100 Days. . . of Counting Books

Our President-elect just announced his plan for his first 100 days in office. But this length of time isn’t the exclusive provenance of powerful politicians; it’s also a popular title trope in counting books for young readers. Here are five of them, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews:


100-days-of-cool-stuart-murphy100 Days of Cool, by Stuart J. Murphy

Murphy uses a lively classroom scenario to dramatize important math concepts. Here a group of kids come to school dressed “cool” in sequins and sunglasses for “the first day of cool,” and their cool teacher challenges them to keep it up for 99 more days. The next day the kids wear cool socks. On Day 5 they decorate their bikes. On Day 25 they dye their hair.


100-days-of-school-trudy-harris100 Days of Schoolby Trudy Harris

Expressing one number in a variety of ways is an excellent exercise for small children beginning to understand the nonlinear nature of math. In this book, Harris uses familiar objects–pennies, bees, toes, blackberries–to demonstrate this concept in an enjoyable way.




100-ways-to-celebrate-100-days-bruce-goldstone100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days, by Bruce Goldstone

Each double-page spread of this well-designed, large-format book presents several ideas for celebrating the 100th day, and even the suggestions are numbered, such as “10: String 100 cereal loops to make a tasty necklace”; “49: Line up 100 dominoes and then tip them over”; and “100: Blow out 100 candles.”




emilys-first-100-days-of-schoolEmily’s First 100 Days of School, by Rosemary Wells

This counting book, with bright, big pages, is also a starting-school story with lots of facts and popular sayings about numbers in daily life. For each number from 1 to 100, there’s a detailed scenario, with Wells’ familiar, endearing cast of bunnies, beavers, cats, pigs, and other creatures, at school and home.



henrys-100-days-of-kindergarten-nancy-carlsonHenry’s 100 Days of Kindergarten, by Nancy Carlson

Carlson sweetens up the kindergarten counting theme with a clever plot featuring Henry the mouse. On the first day of kindergarten, the teacher tells the class she will add a jellybean a day to a jar, and when it’s filled with 100 jellybeans, the class will have a party. Everyone will bring in 100 things for show and tell, and then they’ll eat the candy.





About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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