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Here is a list of fun, clever books on math for kids. Math is not always challenging. These math books will build a love of math. Read, have fun, and learn a lot!

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  • Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: Click, Clack, Splish, Splash

    Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Jan. 1, 2006)
    1 farmer sleeping. 2 feet creeping 3 buckets piled high. 4 chickens standing by. Duck is about to trick poor Farmer Brown once again. While the farmer is sleeping the afternoon away, Duck and the other animals are planning a most unusual fishing trip. Sneaking past Farmer Brown is going to be as easy as 1, 2, 3! This numerical adventure for the very youngest Duck fans brings counting books to a whole new level -- click, clack, splish, splash!
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  • One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab

    April Pulley Sayre

    Paperback (Walker Books Ltd, May 3, 2004)
    If one is a snail, and two is a person... we must be counting by feet! Children will love this hilariously illustrated introduction to simple counting and multiplication with big feet and small - on people and spiders, dogs and insects, snails and crabs - from one to one hundred!
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  • Monster Musical Chairs

    Stuart J. Murphy, Scott Nash

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Aug. 22, 2000)
    Monster Musical Chairs! Every time the music stops, one more monster is OUT! Kids won't be able to sit still for this musical introduction to subtraction at its simplest. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.This is a Level 1 MathStart book, which is perfect for kids ages 5 and up. The MathStart series uses funny stories and colorful art to show kids that they use math every day, even outside of the classroom! Each book features an activity guide to have fun with the math concepts presented in the story.
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  • City by Numbers

    Stephen T. Johnson

    Paperback (Puffin Books, July 28, 2003)
    In the ideal follow-up to his stunning Caldecott Honor book Alphabet City, Stephen T. Johnson turns his talents towards numbers. Wordless spreads featuring impressively photo-realistic paintings of New York City invite readers both young and old to search for the numbers zero through twenty-one hidden in the images. From a sweeping 4 found in the span of an urban bridge to the 13 of a faded crosswalk, this is an intriguing new way to think about numbers and the world around you.
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  • Olivia Counts

    Ian Falconer

    Board book (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, June 1, 2002)
    Count along with Olivia! In this enchanting board book, toddlers will join everyone's favorite piglet as they learn to count from one to ten.Count along with Olivia! In this enchanting board book, toddlers will join everyone's favorite piglet as they learn to count from one to ten.
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  • Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

    Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Lois Ehlert

    Board book (Little Simon, July 22, 2014)
    The beloved counting-themed companion to the bestselling Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is now available as a Classic Board Book!1 told 2and 2 told 3,“I'll race you to the top of the apple tree.” One hundred and one numbers climb the apple tree in this bright, rollicking, joyous rhyme, now available as a Classic Board Book. As the numerals pile up and bumblebees threaten, what’s the number that saves the day? (Hint: It rhymes with “hero.”) Young children can read and count and play and laugh to learn the surprising answer.
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  • How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten?

    Jane Yolen, Mark Teague

    Board book (Blue Sky Press, Sept. 1, 2004)
    The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their beloved dinosaurs in a new format with this fun, read-aloud board book that teaches young children to count from one to ten!Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs delight young readers with their playful antics. How do dinosaurs count to ten? Over and over and over again!This brand new board book format brings the gigantic humor of bestselling, award-winning team Jane Yolen and Mark Teague to the youngest readers, helping them learn to count from one to ten with a simple, rhyming text and laugh-out-loud illustrations! A perfect companion book to the other HOW DO DINOSAURS tales, and a great baby gift as well.
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  • Food For Thought

    Saxton Freymann, Joost Elffers

    Hardcover (Arthur A. Levine Books, Feb. 1, 2005)
    The five concepts every child must learn -- shapes, colors, numbers, ABCs, and opposites -- all in one outrageous book of vivacious veggies and fruits.The authors of HOW ARE YOU PEELING? serve up a cornucopia of concepts in this big book for brilliant babies. Shapes: Is that a carrot, or a triangle? Colors: Watch for peppers in every range of the rainbow. Numbers: A zero-to-ten zoo! ABCs: A full produce section of sculptures acts out the alphabet. And Opposites: You've never seen Up/Down and Big/Little like this before! Every time we think Saxton Freymann can do no more with bok choy or broccoli, he astonishes us all over again. And this book is one-stop shopping for all parents' early-childhood education needs. Try some FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
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  • Potato Joe

