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10 Minutes till Bedtime
You’re invited to join in the fun of the 10 Minutes till Bedtime. The traveling hamsters show up while the boy and his hamster are getting ready for bed. With all of these distractions will the boy and his hamster make it to bed on time?
100 Bugs! A Counting Book
A young brother and sister wake up early on the farm. They find many different kinds of bugs to count and many ways to add to ten. Count along with them and by the end of the story you will have counted to one-hundred!
A Chair for My Mother
A girl and her family save money together to buy a comfortable for chair for their new home after losing their former home in a fire.
A Frog in the Bog
Count along as a small frog eats and eats until he is no longer a small frog. Now the much bigger frog has a problem. The half-sunk log that frog is sitting on starts to rise. What’s going to happen?
A House for Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell. When he moves into a new bigger one, he realizes that it is very plain. He enlists the help of other sea creatures to help him decorate his new home.
A Pair of Socks
A colorful sock is looking for its match. It believes it will never be worn unless it is part of a pair.
A Remainder of One
The 25th squadron is divided in to even lines and rows, all except Joe. See how the bugs must divide into rows and columns for Joe to join the parade!
This book shows the actual size of animals and parts of animals. You can compare the size of your foot to the size of an African elephant’s foot! Just how big is that crocodile smile? Will a pygmy shrew fit in your pocket?
Ada Twist Scientist
Ada Twist was quiet until the age of three. Then she couldn’t stop asking why, how, what, and when. Ada wants to know about everything around her and she uses science to figure it all out!
Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
Alexander's grandparents gave him a dollar. He wants to save it to buy walkie-talkies, but it is harder then he thinks.
Animals on Board
Eleven truck drivers deliver thirty-nine animals and the top of a merry-go-round ride. Add up the tigers, swans, frogs, horses, and pandas as they pass by.
Anno's Counting Book
In this beautiful, wordless counting book, the numbers zero through twelve are illustrated in many ways, each number on its own page.
Baby Goes to Market
Mama and Baby visit the market near their home in South West Nigeria. Each market seller they visit gives baby treats without mama noticing. Baby eats one of each and puts the rest in the basket until Mama’s basket grows very heavy!
Two mice balance on a teeter-totter. More animal friends come to join in, but the teeter-totter doesn’t always balance. Find out what happens when a bird wants to join in the fun!
Banana for Two
A mom and her toddler go to the grocery store and explore the idea of one and two - one roll of paper towels, one box of cereal, two containers of yogurt, and one banana to share as a snack for two.
Ralph and Flora pick thirteen beans and try to find a way to share them evenly.
There is chance to win two tickets to the All-Star game by estimating how many jelly beans are in the Planet Toy’s display container. Two friends head to the toy store to try to score the tickets. On their way they practice estimating quantities around them.
Beep, Beep Vroom, Vroom!
Kevin has red, blue, and yellow cars that he lines up in a special way. He thinks his younger sister Molly is too young to play with his cars. Happily for Molly, Mom and Dad think she is just the right age to have her own toys cars.
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
As the title suggests, this books gives examples of the world-record holding animals in categories such as tallest, longest, strongest, etc. Many of the illustrations compare the animal to a human.
Captain Invincble and the Space Shapes
Take an adventure through the galaxy with Sam and his dog, Comet, as they face a meter shower, a cloud of poison gas, an alien ship, and a galactic beast. How will they make use of the space shapes?
Clean Up Up Up
Daddy and his little one are cleaning up before dinner. Daddy describes what they do, using spatial relationship words and phrases like up, down, inside, outside, next to, and under.
Meet the color farm as each page shows you a new animal made of shapes.
In a creative and bright way, Color Zoo, introduces a range of shapes through abstractly formed animal heads.
Counting on Frank
This is the story of a boy who sees the world a little differently than most people. He is always calculating how many of something will fit into a large space. How many of his dog Frank will fit into his bedroom? How long would it take to fill the entire bathroom with water?
