Little Simon. Aug. 2023. 30p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9781665939362.
Toddler-PreS–Forman always creates a safe, snug path into her material that brings attention to the never-small issues of young children. In this counting book, she brings in an inclusive cast of brown and Black children, one by one, in pages adorned with Gaines’s welcoming, glowing illustrations. Whether this is used as a counting book or as a memorable lineup of those facing a hopeful future, the lilt of its text and the view of a better world won’t be lost on children.
VERDICT Sweet, symbolic, and uplifting, this is a morning count-off that will inspire.

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