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, 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, by 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, 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.”
Emily’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.
Henry’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.