Thursday, March 1, 2012

concept books

Ken Geist and Henry Cole team up in WHO'S WHO (Feiwel and Friends, August 2012) which is one of the forthcoming books that uses the pattern from "Over in the Meadow." Here, readers will count monkeys, bats, and hares among other creatures in the bouncy rhythm of the poem. <87>

LITTLE GOBLINS TEN by Pamela Jane with illustrations by Jane Manning (Harper 2012) also utilizes the rhythms and patterns of "Over in the Meadow." This time, though, readers will be counting goblins and mummies and other "monsters." <88>

CREATURE COUNTS by Brenda Haunte with illustrations by Vincent Nguyen (FSG, July 2012) is the third book coming this year to use the patterns of "Over in the Meadow." In this book, the pattern begins with "In a prehistoric meadow..." and introduces readers to all sorts of dinosaurs and their quiet lives in prehistoric times. <89>

B IS FOR BROOKLYN by Selina Alko (Holt/Ottaviano, August 2012) is an alphabet book about bagels and Coney Island and Gowanus Canal, Prospect Park, and more. Some of the history and culture of Brooklyn, NY, is conveyed in the illustrations and the text. <90>

National Geographic Kids (2012) gives readers an interesting alphabet book with AFRICAN ANIMAL ALPHABET by Beverly and Dereck Joubert. Plenty of "Did You Know?" fun facts are scattered throughout the book as well. <91>


  1. I love alphabet books and have a large collection. The National Geographic’s AFRICAN ANIMAL ALPHABET book seems like a great addition to my collection. My students always seem to love nonfiction books about animals and all the facts that they learn.

  2. I think National Geographic is awesome! I became a teacher in late September, and by December, I recieved a free book. Each month, they send me a courtesy book.

  3. No matter the age of the reader, books on animals and fun facts about them are always great to pick up! Love, love, love National Geographic!

  4. I would have loved to have these books when I taught PreK! You can never have enough counting and/or alphabet books. And...I haven't seen a National Geographic for Kids book that wasn't wonderful!

    1. The counting and alphabet books these days are done so beautifully, with vivid pictures and drawings! I grew up in the 70s and 80s and our books were definitely not as pretty as the ones we have today...or maybe NOW I am paying attention???

  5. My 4th graders love alphabet books! We usually make a class alphabet book over a Social Studies topic each year.