1, 2, 3...Build!

A review of Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus

Billed as a counting book, Cyrus brings much more to this artful picture book.  We count bricks by ones, fives, tens and twenties.  Readers also learn how bricks and mortar are made, and are treated to the math, science, design and artistry involved in bricklaying.  The rhyming text invites repeated read-alouds. And the photo-realistic illustrations are worth multiple visits as well, with a racially diverse cast of characters that range in age from children to grandparents, all sporting hardhats and coveralls and fully involved in the building. Children can follow one youngster as he carries a single brick through the pages, and an adult who is picking up more and more items with each page turn.  This is a great book for sharing with your young Maker or DIY enthusiast before reaching for your stash of LEGOs, KEVA Planks or blocks.