A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn about counting, animals, and methods for getting some shut-eye.
Dog Loves Counting reinforces positive messages about bedtime rituals, sleeping, and learning.
Positive Role Models
Characters are simple but memorable and positive, showing enthusiasm for learning and friendly support.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dog Loves Counting stars the loveable canine hero of Dog Loves Books (2010) and Dog Loves Drawing (2012) by Louise Yates. This time, Dog is having a hard time getting to sleep, so he counts not just sheep but all kinds of animals from his books (who come to life) and even stars. This delightful story promotes literacy, curiosity, and autonomy in young readers, as Dog models a way to get to sleep on one's own.
Is It Any Good?
DOG LOVES COUNTING is a quadruple-hitter: It's a highly engaging, whimsical book that encourages enthusiasm about kids putting themselves to sleep while also promoting math and reading. And it throws in lessons in offbeat animals, to boot. A five-lined skink, anyone?
For kids, the fresh, funny language and whimsical pastel watercolor illustrations make this a really memorable way to make bedtime fun and rewarding, and parents will appreciate how many plates this book spins to foster curiosity and autonomy in readers.
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