Parents - Preschool To Kindergarten

All our recommendations reflect our philosophy – to encourage young readers to “do it themselves”. These recommendations are geared towards that philosophy. Age recommendations should always be regarded as approximate. Some children will be ready sooner, some later.

Box Of ABC Books
First come the letters. Brand new and great fun for 3 to 4 year olds is this box of 26 books. Each devoted to a single letter.

Each little book contains four pages: For example: U is for umbrella, unicorn, ukulele and unicycle, with accompanying words and pictures.

The container is rigged with handles and a hinged lid so there is every encouragement to put things away. $24.95

Alphabet Books in General:

Today, alphabet books are not just books of letters. By giving them themes, much knowledge is available in a easy-to-follow format. From flowers to dinosaurs, from bugs to fish. Two of my favorites are acrostics. For example:
     C is for cute
     A is for adorable
     T is for testy

And there is one that is a mystery narrated in alphabetic lines.

 Similarly, books to learn Numbers are legion and equally clever.

 All of these make delightful read-tos.

 Read-tos for the pre-school crowd should be beautiful to look at with a brief story line since the attention span at that age tends to be short.

Ant & Bee
The ant and bee books are wonderful for beginning readers.

Using a system of highlighting the “new” letters and words in each book, the young readers broaden their vocabulary as they progress. These books need not be read in any special order.

Some “read-to” along the way may be helpful. There are 13 in all, but not all are in print all the time. We are doing our best to encourage the publisher to keep them coming. $7.95 each

*Ant & Bee
*More Ant & Bee
*One Two Three With Ant & Bee
*More And More Ant & Bee
*Ant & Bee And The Rainbow
*Ant & Bee And The Kind Dog
*Ant & Bee And The ABC
*Ant & Bee Time
*Ant & Bee And The Secret
*Ant & Bee And The Doctor
*Ant & Bee Go Shopping
*Around The World With Ant & Bee
*Happy Birthday With Ant & Bee

   *  Unavailable At Present
The publisher has allowed the Ant & Bee books to go out of print. Your continual complaints might prompt him to reverse his action. Thank you.


I Saw Esau

Collected in this invaluable book are the wit and wisdom of generations of schoolchildren – more than a hundred and seventy rhymes ranging from insult and riddles to tongue twisters, jeers, and jump rope rhymes. Open to any page and be rigaled by rememberances of your childhood, your parents childhood, your grandparents childhood and your great grandparents before them.

Compiled by Iona and Peter Opie and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, this book is a delight for all of us. It is now available in softcover. We have a limited quanity in hardcover at $19.95


Little Pebbles
A series of favorite fairy tales, all newly illustrated with something pictorial on every page and printed in a delightful type font that adds immeasurably to the charm of the story. They are hardcover and bound so that they make a harmonious presentation. $6.95 each. There are 8:

The Princess And The Pea
The Little Red Hen
*City Mouse & Country Mouse
*Goldilocks And The Three Bears
Little Red Ridinghood
*Puss In Boots
The Three Little Pigs

   *  As Shown



Then onwards and upwards. Along the way, poetry is a wonderful “assistant”. Real rhyming poetry. It has a song-like cadence (beat). They are the best “read-to” books of all. This group is beautifully illustrated and designed to be kept and enjoyed for a lifetime. $14.95 each

Poetry For Young People by:

Walt Whitman
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Carl Sandburg
Robert Frost
Emily Dickinson
Edgar Allen Poe (For Older Children) 


 We are all noticing the lack of civility in daily life. Teaching good manners and proper behavior must begin at a very early age.  For this group, it is a pleasure to recommend two books: GOOPS AND HOW TO BE THEM and  MORE GOOPS AND HOW TO BE THEM .  These delightful books are 100 years old. They teach through charming poems covering every facet of good behavior.   If one verse is read aloud every morning, good results are assured.

 Prayers may not be permitted in school, but reading one of these poems each morning is definitely o.k. and very productive towards creating proper decorum.  If some of the children take issue, it is a perfect vehicle to start a discussion. You see, good manners never go out of style.


If the basics are taught early, math becomes a pleasure later on.  Up to the kindergarten age, children count things out. The abstract concept of integers (i.e. whole numbers like 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9…) is the next step.  The best assistant to this transition is Cuisenaire Rods. The sooner children begin “playing” with them, the better.  Once familiarity is achieved , I recommend  Hidden Rods/Hidden Numbers. The first set of exercises does NOT involve numbers – just relationships. A neat transition to the second set of exercises which introduces the concept of the rods as representing numbers.

In addition , the SuperSource  book for grades K-2  is recommended  for parents and teachers so that the maximum results can be obtained. If the teacher understands, then the student has a chance to grasp the principles.

Much can be taught to a pre-schooler through observation. No books necessary. There is a wonderful thing called a Fibonacci curve (pronounced fib-oh-nachy). In the spring, if there are ferns coming up near you, observe the coiled-up fern leaf. It is the spiral called  the Fibonacci curve. If you have a nautilus shell sliced in half, that is a Fibonacci curve. So is the top of a violin. There’s more but we’ll discuss that later. 

In this way you are teaching a comfortable familiarity with numbers – preparing the child for further adventures with numbers. 

And last but not least is the first volume of E.D.Hirsch’s wonderful series – Everything your Child Should Know…  It is full of all sorts of “background” information that should be part of a child’s education. Who is E.D.Hirsch you might ask. He is the cultural historian of the United States . These books go grade by grade through the 6th grade.


 It has become the practice to hold children back from entering  kindergarten until they are between 5 and 6 years old. As a result, children often begin to read while in kindergarten. This should be encouraged since we have a wealth of material so they need not be held back intellectually.


 Usborne book of the first 100 words

Usborne Ubook of the first 1000 words

 As a game, take the word AT . Then have the student run the alphabet to see how many real words they can make. This can be done with: IN, IT, and AN. Note that these are all words in themselves.  


 If you are a pre-school teacher or an interested parent,  I recommend  INVENTING KINDERGARTEN by Norman Brosterman., a superb history recounting Froebel’s invention of kindergarten in the 1830’s.  His principals are still worthy of study and practice. $45.00

Now that you've taken care of the children, have a browse in our general section.  


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