As a riff on the Institutes’ Bits of Intelligence and How to Teach Your Baby Math programs, inspired by Joseph’s joy in looking at those dots and in reading books with simply an object and its name, I have published a few books at Blurb. They all follow the same basic design principle: Numeral and text in four languages on the left, dots on the right. This is what it looks like:
I’ve published three versions:
one, full-length, with dots from zero to one hundred – hardback, the one I’ve also ordered for us;
one, mid-length, with dots from zero to fifty and the tens up to one hundred – hardback, as well, and a bit cheaper;
one, short, with dots from zero to twenty and the tens up to one hundred – softcover, for the cost-conscious crowd.
I’ll post more here as soon as I know how Joseph likes them and what I think of the paper quality, and of course I’d welcome your feedback, too!
Update November 21, 2011: Joseph loves the book and will pick it out of his book collection frequently. The cover is a sturdy cardboard, which protects the pages from accidental abuse. Although Joseph can handle the pages most of the time, their thickness is perhaps almost borderline for a 17-month-old. Here’s Joseph having fun with his dots counting book: