Ordinary experiences provide the setting for this imaginative counting adventure that explores twelve combinations of objects, from pinecones to peanut shells, acorns to apple seeds, that add up to eleven. (Adapted from Barnes and Noble) 1996
This humorous, oversize picture book integrates challenging math concepts and environmental concerns into a clever narrative. The text provides endless opportunities for counting, and word problems. (Adapted from School Library Journal review). 2006
A collection of twelve poems describe the activities in a child's life, and the changes in the weather, as the year moves from January to December. (Adapted from Barnes and Noble review), 2002.
Peppy, rhyming verse is paired with silly, cartoon illustrations of cats to introduce a variety of elementary math concepts with humor and fun. Basic explanations of the purpose of money, making change and equivalences, along with illustrations of American coins and bills, are explored using kid-friendly, concrete examples. (Adapted from Booklist), 2012.
Birdie and her friends try to find a house that fits her exact size. (ALA), 2004.
Illustrates, through torn-and-cut paper collages, the actual size of different animals, the importance of measurement. (ALA), 2004.
Simple text and color photographs introduce temperature, including how thermometers work, and the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. Also available in Spanish: Todo sobre la temperatura. (ALA), 2011.
This perky concept book explores map skills as it follows the paths of several animals through a variety of locales. In a series of spreads a rabbit hops, a crow flies, a horse trots, a gull glides, and an eagle soars. (Goodreads), 1993.
Large photos, simple text, and clear diagrams make for solid introductions to bar graphs and pictographs. (Adapted from Horn Books), 2008.
Like all of Murphy’s MathStart titles, this lively picture book uses a story from a child’s daily world to teach a basic math skill. Here the math is pattern recognition. At the back are practical suggestions for adults and kids to find patterns with pebbles, buttons, coins, and kitchen utensils. Demarest’s clear, simple pastel pictures express the fun of playing with cars as the vrooming action reveals the patterns in everyday things. (ALA Booklist), 2000.
Two vacationing canines with totally different life-styles teach children to recognize basic differences of size, color, and opposites. (Adapted from Google Books), 2003.
Simple, rhyming text, and quirky bug characters make learning about patterns easy and fun. The patterns are easily identified and parents and teachers can have fun asking kids to point them out or predict what should come next. (Adapted from Google Books), 2003.
While piloting his spaceship back home to Earth, Captain Invincible uses three-dimensional shapes, including cubes, cylinders, and pyramids, to save the day. Includes a note for parents and educators and additional activities. (ALA), 2001.
A deliciously sweet selection, and a nifty counting book, this is a companion to Martin and Ehlert's, Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom. Numerals race to the top with 1, 2, and 3 leading the way. Next come 4, 5, and 6 climbing right behind, but "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3… Will there be a place for me?" asks 0. This story is a perfect selection for 100th day or Zero the Hero celebrations. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2013.
The geometric concepts of circles, triangles, and squares are demonstrated in photographs of bubbles, windows, stacks of pipes, tires, boats, and other objects (Adapted from Google books), 1974.
This series of bilingual board books features illustrations of children holding up outsized shapes in different colors (e.g., red circle, yellow square, blue oval, etc.). Each page showcases a letter of the Spanish alphabet (? and ll included). Also included are wonderful illustrations of exotic animals. All of the numbers, one through 10, are assembled at the end, and readers are invited to repeat their names in both languages. (Adapted from Publishers Weekly), 2000.
With the questionable help of his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake that would have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red Hen. (ALA), 2005.
Simple rhyming text and color photographs describe counting money. (ALA), 2012.
Through articles, opinion pieces, and even sports and international pages, several issues of the Hidden Forest News provide the scoop on Jack and the Beanstalk and report on an Italian toymaker who has gone missing while searching for his puppet/son and a race between a hare and a tortoise. (School Library Journal), 2007.
An inspired celebration of American cultural diversity in English and Spanish. Lomas Garza presents a charming series of paintings while relating remembrances of her childhood in Kingsville, Texas, near the Mexican border. The English text is simple and reads smoothly, but it is Zubizarreta's Spanish rendition that has real verve and style. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2005.
Various members of the family help Mama shop for the ingredients and prepare a wonderful chicken dinner for ten people, in a counting board book that also shows how a homemade dinner gets from the supermarket to the table. (ALA) 1993
In this fun, lighthearted story, a young narrator describes the similarities and differences between the three humans and two cats who live in a house. Primary-grade teachers will find it a suitable accompaniment when teaching grouping and Venn diagrams, as it will allow them to assist students in making real-life connections to mathematical concepts. (Adapted from a School Library Journal review). 2001
Sally and her four friends are looking for her missing cat and dog. The kids search the city, the countryside, and eventually across the world and the solar system to find them. On the way, a different type of map—for example, weather, topographical, and treasure—is featured on each spread and explained. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2009.
Third-grader Wilson Williams struggles with fractions and, much to his embarrassment, his parents sign him up to work with a math tutor. Wilson learns that he isn't the only student struggling at school. Short chapters and several full-page illustrations make this title perfect for new chapter-book readers. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2011.
This 50th Anniversary Edition brings back a beloved beginning reader for another generation to enjoy. Beginning with a single word, "Dog" and gradually adding 74 additional words, the text encourages children to increase their reading vocabulary. (Adapted from Children’s Literature review), 1966.
