In an effort to keep literacy and learning strong, especially among socioeconomically, disadvantaged children, the Avant-garde Books Team has created audio files for several books. Listening is the first essential skill that humans use to learn. Babies cannot read, write, or speak, but by "hearing" rich vocabulary, they are later able to reproduce language structure and vocabulary in speaking and in writing. The infant brain is developing rapidly and it is critical that intellectual stimulation is nurtured. The truth is that children cannot produce what they have not heard and/or seen. Reading to them is one of the best ways to improve long-term academic and personal success. These files are FREE and available 24/7. #LiteracyMatters
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Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.
Aleatha is six years old and she loves to read. She reads everywhere—in her bedroom, in the car on the way to school, and at the bookstore on Saturdays. What Aleatha loves most is reading to others, especially her friends.
Celebrate the colors of children and the colors of love—not black or white or yellow or red, but roaring brown, whispering gold, tinkling pink, and more.
For the youngest member of an exuberant extended family, Sunday dinner at Grannie’s can be full indeed — full of hugs and kisses, full of tasty dishes, full to the brim with happy faces, and full, full, full of love. This story highlights the special bond between little Jay Jay and his grannie.
Using rhyme, this book teaches children about the process of photosynthesis. It is perfect for STEM curricula.
Using rhyme, this book teaches young children, especially girls, that a person's "prettiness" starts in one's heart.
A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.
The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.
Princess Tiffany is wise, compassionate, and generous. In the kingdom of Goodville, she serves others with excellence and kindness. She teaches others about the power of friendship through her good character and example.
Anthony Tucker is an educator who shares his personal story of learning how to finish the things he starts.
In "Nerdy Babies: Space", follow our intrepid infants into the great unknown. Check out the moon and the sun and all the planets in our solar system. Plus, learn about gravity and orbits in this simple text written in question and answer format.
This gentle story of growing with books encourages little ones to discover the joy of reading as well as getting them ready and excited to visit the library.
"God Made It" is a fun way of helping children learn the story of God's creation in Genesis. This picture book is written in rhyme and brings the seven days to life, helping them to remember the sequence of creation.
In 2004, Maathai became the first African woman as well as environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. During her lifetime, Maathai worked tirelessly to end the devastation of Kenya's forests and lands caused by development.
Leah is an 11-year-old honor student who learns a lesson about loving herself and embracing her uniqueness.
Emeka loves her naturally kinky hair that feels like wool. She enjoys wearing it in many styles. Most importantly, Emeka learns that she doesn’t have to use chemicals that can damage her scalp because her hair is already beautiful.
A stunning celebration of mindfulness, meditation, and enjoying each moment, from the team behind the award-winning Windows. This lush picture book is a fantastic tool for engaging children 3-7 who are schooling from home who are eager to feel connected to their world while managing new anxieties.
When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.
From the letter A to the letter Z, B is For Breathe celebrates the many ways children can express their feelings and develop coping skills at an early age.
“If we’re going to solve the problems of the world, we have to learn how to talk to one another. Poetry is the language at its essence. It’s the bones and the skeleton of the language. It teaches you, if nothing else, how to choose your words.”
― Rita Dove