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Children's Nonfiction Counting & Numbers

Counting on Fall

by (author) Lizann Flatt

illustrated by Ashley Barron

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2017
Counting & Numbers, General, General
Recommended Age
5 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 2
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2017
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2014
    List Price

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In Counting on Fall, the first title in the best-selling Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children in Grades K to 2 learn concepts of number sense and numeration.
As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found by observing everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like you? Would leaves fall in patterns? Would whales enter a race? In Counting on Fall, the first title in the four-book Math in Nature series by award-winning author Lizann Flatt, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of number sense and numeration. The engaging “What if?” format of this informational picture book is sure to delight children in Grades K to 2.
Each of the four books in the Math in Nature series covers one season of the year and one area of math curriculum. Colorful, cut-paper collage art evokes the natural world, while two levels of text — one a lyrical story, the other asking children to problem-solve — bring the reader to a full understanding of the math concept being covered.

Free downloadable teacher's guide, lesson plan, and activities available at

About the authors

LIZANN FLATT has written many information books for children, including The Nature Treasury and Let’s Go! A former editor of chickaDEE Magazine, her children’s writing has won many honors, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers. She lives in Muskoka, ON.

Lizann Flatt's profile page

ASHLEY BARRON’s vibrant cut-paper collage illustrations appear in more than twelve picture books, including Chaiwala! by Priti Maheshwari, My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf (winner of the Schneider Family Book Award), City Baby by Laurie Elmquist (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year) and Pretty Tricky by Etta Kaner (a Kirkus Best Picture Book and an Outstanding Science Trade Book). Ashley lives with her partner and three cats in Toronto, Ontario.

Ashley Barron's profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens

Editorial Reviews

Barron's cut-paper collages have the crispness of an autumn afternoon, and Flatt smoothly touches on estimation, counting by fives and tens, counting backwards, and other mathematical concepts while maintaining a gentle, whimsical tone.

Publishers Weekly

The strikingly beautiful layers of paper art truly draw the reader into the educational storyline...Counting on Fall is highly recommended for school library collections.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Readers will be captivated by the text's playful but challenging and evocative words with activity questions in sidebars...A great addition to any classroom or home library.

Reading Today

Barron’s artwork is lovely, each spread filled with natural colors, textures and 3-D scenery...

Kirkus Reviews

A worthy addition to the number of counting and seasonal books among the primary bookshelves.

Books for Kids blog

"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments."

Green Teacher Magazine

Warm colors, charming images of numerous birds and animals (some familiar, some not so) make this an appealing read.

Sal's Fiction Addiction

Parents and teachers who want to promote better math skills will be pleased to have a seasonal story that also accomplishes this goal.

Story Time Secrets

The art and simple statement/question structure gear the book particularly well to use in the classroom, where a reading could be followed by a collage craft to engage tactile learners with mathematical principles.

Quill & Quire

Questions posed in charmingly worded spreads...make this a perfect book for looking at and talking over together, or for curious children to pursue on their own.

Shelf Candy

Offers a realistic connection between math concepts and the world we live in, something that is often missing in students' math understandings.

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