Leaves to My Knees

Camille is determined to rake her own pile of fall leaves that’s big enough to jump in – leaves all the way up to her knees – using the new rake that Daddy gave her. But can she get the job done, when the natural world and her little brother conspire against her? Come out into the yard with Camille and her Daddy and little brother Jayden for an autumn challenge – and some size comparison and measurement math fun. 

Illustration © 2022 by Nicole Tadgell

Includes a note from early childhood mathematics expert Marlene Kliman that shows parents and caregivers how they can help young children explore different sizes and measurement in everyday environments.

An early draft of this book was supported in part by TERC under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation. 

To see more of award-winning illustrator Nicole Tadgell’s artwork, click here.

“Camille and family show how easy it is to weave STEM learning into the everyday.” Publishers Weekly

“Leaves to My Knees packs volumes of research-based math, literacy, and emotional development concepts into a sweet and simple story that children will want to read and act out again and again. The gently sentimental and finely detailed storytelling is reflected in both the lilting text and the lyrical watercolor illustrations. It is, first and foremost, the story of a regular family on an autumn day finding the fun, the math, the rhyme, and the love in working together on chores. Our irresistible narrator and intrepid raking-machine Camille walks us through her mathematical thinking as she overcomes obstacles in order to reach her goal. The deeply integrated and developmentally appropriate academic concepts woven together with the realistic representation of a gentle dad and bright young girl of color make us proud to add this title to Tandem’s book collection.” – Kelsey Gottschalk, program director of Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

“This book is a great way to show both children and their caregivers that math is everywhere and can be promoted by everyday activities at any age. In this book size comparisons between how tall the 3 characters are compared to one another, the comparative size of the pile of leaves and the use of non-standard measuring units (to my ankles and to my knees) are wonderful examples of family-based math opportunities.” – Dr. Eugene Geist, professor of early childhood education, Ohio University

To order

starbright Indiebound amazon

ISBN 978-1-59572-959-0 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-59572-960-6 (Paperback)
Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Published by Star Bright Books, 2022
Picture book, 32 pages
For ages 3-6

Hojas hasta las rodillas / Leaves to My Knees, 2022
Spanish/English bilingual edition
ISBN-13: 978-1595729613