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You may have heard about the research showing that Executive Function skills affect school readiness, school success, college graduation rates, work and life success. In fact, some researchers have found that they are as important as IQ.

First Book is excited to announce a new partnership with Families and Work Institute to provide a collection of high-quality children’s books that promote the skills featured in the best-selling book FOCUS & SELF-CONTROL

Children need this skill in order to achieve their goals, especially in a world that is filled with distraction and information overload. It involves paying attention, remembering the rules, thinking flexibly and exercising self-control.

AGES 0 TO 2: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Elmo Says…, and Goodnight Moon (Bilingual edition: Goodnight Moon / Buenas noches, luna, Spanish edition: Buenas noches, luna)
AGES 3 TO 5: The Carrot Seed, Whistle for Willie (Spanish edition: Silbale a Willie), and A Chair for my Mother (Spanish edition: Un sillon para mi mama)
AGES 6 TO 8: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza, The Art Lesson, and Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman (Spanish edition: Wilma sin limites: Como Wilma Rudolph se convirtio en la mujer mas rapida del mundo)


Perspective goes far beyond empathy: it involves figuring out what others think and feel, and forms the basis of children understanding their parents’, teachers’, and friends’ intentions. Children who can take others’ perspectives are also much less likely to get involved in conflicts.

AGES 0 TO 2: Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?, Five Little Ducks , and Whoever You Are (Bilingual edition: Whoever You Are / Quienquiera que seas)
AGES 3 TO 5: Fish is Fish, Elephant and Piggie: Are You Ready to Play Outside?, and Corduroy (Spanish edition: Corduroy)
AGES 6 TO 8: Freedom Summer, Actual Size, and Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes


Communicating is much more than understanding language, speaking, reading and writing – it is the skill of determining what one wants to communicate and realizing how our communications will be understood by others. It is the skill that teachers and employers feel is most lacking today.

AGES 0 TO 2: Baby! Talk! and Moo, Baa, La La La! (Spanish edition: Muu. Beee. ¡Así fue!)
AGES 3 TO 5: The Cow That Went Oink, The Lion and the Mouse, and Not Norman: A Goldfish Story
AGES 6 TO 8: Martin's Big WordsThe Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos (Bilingual edition), and Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty


Making connections is at the heart of learning—figuring out what’s the same, what’s different and sorting these things into categories. Making unusual connections is at the core of creativity. In a world where people can Google for information, it is the people who can see the connections who can go beyond knowing information to using this information well.

AGES 0 TO 2: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Bilingual edition: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes / Diez deditos de las manos y diez deditos de los pies), The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Bilingual edition: The Very Hungry Caterpillar / La oruga muy hambrienta), and Not a Box
AGES 3 TO 5: Caps for Sale (Spanish edition: Se venden gorras), Harold and the Purple Crayon  (Spanish edition: Harold y el lapiz color morado), and Alphabet City
AGES 6 TO 8: I Am Different! Can you Find Me?, On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather, and The Pot That Juan Built


Critical thinking is the ongoing search for valid and reliable knowledge to guide beliefs, decisions, and actions.

AGES 0 TO 2: Blue Hat Green Hat (Spanish edition: Azul el sombrero, verde el sombrero),  The Runaway Bunny , Where's My Teddy?
AGES 3 TO 5: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Spanish edition: Si le das una galletita a un raton), Are You My Mother? (Spanish edition: ¿Eres mi mama?), and  What Can You Do with a Paleta / Que puedes hacer con una paleta? (Bilingual edition)
AGES 6 TO 8: Grace for President and Nate the Great


Life is full of stresses and challenges. Children who are willing to take on challenges (instead of avoiding them or simply coping with them) do better in school and in life.

AGES 0 TO 2: Llama, Llama Red Pajama (Spanish edition:  La llama llama rojo pijama) and My Truck is Stuck
AGES 3 TO 5: Owen, The Little Engine that Could, and Brontorina
AGES 6 TO 8: Knuffle Bunny (Spanish edition:  El conejito Knuffle: Un cuento aleccionador), Horton Hears a Who, and The Empty Pot


It is through learning that we can realize our potential. As the world changes, so can we, for as long as we live—as long as we learn.

AGES 0 TO 2: From Head to Toe (Spanish edition: De la cabeza a los pies) and Where's Spot?
AGES 3 TO 5: My Five Senses (Spanish edition:  Aprende y descubre la ciencia: Mis cinco sentidos), The Snowy Day, and Miss Rumphius (Spanish edition: La Senorita Runfio)
AGES 6 TO 8: Lemonade in Winter, Dinosaurs Before Dark, and Mr. George Baker