    Keith Baker

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, June 1, 2008)
    This fresh adaptation of the classic "One Potato, Two Potato" nursery rhyme is a counting adventure and rollicking good time rolled into one. Spunky leader Potato Joe and his nine spuds pals count up to ten and back down again, all while playing games and meeting up with other garden friends. With its playful tone and hilariously expressive potatoes, Potato Joe is a spud-tastically fun read-aloud, and a perfect companion to Keith Baker's previous nursery rhyme interpretations, Big Fat Hen and Hickory Dickory Dock.
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  • Five Creatures

    Emily Jenkins, Tomek Bogacki

    Paperback (Square Fish, March 10, 2005)
    Three humans and two catsFive creatures live in our house. Three humans, and two cats. Three short, and two tall. Four grownups, and one child (that's me!). In this book of lighthearted comparisons, simple text and warm pictures work together to depict various scenes in a happy household where each member is distinct but also has something inn common with one or more of the others. The fun comes from sorting out the similarities and the differences. Five Creatures is a 2001 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books.
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  • My Little Sister Ate One Hare

    Bill Grossman

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Sept. 29, 1998)
    In this uproariously funny counting book, illustrated by popular artist Kevin Hawkes, a ravenous little sister eats everything from one hare to ten peas. Now in Dragonfly, this is the perfect book for any kid who loves to giggle (and who doesn't?) and parents who love to hear them.
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  • One Hundred Hungry Ants

    Elinor J Pinczes, Bonnie MacKain

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 27, 1999)
    One hundred hungry ants march off single file to sample a picnic, but when the going gets too slow, they divide into two rows of fifty, then four rows of twenty . . . until they take so long that the picnic is gone!
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  • Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles

    By (author) Christopher Wormell

    Hardcover (Running Press Book Publishers, March 15, 2004)
    "With his trademark colorful and compelling images of animals both familiar and exotic, acclaimed British illustrator, Christopher Wormell, brings a uniquely artful point of view to the traditional cou"
  • Ten Black Dots

    Donald Crews

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, March 17, 1986)
    What can you do with ten black dots?"One dot can make a sun or a moon when day is done. Two dots can make the eyes of a fox...". Count all the way to ten with Donald Crews and delight in the simple rhymes, everyday objects, and stunning graphics of a master of the picture concept book.
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  • Let's Count to 100!

    Masayuki Sebe

    Hardcover (Kids Can Press, Aug. 1, 2011)
    Let's Count to 100! comprises 11 bright panoramas, each featuring a delightful assortment of 100 different objects. Readers are invited to count the items and are also challenged to find specific details, such as a mouse with a red bow or a lone rabbit amid a giant flock of sheep. This book is packed with appealing images of children, fish, cats, moles and other cute critters -- no two of which are alike -- and readers will enjoy the many different moods and expressions on display. Each spread is also full of hidden dramas youngsters will love discovering for themselves, such as a hungry piranha poised to take a nibble of an elephant's pink trunk. Kids will also like spotting how each scene, such as a meandering stream or a bustling cityscape, visually connects to the one that came before and the one that follows.
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  • How Many Bugs in a Box?: A Pop Up Counting Book

    David A. Carter

    Hardcover (Little Simon, Feb. 15, 1988)
    All kinds of boxes full of all kinds of bugs make a book full of fun and surprises! Inside each bright box are bugs to count from one to ten. Young children will laugh and learn as they lift open the boxes and find colorful, comical bugs that pop out, run, eat -- and even swim! How Many Bugs in a Box? will keep youngsters counting over and over again.
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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Eric Carle

    Board book (Philomel Books, March 23, 1994)
    THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?Including a special feature, die cuts, this beautiful board book edition, perfect for teaching the days of the week, offers readers an interactive experience. "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..." —Mother's Manual"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..." —The New York Times Book Review
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  • Follow the Line

