Numbers! Colors! Alphabets!
A Concept Guide to Children's Picture Books
by Melanie Axel-Lute
January 2003, 220pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-58683-058-8
$39.95, £30, 34€, A58

Finding just the right book to present concepts to children is difficult. This one is more useful than traditional annotated bibliographies, because it focuses on each book’s concepts, rather than its subjects. It’s also easier to use than lesson plan books, because it lists dozens of titles that use a given concept, not just one or two. The book covers titles that include numbers, time, measurement, language, the body, and more. Works with literature-based approaches as well as multiple intelligence theory. Includes bibliographic information and age-level suggestions for each title.

• Find age-appropriate titles for teaching both concrete and abstract concepts such as shapes, colors, same/different, real/pretend, emotions, and change
• Ideal for library media specialists, classroom teachers, special topics teachers, and parents to enhance lessons and encourage discussion

Melanie Axel-Lute is a librarian from South Orange, NJ.


"For teachers and librarians in the primary grades who teach the concepts of colors, the ABCs, and numbers, this bibliography will be valuable. These concepts, with all their sub-headings, are thoroughly covered with lists of books that help teach those concepts. Eight concepts are covered--abstracts such as same and different; colors; shapes; numbers, counting, math, and money; time; measurement; letters and words; and senses and emotions. Each book is annotated to show what exactly links the book with the concept, listing author, title, publisher, year of publication, ISBN, and symbols as to the appropriate age level. Only books still in print are included, for easy ordering. The indexes are divided into concepts and book titles. An authors’ index would have been helpful to be able to see what titles an author contributed. Each title is chosen based on quality, usefulness, and availability. This resource will be welcomed by all who are looking for quality books that teach concepts to youngsters. Highly Recommended."—Library Media Connection, August 1, 2003
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