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Approaches to Learning Book Recommendations

The following is a list of children's books divided by the goals of Approaches to Learning Domain. Some of these books will overlap with other goals of the SDELG. The list was compromised of recommendations from NAEYC, Scholastic, US Department of Education, CDC, and more. These are just suggestions and there are many skill-building books that may not be included on this list.

Some titles include a link to a read-aloud and/or activities.

Goal AL-1 and AL-2: curiosity, information-seeking, and eagerness
  1. My Hands by Catherine Hnatov
  2. Fly! by Mark Teague
  3. Saturday by Oge Mora
  4. Hey Water! By Antoinette Portis
  5. Seeds Move! By Robin Page
  6. Asking Questions and Finding Solutions by Riley Flynn
  7. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon Storyline Online read-aloud
  8. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  9. Ginny Goblin is Not Allowed to Open This Box by David Goodner
Goal AL-3, AL-4, and AL-5: initiative, effort, engagement, and persistence
  1. Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan The Art of Frog Jumping (1:24) video
  2. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  3. Waiting, by Kevin Henkes
  4. The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup
  5. Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones
  6. Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee
Goal AL-6 and AL-7: risk-taking, problem-solving, flexibility, and resiliency
  1. Make a Wish Henry Bear, by Liam Francis
  2. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems YouTube read-aloud
  3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems YouTube read-aloud
  4. “I Have a Little Problem,” said the bear by Heinz Janisch Book Nook Activity
  5. Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Activity
  6. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn Storyline Online read-aloud
Goal AL-8 and AL-9: play and imagination
  1. When A Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore Storyline Online read-aloud
  2. ¡Los Zombis No Comen Verduras! by Megan y Jorge Lacera Storyline Online read-aloud
  3. Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! by Megan and Jorge Lacera Storyline Online read-aloud
  4. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt YouTube read-aloud
All goals of AL
  1. Baby’s Busy Day Being One is So Much fun! by Ann Harrell English version Spanish version
  2. Where is Bear? A Terrific Tale for 2-Year-Olds by Libby Martinez CDC Printable book and activities
  3. Amazing Me It’s Busy Being 3! by Julia Cook and Laura A. Jana CDC Printable book and activities
  4. Zoom, by Istvan Banyai Youtube (mini video with sound affects only)