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Sunday, 25 March 2001

More Books to Grow On

Written by  Esther Boylan Wolfson

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Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
By: Dr. Seuss
Random House, Incorporated, 1970
Ages: Two and up

This book encourages young children to practice a variety of sounds in a fun way.

In a People's House
By: Theo Le Sieg
Random House, 1972
Ages: Two and up

A great book to help improve your child's basic vocabulary. The book is now out-of-print, but plenty of copies are still available.

A Hole is to Dig
By: Ruth Krauss
Ages: Three and Up
HarperCollins Chidren's Books, 1972
Ages: Three and up

A book containing definitions of basic items from a practical child-like perspective. A wonderful way to help your child make sense of the world around her.

The Snowy Day
By: Ezra Jack Keats
Penguin USA, 1996
Ages: Three and Up

A young boy has fun playing in the snow. Teaches children about what snow is and activities they can do with it.

By: Leo Lionni
Knopf, Alfred A., 1973
Ages: Four and up

A school of small fish escapes the dangers of the sea by working together.

To see more great books for young readers go to Books to Grow On and Previous Month's More Books To Grow On

Previous Month's More Books To Grow On

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?
By: Bill Martin Jr.
Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 1991
Ages: 18 months and up

This is a great way to teach children about animals and the sounds that they make.

A Child's Good Night Book
By: Margaret Wise Brown
HarperCollins Publishers, 1995
Ages: Two and Up

Outside of Goodnight Moon (written by the same author) I know of no other more beautifully written good night book. Little by little, the author says, "Good night" to all of God's creatures.

Put Me In The Zoo
By: Robert Lopshire
Random House Beginner Books, 1976
Ages: Three and Up

A bear-like animal shows his tricks to two young children and finds out where he truly belongs. Lots of imaginative fun.

Harold And The Purple Crayon
By: Crockett Johnson
HarperCollins Children's Books, 1981
Ages: Three and Up

A first book about the power of imagination. Harold literally creates the world around him by drawing with a purple crayon.

No Fighting No Biting
By: Else Holmelund Minarik
Harper Collins Children's Books, 1987
Ages: Four and up

Cousin Joan teaches her niece and nephew not to fight by describing the adventures of two young alligators.

The Touch Me Book
By: Eve Witte and Pat Witte
Western Publishing Company, 1976
Ages: Six months and up

A great first book. Introduces babies to sensual experiences, by letting them feel textures. Lots of fun for early reading.

A Is For Animals
By: David Pelham
Simon and Schuster Children's, 1991
Ages: One and up

This was one of my oldest son's first books and has been loved by each of my children in succession. The great pop-up animals are appealing and loved by young children. At age one, children can just have fun with the animals and then at age four they can use the book to help learn the A,B,C's.

Frog And Toad Together
By: Arnold Lobel
HarperCollins Children's Books, 1979
Ages: Three and Up

A frog and a toad share everyday experiences such as going for walks, planting a garden and eating cookies.

The Story About Ping
By: Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1971
Ages: Four and Up

A story about a young duck that gets lost because he does not want to be the last duck onto his family boat. Ping's adventures teach him never to make the same mistake again.

The Complete Adventures Of Curious George
By: Margaret and H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995
Ages: Four and up

George is a monkey whose curiosity is always getting him into trouble. Follow George as he travels from Africa to the New World, where he delights adults and children alike. This book is a collection of all his adventures. I highly recommend them all, however, I find that Curious George Learns the Alphabet is a bit long for one sitting.


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Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Wolfson , director of our Early Childhood Development Center is an Early Childhood Specialist, who received her BA in English Communications from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University and an MA in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, both in New York City. Esther worked as a pre-school special education teacher for seven years. Three of those years were spent working in a school for language delayed pre-schoolers, which is her area of specialty. Another special love of hers is cooking with young children. One of her most enjoyable projects was developing a program for cooking with pre-school children for three special education programs. Esther and her husband Myles have three boys aged eight, five and two-years-old. While her three lively boys and her work at WholeFamily, keep her quite busy, in her spare time (if she ever has any!) she is an avid reader who also enjoys creative writing, exercising and swimming.

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