    Laura Ljungkvist

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, May 4, 2006)
    Follow the line on a journey from the city to the country, from the sky to the ocean, from morning till night. Laura Ljungkvist uses her trademark continuous line style to create the perfect counting book for young children. Each scene contains questions designed to get children looking, counting, and thinking. For example, in the underwater picture, children can count seashells, turtles, and the legs on an octopus. Each page is packed with colorful, artful objects and animals—and young counters can follow the line from the front cover to the back cover, through each stunning scene.
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  • Follow the Line to School

    Laura Ljungkvist

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, July 7, 2011)
    Follow the line from the science corner to the library, from recess to show-and-tell. This new Follow the Line book-illustrated in Laura Ljungkvist's signature line style-takes children on a colorful, comforting, and altogether fun romp through the school day. With its unique modern design and engaging interactive text, Follow the Line to School is sure to appeal to both new and returning students.
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  • Museum 123

    The (NY) Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Hardcover (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Oct. 6, 2004)
    In this simple and elegant counting book from the world's most renowned museum, numbers are introduced to children through masterpieces of art. Each number from one to ten has four pages devoted to it. First, readers are invited to search for how many of a certain object they can find in a single piece of art. Then, they turn the page to discover four different works illustrating that number. Information about each piece of art and its creator appear in the back of the book. While kids practice counting, adults will love the cultural richness and educational value of this tour through the Metropolitan Museum's collection, from Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings and tenth century Iranian art to the work of Vincent Van Gogh and Homer Winslow.
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  • Fish Eyes

    Lois Ehlert

    Board book (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 1, 2018)
    Dive into Lois Ehlert's bright and vivid underwater world where toddlers learn to count to ten with all different kinds of colorful fish. With simple but striking illustrations and lyrical, rhythmic text, young readers will enjoy this charming and engaging new lap board book edition. Don your fish scales and dive into this brightly colored counting fish adventure! This lap-size board book edition of one of Lois Ehlert’s most popular books features interactive fun with die-cut fish eyes to touch and an energetic fish friend to guide young readers through their reading journey. Perfect for sharing!
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  • My Granny Went to Market

    Stella Blackstone, Christopher Corr

    Hardcover (Barefoot Books, March 1, 2005)
    Fly away with Granny as she takes a magic carpet ride around the world, collecting a steadily increasing number of souvenirs from each exotic location! This rhyming story will take young readers on an adventure to different countries while teaching them to count along the way.
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  • What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure

    Suzanne Slade, Joan Waites

    Hardcover (Sylvan Dell Publishing, June 10, 2009)
    Come along on an adding animal adventure. Add baby animals to the adults to see how many there are all together. And while you are at it, learn what some of the zoo animals eat or what the baby animals are called. Follow the little lost red balloon as it soars through the zoo. At the end of the day, count up all the animals you have seen. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: How many animals do you see?, Tens make friends, Adding by columns, Fact families, Food for thought, Animal matching activity, and Animal classes.
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  • Quack and Count

    Keith Baker

    Board book (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 1, 2003)
    Slip, slide, leap, and dive with a family of seven lively ducklings as they get ready to fly for the very first time. It's an adventure little ones will want to recount again and again!
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  • Five Silly Fishermen

    Roberta Edwards, Sylvie Wickstrom

    Paperback (Random House Books for Young Readers, Oct. 17, 1989)
    Illus. in full color. Five fishermen go out in a boat and think that only four come back, until they realize the silly counting mistake they have made.
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  • Skippyjon Jones Shape Up

    Judy Schachner

    Board book (Dutton Books for Young Readers, Jan. 24, 2008)
    Skippyjon has an overactive imagination. And he is pretty active himself. Here he shapes up with shapes: he runs in a circle, tap-dances on a square, orbits an oval. And then the great sword fighter shows his muscles.
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  • Shapes

