Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick is Goodnight, Numbers.
What does the Hallmark channel, popular TV shows The Wonder Years, The West Wing, Dancing with the Stars and math have in common? Actress, mathematician and author Danica McKellar!
Written by: Danica McKeller
Illustrated by: Alicia Padrón
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (2017)
Suitable for ages: 2-5
Themes/Topics: bedtime, numbers, counting
Brief Synopsis: Goodnight, Numbers is a bedtime book and concept book about numbers. Using the same pattern as the classic book Goodnight Moon, children say goodnight to things familiar to them – two hands, three wheels on a tricycle, four paws on a cat. The book highlights the fact that numbers are all around us.
Opening pages: “Goodnight, one fork, Goodnight, one spoon, Goodnight, one bowl, I’ll see you soon.”
Why I like this book: Genius! Really, the book and McKellar. The rhyme is perfect. The illustrations are soft and gentle and include diverse families. Children can see numbers are everywhere and practice counting along on every spread.
A letter to parents, grandparents and caretakers as well as an author’s note with suggestions on how to use the book is included.
PBS Kids Counting Around the House
Hands On As We Grow website 16 Counting Activities for Preschoolers
Since Halloween is coming soon, Counting Halloween Candy Activity
Read other perfect picture book Friday reviews at author Susanna Hill’s blog.
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