Camille is determined to rake her own pile of leaves—all the way up to her knees! She swishes leaves to and fro, watching her pile grow bigger alongside the piles made by Daddy and her little brother, Jayden. WHOOSH! After raking leaves to the top of her boots, a giant breeze blows the pile back down to her ankles. But Camille won’t be stopped until she gets the job done––a knee-high pile, the perfect size for . . . jumping in!
Leaves to My Knees is a playful introduction to the early math concepts of size comparison and measurement. A note by researcher and mathematics learning expert Marlene Kliman explains how parents and caregivers can use the book to help young children explore different sizes and measurement in everyday environments.
Ellen Mayer is an award-winning children’s author who has worked as an education researcher and early literacy home visitor. Leaves to My Knees is her ninth book for children. Her other math story books, Banana for Two and Clean Up, Up, Up!, were also published by Star Bright Books. Ellen loves to rake leaves in the fall––especially when she has help from her grandchildren. She lives with her husband and very large cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Visit: ellenmayerbooks.com. Nicole Tadgell is an award-winning watercolor artist of more than 30 luminous picture books. Her books have received numerous honors, including the Christopher Award and the Children’s Africana Book Award. They have been included on the Smithsonian Notable Books for Children, the New York Public Library’s Best 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and many more notable lists. Born in Detroit, Michigan, frequent moves weren’t easy for Nicole, especially to new schools where she was the only Black kid in class. Art has always been both an escape and a labor of love for Nicole. Today, she brings stories to life while advocating for diversity in children’s literature. Nicole lives in Chesapeake, Virginia.