    Scholastic

    Board book (Children's Press, March 1, 2013)
    Colorful photos of familiar objects make it easy for your toddler to learn about shapes.Rookie Toddler books offer fun ways to engage with little ones during story time and play time. Each book includes story-related tips that help extend the reading experience and emphasize key learnings. Engaging photographs and illustrations will delight your toddler while encouraging a love of reading.
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  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes

    Tana Hoban

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, March 29, 1996)
    Geometric shapes are all around us! In this wordless book from top-selling picture-book creator Tana Hoban, children learn to look closely to find them. Circles, squares, stars, triangles, hearts, and rectangles—how many can you see? Simple, clear, practical, Shapes, Shapes, Shapes is a fun way for children to learn. Sit together with a child at home or in a preschool classroom and use this book to enjoyably teach this core preschool/kindergarten skill: geometry.Dozens of real-world photographs of buildings, shoes, people at work, and more help young readers build observation skills as they hunt for shapes hidden in plain sight.“This marvelous book from a top notch photographer gives children the opportunity to see the world around them, not just look at it,” said Publishers Weekly. “Do your eyes a favor, and don’t miss this one," wrote School Library Journal.
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  • Shape

    Henry Arthur Pluckrose

    Paperback (Childrens Pr, Sept. 1, 1995)
    Photographs of familiar objects introduce basic shapes of squares, circles, rectangles and triangles.
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  • Shape by Shape

    Suse MacDonald

    Hardcover (Little Simon, June 23, 2009)
    What am I?I lived a long, long time ago. I had round eyes… lots of sharp teeth… This new concept book from Caldecott Honor illustrator Suse MacDonald is sure to entertain children. As readers turn the brightly colored, die cut pages, shapes on each page come together to reveal a creature from long ago. Page by page, MacDonald’s bright, cut-paper, collage-style artwork transforms circles into eyes and triangles into scales until a familiar creature is revealed, with the aid of a large fold-out page, on the final spread. This 9 X 9 jacketed hardcover has die-cut cardstock pages.
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  • Triangle

    Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

    Hardcover (Candlewick, March 14, 2017)
    Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen conspire again on a slyly funny tale about some very sneaky shapes.Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks. . . . With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humor, here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of today’s most irreverent — and talented — picture book creators.
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  • Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres

    Tana Hoban

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, Sept. 19, 2000)
    Cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. Sounds sophisticated? Only until you look at Tana Hoban's incomparable photographs and realize that those shapes are the stuff of everyday life. They are all around us all the time. In our houses, on our streets, in our hands. In yet another breathtaking book, Tana Hoban wakes us up to our world and makes us see it.
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  • I Spy Shapes in Art

    Lucy Micklethwait

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, Aug. 10, 2004)
    Each of the fourteen magnificent paintings in this book contains a different shape for you to find. Some are easy to spot, and others are more challenging. But take a closer look -- after you think you've found them all, there are even more shapes to look at and discover.I Spy Shapes in Art features a remarkable variety of artists from around the world, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and M.C. Escher. This picture book pairs a classic game with timeless art, making it the perfect way to introduce fine art to children.
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  • Circle

    Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

    Hardcover (Candlewick, March 5, 2019)
    Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen deliver the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and Circle.This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.
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  • Circle Dogs

    Kevin Henkes, Dan Yaccarino

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, Jan. 9, 2001)
    Shhh. They're sleeping now...In the big, square house live the two circle dogs. When the sun comes up and the baby cries, the circle dogs wake up. With a flip-flap of their tails, they're ready to play in a big square yard. They like to eat and take a nap. Then it's time to play again. And when night comes, the circle dogs like to sleep and sleep and sleep. Shhh...
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  • Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

    Roseanne Thong, Grace Lin

    Hardcover (Chronicle Books, July 1, 2000)
    A little girl's neighborhood becomes a discovery ground of things round, square and rectangular. Many of the objects are Asian in origin, other universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and pizza boxes, rectangular Chinese lace and very special pencil case. Bright art accompanies this lively introduction to shapes and short glossary explains the cultural significance of the objects featured in the book. Perfect for read-alouds or one-on-one sharing.
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  • Not a Box