Divide and Ride
Eleven best friends go to the carnival and must find a way to fill all of the seats on each ride before they can whoosh, twirl, and spin their way to fun!
Count and bark with doggies one through ten. Find out who says Mrroww!
Earth Day - Hooray!
Carly, Luke, and Ryan plan to recycle over 5,000 cans to buy flowers for the Earth Day celebration at Gilroy park. Will they make enough money to fix up the park by Earth Day?
Ben meets his mom at work at the end of the day. On their way down to the first floor, he has to use his subtraction skills to help his mom run errands.
Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest
This book describes a variety of nests and other interesting places that birds lay their eggs.
Fish Eyes is a counting story about a small fish who explains what he would see if he became a beautiful fish who flipped down rivers and splashed in the sea.
Five Little Pumpkins
In this rhyming board book, five little pumpkins are out to have some fun. When it gets late, “...out went the light and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.”
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn. Follow along as she fills her rooms with five remarkable guests.
Giraffes Can't Dance
Gerald the giraffe has long skinny legs which are good for standing on and munching on trees, but when it comes to dancing he isn’t very good. Will he dance at the Jungle Dance?
Good Night Gorilla
A playful gorilla takes the zookeepers keys, unlocks many enclosures at the zoo, and all of the animals follow the zookeeper home for the night. The zookeeper’s wife realizes the animals are all in her bedroom and returns them to the zoo. However, the gorilla and his friend the mouse sneak back to the zookeeper’s home where they pop into bed and say goodnight.
Grandfather Tang's Story
In this story within a story, Grandfather Tang and Little Soo use tangrams to illustrate the lively adventures of two shape-changing fox fairies.
Hannah loves to collect things and every collection is her favorite. Hannah doesn’t know if she can pick just one collection to bring with her to school. Explore Hannah’s collections and find out how she decides to show off her collections at school.
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
Mr. Tiffin brings three pumpkins to class. His students estimate and then find out the number of seeds in each pumpkin, counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.
Jack the Builder
Jack really likes to build with blocks. He uses his imagination to make a ferryboat, a hotdog stand and a rocket ship. What would you build with blocks?
Just a Little Bit
Elephant and Mouse want to play on the seesaw, but it won’t move! One by one, their friends come to help them out. Read on to find out who makes the seesaw move!
Just A Second
Just a Second looks at time in a unique way. The book takes different units of time and creates images of what can happen in that span of time.
Just Enough Carrots
A mama rabbit and her child are at the grocery store. The little one is trying to get the mama to buy more carrots and fewer of the things he doesn’t like to eat. But Mama has a surprise reason for buying worms and peanuts.
Lyle Walks the Dogs
Lyle Crocodile has a job walking dogs! Lyle loves dogs, but how many can he handle all at once?
More or Less
Eddie must guess the player’s age correctly to keep from getting dunked in the pool. Could it be luck or his math skills that are keeping him dry? Will anyone succeed at getting Eddie dropped into the pool?
None the Number
“How many lumps of cheese do you see just there?” “I don’t see any.” “That’s because there are none!” Follow along as the Huey characters talk about the value of none.
One Hundred Hungry Ants
One hundred hungry ants march through the forest rearranging into 4 different formations to make it to the picnic in time to get some food.
One is a Snail Ten is a Crab
Count feet and combinations of feet at the beach. Then explore how the multiples of ten can be made with different combinations of feet.
Over in the Meadow
Count the creatures that live in the meadow. Fireflies, fish, and frogs are some of the many animals waiting to be counted in this Appalachian rhyme.
Explore the visual and sound patterns of seven garden bugs that float, crawl, buzz, nibble, chirp, twinkle, and move up, down, and around.
Explore color, shape, sound, and motion patterns as seahorse, eel, puffer fish, jellyfish, octopus, and fish swim, slip, eat, blow bubbles, glide, and wiggle-jiggle- jiggle-float their way through the ocean.
Follow the adventures of a perfect square through the course of a week. See the square shredded and snipped, torn and ripped and how the pieces become something beautiful!