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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

Counting Books

10 little rubber ducks / Eric Carle.  2005.  Oversize Fic C278te.    When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.

Anno’s Counting book / Mitsumasa Anno.  1977.  Fic A6154ac.  A counting book depicting the growth in a village and surrounding countryside during twelve months.

Cat Count / Betsy Lewin.  2003.  Fic   A child adds up the cats owned by ten different people and discovers that it is a lot of cats.

Count your way through Africa / by Jim Haskins.  1992.  960 H351c.  Uses the Swahili words for the numbers from one to ten to introduce the land, history, and culture of Africa.

Counting on Frank / Rod Clement.  1991.  513.55 C626c.  A boy and his dog present amusing counting, size comparison, and mathematical facts.

Counting Wildflowers / Bruce McMillan.  1986.  513.2 M1675c.  A counting book with photographs of wildflowers illustrating the numbers one through twenty.

Dinnertime! / Sue Williams.  2002. Fic W7268d.   One by one, six little rabbits escape a hungry fox.

Each orange had 8 slices: a counting book / Paul Giganti, Jr.  1992.  513.211 G459e.  An illustrated introduction to counting and simple addition.

Fish eyes: a book you can count on / Lois Ehlert.  1990.  Fic E327f.  A counting book depicting the colorful fish a child might see if he turned into a fish himself.

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed / Eileen Christelow.  2006.  398.84 C5545f.  A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.

Food for thought: the complete book of concepts for growing minds / by Saxton Freymann. 2006.  736.9 F894f.  Presents fruits and vegetables carved into shapes to teach colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and opposites.

How high can a dinosaur count?: and other math mysteries / Valorie Fisher. 2006.  513 F536h.  Fifteen miniature worlds, each showcasing a math problem.

Miss Spider’s tea party / David Kirk.  1997.  Fic K588mt.  When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

The M & M’s brand counting book / Barbara Barbieri McGrath.  2002. 513.211 M147m.  Through the use of chocolate candies this book teaches the numbers up to twelve, colors, shapes, and sets.

Moja means one: Swahili counting book / by Muriel Feelings; pictures by Tom Feelings.  1976.  390.0967 F295m, 1976. 

Mother Goose numbers on the loose / Leo & Diane Dillon.  2007.  398.84 D5794mo.  Presents an illustrated collection of twenty-four counting rhymes, from "Baa, baa black sheep" to "Wash the dishes, wipe the dishes."

Mouse Count / Ellen Stoll Walsh.  1991.  Fic W224mc.  Ten mice outsmart a hungry snake.

One / by Kathryn Otoshi. 2008.  Fic O887o.  A number/color book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count.

One leaf rides the wind: counting in a Japanese garden / Celeste Davidson Mannis.  2002.  Fic M284o.  In this collection of haiku poems, a young girl walks through a Japanese garden and discovers many delights, from one leaf to ten stone lanterns. Includes notes about Japanese religion and philosophy.

One witch / Laura Leuck.  2003.  Fic L652on.   A witch goes around to her fiendish friends--from two cats to ten werewolves--to gather the ingredients to make gruesome stew for her party.

Over in the Arctic: where the cold winds blow / Marianne Berkes. 2008.   Fic B51278o.  A counting book in rhyme presents various Arctic animals and their offspring, from a mother polar bear and her "little cub one" to an old father wolf and his "little pups ten." Includes related facts and activities.

Over in the jungle: a rainforest rhyme / Marianne Berkes.  2008.  591.734 B5128o.  A counting and singing approach for young children to learn and appreciate the animals of the tropical rainforest.

Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons / Eric Litwin & James Dean.  2012. Fic L782p.  Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.

Russell the sheep / Rob Scotton.  2005.  Fic S431r.  Russell the sheep tries all different ways to get to sleep.

Ten, Nine, Eight / Molly Bang.  1983.  Fic B216t.  Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby, which observes the room of a little girl going to bed.

Ten black dots / Donald Crews. 1986.  Fic C9273te.  A counting book which shows what can be done with ten black dots--one can make a sun, two a fox’s eyes, or eight wheels of a train.

This old man / Carol Jones.  1990.  Fic T448   An illustrated version of the traditional counting song, with some pages die-cut, allowing a portion of the next illustration to be seen.

When sheep sleep / by Laura Numeroff.  2006. Fic N971w.  Rhyming text suggests other options when one tries to count sheep but discovers that they are all asleep.

Zero / by Kathryn Otoshi.  2010.  Fic O887z.    Zero, dismayed by her big, empty, roundness, tries to force herself into the shape of the much-admired One, but must finally accept that she can only be Zero.

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