rectangle.

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Color Zoo

Color Zoo presents pages with cutout shapes that can stack together to create different animals. When the child turns a page, one shape is removed and a new animal is magically revealed.

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Eric Carle's 123

Eric Carle’s 123 is a counting book. We meet different animals on each page as we count all the way from one to 10. Each page also includes dots that match the number of animals.

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Fish Eyes

Each page of Fish Eyes introduces a different number of bright, colorful fish. Children can describe the different features of the fish and count their eyes to find out how many are on the page.

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Have You Seen My Monster?

A little girl loses her monster in the fair. As she tries to find him, she sees different shapes all around her. From the octagons on the merry-go-round to the hexagons on the fun house, children will enjoy spotting the shapes.

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Hippos Go Berserk

Hippos Go Berserk is about one lonely hippo who invites his friends over for a party. The hippos fill the house, go berserk, and then leave in groups until the first hippo is lonely again, missing his 44 friends.

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Inside, Outside, Upside Down

In this simple story, Brother Bear gets in a box that gets turned upside down, taken outside, and put on a truck.

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Let's Count

Let’s Count invites your child to count the animals on each page, from one to 10. The orderly arrangement of animals in rows and columns and the yellow circles on each animal can help your child to count carefully and accurately.

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Mice on Ice

Albert is a clumsy mouse who goes ice-skating with his friends one day. His friends make shapes as they skate around the ice. When Albert tries to join them, he's too clumsy to make shapes the right way. But then… surprise!

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More or Less

This story happens at a school fair, where families can play various games at different booths. In one booth, a young boy named Eddie tries to guess people's ages.

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One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab

Each page invites children to count the number of feet that people and different animals have. Children will enjoy counting from one to 100, with silly snails, insects, dogs, and crabs.

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Pattern Fish

A group of fish swoosh, glide, swirl, and swish throughout the water as patterns surround them.

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Quack and Count

Quack and Count is about seven ducklings quacking, sliding, and flying in marshland. Throughout the beautifully illustrated story, the seven ducklings form different groups that can be added and always make seven.

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