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Husker Numbers: A Nebraska Number Book


In Husker Numbers: A Nebraska Number Book, readers can step back in history and experience nineteenth century frontier army life at Fort Atkinson, count the many ancient petroglyphs at Indian Cave State Park, or even 'regain' their marbles at Lee's Legendary Marbles museum in York. From the majestic natural landmark of Chimney Rock (a National Historic Site) to the 900,000 gallons of salt water in the Shark Tunnel at Henry Doorly Zoo, Nebraska has 'countless' treasures for all to enjoy.




  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 8
  • ATOS Reading Level: 7.6
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 119148
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


  • Nebraska Book Award/Cover Design & Illustration Category, Winner, 2008
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau Children's Book of the Year Award, Winner, 2007


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Author: Rajean Luebs Shepherd

Rajean Luebs Shepherd was raised in Michigan and has a degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University. After graduating, she traveled the world for ten years with the international performing group Up With People. A substitute teacher, Rajean enjoys sharing her favorite children's books with her students. She lives with her family in North Platte, Nebraska.

Illustrator: Sandy Appleoff

Illustration veteran Sandy Appleoff calls home a third-generation farm in Falls City, Nebraska. Currently she is teaching and working on an MFA in stage and costume design at the University of Kansas. For more than 20 years her work in commercial illustration has appeared in a range of venues from corporate advertising, to magazines, to children's books to large-scale installation murals. Sandy's teaching career has also included the Kansas City Art Institute and Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. Sandy's cover art is loosely based on Appleoff Acres and Sandy's studio is at the bottom of the lane. The pride of Appleoff Acres was her grandparents' Rhode Island Red chickens and Black Angus cattle. The gentleman on the cover started farming the land with Sandy's grandfather and, coincidently, he also resembles her father.