By Janie Reinart
One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go! You guessed it! Your challenge this month is to write a counting story. You can add magic to your counting book like Dawn Young in Counting Elephants. Kate Read's story, One Fox is a counting book thriller. Be sure to check out the ultimate list of counting books on Anna Geiger's blog. Anna Geiger, M.Ed. is CEO of the Measured Mom blog. Check out her post The Ultimate List of Counting Books.
I recently read the picture book, I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbit to my two grandsons aged six and three. When I was finished, both boys yelled, "Read it again!" The boys laughed out loud in several places in the story.
|By Will Mabbitt|
"This is a book about worms. (I can only draw worms.)
Here's worm ONE.
Here's worm TWO.
Here they are both together.
It's hard to know which is which.
I'll. give the second worm glasses.
That's better. Now you can tell them apart."
|By Vivian Kirkfield|
Wildlife greets the day and finds shelter, safety, and fun on the river in this lyrical, ecologically oriented counting book. Vivian Kirkfield created back matter that introduces each species, conservation efforts, causes for animals to become endangered, and what people can do to protect wild habitats.
in a chorus of birdsong.
One willow flycatcher whistles
as the night slips silently away."
|By Anthony D. Fredericks|
Tall Tall Tree: A Nature Book for Kids About Forest Habitats is a rhyming counting book with STEAM activities. Back matter contains information about redwood trees and the animals that live there.
"Creeping, hopping, zipping
throughout the redwood's green
are many different creatures
who are very seldom seen.
They live among the branches
high in this tall tall tree.
Insects, birds, and mammals.
Let's count them--one, two three."
Have fun creating your counting story. Mention your favorite counting books in the comments.
Ready. Set. Go!