Great Books to Help Children Excel in School

Photo by George Hodan via Public Domain.
Photo by George Hodan via Public Domain.

by heather cherry


Child 1st Publications, LLC publishes materials that help education feel more natural for children. The materials blend body movement and visuals to be especially useful for children who are visual or right-brain learners (a person who learns best when they see things versus just hearing them). Now you can help your beginner charges learn easily and your older charges get up to speed academically without any added stress.

Alphabet Tales

Sarah Major October 18, 2010 $39.95

Sarah Major began seeing the need for right-brained educational tools to cater to this unique type of learning during her years as a preschool teacher. Major created Alphabet Tales, a collection of short stories to help children build a letter-learning foundation for kindergarten. This book teaches children to easily recognize letters and associate them with their related sounds. Letter symbols are embedded into images that are shaped like each letter. For instance, M is designed to look like two mountains, and F is embedded into the image of a flag. Alphabet Tales can be used in conjunction with the Child 1st Publications, LLC Easy-for-Me Reading Curriculum or enjoyed alone to enhance a child’s education and help fill gaps in learning.

I Can Sing From 1 to 10

Sarah Major June 29, 2011 $16.95

Sarah Major’s funny and imaginative book I Can Sing from 1 to 10 can be sung to the tune of “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”. Each number is stylized to look like a familiar object, has a jingle that helps identify the number, and contains objects to count. The book further aids children with identifying numbers by prompting them to create the numbers with their bodies. Make number learning unforgettable with this fun read.

Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction

Sarah Major March 11, 2013 $28.95

Inspire children to learn more about math with Major’s newly released Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction, which helps children learn their basic math skills through images, stories, hands-on activities, and patterns. It is the ideal educational tool for any beginner or for any child who learns best visually and in a hands-on manner. The book doesn’t only teach children techniques in a way that is unforgettable to them, it also details for the adult exactly how to teach the method. Major explains her first-hand success with these practices and describes exactly how they work for different learning styles. This book is to be used in conjunction with the 3 Dot Card and Floor Domino Games and provides a fun and hands-on learning tool. These tools make it easy, fun, and almost effortless for both teacher and child.

Author Sarah Major. Photo courtesy Child 1st Publications.
Author Sarah Major. Photo courtesy Child 1st Publications.

SnapLetters Teaching Cards


SnapLetters are teaching cards that go hand in hand with other resources like Alphabet Tales and other products in the Child 1st Publications, LLC Easy-For-Me Reading Curriculum. The SnapLetters cards can also be used as a stand-alone resource. With very young children, read Alphabet Tales first and reinforce their learning of letters by doing the activity and mini lesson on the back of each SnapLetter teaching card. These resources are easy to use and are a great addition to the library of any child beginning to learn the alphabet.

SnapWords Teaching Cards


SnapWords were the first product and the springboard for most of the Child 1stPublications, LLC other products. The cards provide an easy and effective way for children to recognize sight words and then to use them correctly and understand what they mean. SnapWords have been used to increase reading levels in school with children for whom nothing else was working. The cards engage children both visually and physically as children do the related body movements. On the reverse of each card is a sentence using the word correctly, as well as a related body motion that reinforces learning for those children who are kinesthetic learners. With the use of this resource, children begin to recognize the sight words immediately. Don’t worry about being lost on what to do; the How-To Teach SnapWords guidebook offers step-by-step directions for the teacher. These resources are easy to use and are a great addition for any child beginning to learn their all-important high frequency sight words.

All publications reviewed in this article are available from Child 1st Publications. For more information about Child 1st Publications, visit their website at