It took me about 30 years to write my first 100-page work. My son, however, loved numbers so much that he wrote his first 100+ page book at the age of five: The Numbers Cool Book.
This e-book would be great for young students just learning how to count or for older students who might want to write something of their own. Total word count comes in at roughly 1900 words, but that is spaced over numbers 1-208 on 157 pages with around 210 hand-drawn pictures of numbers doing things.
That's right, the numbers are all personified, and they are all doing something. Sure, there might be three different numbers all going down slides, but I have to say that James did a pretty good job of coming up with surprising tasks for his numbers. For example, Number 204 is jumping on a pogo stick. And Number 129 pulled a lever in the grass that, when pulled, made a new lever.
Inspire your Pre-K and Kindergarteners to read and write. The amount of dedication to write and illustrate a book like this might seem improbable, but we did not push him. Maybe your students or children aren't inspired by numbers, but the process of drawing and writing by hand will help them if you can help them find a passion.
Honestly, if my kids came home with a whole-class book this fun and creative, I'd be impressed. The fact that one kid made it means that there are other kids out there just dreaming of getting the chance to be this creative. Download the book and show them how to get started.
I added Montessori as a category, not because he attends a Montessori school (he doesn't), but the idea that students are self-guided. So are homeschooled kids. If you homeschool and your kids have yet to write their own books, take a look.
Keep in mind that this really and truly was written and illustrated by a five year-old. I did not re-draw his drawings or or re-think his sentences. Most of his words were transcribed by an adult because he could not write when he began the project, but he kind of taught himself how to write as he worked on it. He got A LOT of practice reading, writing, and thinking creatively while writing this book. Your kids can do the same.
I don't want to downplay how awesome this book would be for someone who legitimately loves numbers. James always loved number and alphabet books. He moved on to maps and the comics section, but if your little ones enjoy or need practice counting to 200, reading simple sentences, or trying to figure out intricate (but amateur) drawings, this is a must-have.
If you want this book as a paperback, it's available through
Just make sure to order 1-208 on Amazon unless you want the Kindle 1-100.
Too bad books cost so much to publish through these websites, but the file is pretty cool, too.