    Antoinette Portis

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Dec. 12, 2006)
    Don't miss this wholly original celebration of the power of imagination, winner of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. This picture book with its visual humor and simple dialogue is great for fans of Mo Willems and Crockett Johnson—and it's a thoughtful graduation gift for creative people of all ages.A box is just a box...unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over inside a cardboard box, and through play, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.After reading this book aloud, continue the fun by drawing shapes like a triangle or circle, and asking your child what the triangle is NOT!
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  • Square

    Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

    Hardcover (Candlewick, May 8, 2018)
    The beguiling second entry in the innovative shape trilogy by multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really? With the second story in a trilogy of tales about Triangle, Square, and Circle, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen nudge readers toward a more well-rounded way of looking at things. Understated and striking in its simplicity, this funny, thoughtful offering from two of today’s most talented picture-book creators emphasizes the importance of keeping your eyes — and your mind — open to wonder where others see only rubble and rocks.
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  • Square

    Robin Nelson

    Paperback (LernerClassroom, Jan. 1, 2004)
    This book is a basic introduction to the square.
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  • Missing Math: A Number Mystery

    Loreen Leedy

    eBook (Two Lions, Oct. 23, 2012)
    In Missing Math, the numbers all over town suddenly disappear. The animals can’t count, use the phone, or even find out what time it is. Rulers, money, and computers have all become completely useless. . . . Can the town’s detective solve this numerical mystery? Will he ever bring the numbers back home again? Loreen Leedy’s clever rhyming text PLUS her amusing digitally painted illustrations EQUALS proof that we need math each and every day.
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  • Stack the Cats

    Susie Ghahremani

    Board book (Harry N. Abrams, May 8, 2018)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack! Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!
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  • Balance the Birds

    Susie Ghahremani

    Hardcover (Harry N. Abrams, Oct. 2, 2018)
    A follow-up to Stack the Cats, Balance the Birds is about balance and relative size. When birds spot a tree and decide to land on its branches, the readers can help them find the perfect balance. Like Stack the Cats, Balance the Birds introduces key early math skills for toddlers.
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  • Bigger Than You

    Hyewon Kyung

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, July 31, 2018)
    Playground antics have never been so much fun! Young dinosaurs play together on the playground until one dinosaur gets angry and tries to ruin the game for everyone.This engaging tale is perfectly pitched for preschoolers and for fans of Byron Barton’s Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs and Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?A group of young dinosaurs builds a seesaw and takes turns playing on it until the bossy, big, and TERRIBLE Tyrannosaurus interrupts their game in a fit of temper. All ends well, though, when Mom steps in and encourages a peaceful and a productive end to the conflict.Hyewon Kyung’s detailed and humorous illustrations will capture the attention of dinosaur fans, and a dinosaur information chart and educational backmatter about simple machines make this perfect for classroom, family, and story-time sharing!“I’m bigger than you!” announces the Iguanodon.“I’m bigger than you!” argues the Triceratops.“I’m MORE TERRIBLE than you!” yells the Tyrannosaurus.
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  • Walter's Wonderful Web: A First Book About Shapes

    Tim Hopgood

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Aug. 16, 2016)
    A determined little spider named Walter is trying to make a sturdy web that will stand up to the blustery wind. The webs he makes at first are woven in special shapes--a triangle, a square, a circle--but they are still wibbly-wobbly. Can Walter make a web that is both wonderful and strong? This simple, vibrant adventure is a lively companion to our two previous Tim Hopgood "first books": Wow! Said the Owl, about colors; and Hooray for Hoppy!, about the five senses.
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  • The Grouchy Ladybug

    Eric Carle

    Board book (HarperFestival, Sept. 8, 1999)
    From Eric Carle, New York Times bestselling author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Head to Toe, comes the classic story of one very grouchy ladybug. Eric Carle's bright artwork and signature style will charm both ardent fans and new readers alike. This board book features sturdy pages and is the perfect size for little hands.As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. Readers will love how this testy ladybug introduces them to many new animals and learns that maybe being grouchy isn’t always the best option.
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