Counting crows by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey (2015)

[Published by Simon and Schuster]


The last library where I worked as a children’s librarian had a fantastically multi-cultural customer base. One of my favourite memories is of a regular Chinese grandfather, who spoke almost no English, sitting with his granddaughter after storytime, singing her the alphabet song, just like we had done during our session. That day I discovered that reading stories and singing songs the audience can join in with might not just be benefiting the small people in your audience.

And look at that, today’s book is a winner in the audience-joining-in category! A series of bright perky crows descend on our pages in small clusters. “One, two, three, four, five, six crows in a nest of straw and sticks.” All sorts of tasty goodies are consumed by these peckish chaps until the arrival of a cat encourages a hasty getaway. IMG_1777

The illustrations are beautiful, pencil sketches provide the backdrops, which contrast with the bright stripy flappy crows. Definitely one to add to the counting storytime pile.

Check out Counting crows at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Counting crows from Fishpond.


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