Brett's retelling of this classic story of the little girl who finds, and snoops around, the house of the three bears (small, medium, and large) provides exceptional visual detail. (Adapted from Amazon), 1992.
Mr. Gilbert introduces a guinea pig as a class pet, but it looks so lonely he brings another, and before long the class is getting an unexpected lesson in addition--and a very full cage. (ALA) 2010
This bright, bold, picture book story will appeal to children who love to collect, and provide a good introduction to show-and-tell. Math classrooms will want to add it to their shelves for its treatment of the skills collecting teaches, including counting and sorting. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2004.
When Jabari finds a glove on the subway steps, he asks around, receiving clues that help him find the glove's owner. The large pictures and accessible language make this appealing book appropriate for reading aloud. Use it to supplement units on community helpers or city life. (ALA & School Library Journal), 2004.
Learn addition equations with a fill-in-the blanks rhyming game that uses photos of puppets, marbles, chicks, and dog figurines. (ALA) 2012
Discusses how to measure temperature with a thermometer and the difference between hot and cold. (ALA), 2008.
Simple text and illustrations explain the nature of time, its importance, and its measurement, exploring seasons, months of the year, and calendars. A terrific teaching tool, enjoyable as a read-aloud or when read independently. (Adapted from Google Books and School Library Journal), 2013.
Young readers can search for numbers to help them learn counting and basic math skills. Simple picture clues and rhyming riddles guide the youngest readers through a dozen or more interactive, fun-filled spreads. (SCHOLASTIC) 2012
This classic Caldecott Honor book tells the story of an inchworm who uses his ability to measure anything to outwit a series of birds intending on eating him. (Adapted from Scholastic), 1961.
An inside mouse and an outside mouse travel up, down, across, around, through, between, behind, over, and under until they finally meet in the middle. (ALA), 2006.
A family goes on a camping trip and takes a forest hike in this story that showcases words that describe spatial relationships and show young readers where they are in the world. (ALA), 2011.
Murphy begins and ends with simple hands-on activities for adults to help bring math into kids' everyday life. Rex's bright illustrations will encourage even young preschoolers to point at shapes and colors as they count and add on. (Adapted from ALA booklist), 2006.
A fun look at the concept of counting by fives and tens as the leaping lizard show awaits all 50 of its stars to arrive. Bright and lively illustrations of cavorting lizards fill the pages, offering lots of opportunities for little ones to count along. (School Library Journal) 2005
When the Elm Street Kids' Club decides to sell lemonade to earn money for fixing up their tree house, they use a bar graph to keep track of their sales. (ALA), 1997.
Pauline and her brother John-John set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade one cold, wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings. (ALA), 2012.
Let's Fly a Kite When Bob and Hannah split something, the two pieces had better be symmetrical--exactly the same. But to fly their kite, they'll have to learn something new--cooperation! (ALA), 2000.
Diagrams, line drawings, and full-color photographs of specimens help explain rock formation, and the characteristics of types of rocks, such as igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. The book also covers the use of rocks in past civilizations, such as Rome and Egypt, as well as in the present, and introduces the joy of rock collecting, organizing, and storing. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 1997.
A visual lesson in the beauty of geometry and the complexity of simple-looking paper arts from two eminent paper engineers. The big graphic shapes are instructive and fascinating for everyone—from children to art students and collectors of pop-up. (Adapted from Abe Books description), 2013.
Shopping, counting, and a birthday present all add up to a surprise ending on Mall Mania Day! A lighthearted look at addition strategies. Includes a bibliography and ideas for further activities. (ALA) 2006
Max’s brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. (ALA), 2006.
Lisa learns about the mathematics of measuring by measuring her dog Penny with all sorts of units, including pounds, inches, dog biscuits, and cotton swab. (Adapted from Amazon), 2000.
"Three little mice find a cluster of brightly colored squares, triangles, rectangles, circles, ovals, and diamonds, which they use to hide from a cat. Soon they are moving the shapes about to create pictures: a house, a wagon, and even a cat! Parents and teachers can easily extend the lesson and the fun by providing cutout colored-paper shapes for children to play with after the story ends. (Adapted from Booklist), 2007.
On a cold, snowy day, Mr. Putter decides to write a mystery novel. He has everything an author needs–"a soft chair, a warm fire, and a good cat"–except for an idea for the plot. In this accessible, easy-to-read book, Rylant provides all of the right ingredients: a sense of humor, a believable depiction of a realistic situation, and a true understanding of friendship. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2005.
At bath time, William's older brother Walter (a reformed bed-jumper) is supposed to turn off the tap before the tub gets too full. The story that follows is his tale of what would happen if...the tub overflows, and William, with his bathtub, goes rushing out the door on a flood of water. Soft pencil and watercolor illustrations are full of amusing details that will keep young readers coming back again and again. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 1998.
This book will inspire plenty of repeat visits as it enriches younger viewers’ verbal and visual vocabularies. Rhymed text, running to just a word or brief phrase per page, adds both continuity and a sense of verbal rhythm to go with the vibrancy of the art: “over / under / up / and down / inside / outside / country / town / above is sky / below is ground.” (Adapted from Kirkus Review), 2006.
Leap-frogging over a fire hydrant, ducking under "London Bridge," crawling through a pipe tunnel -- Tana Hoban's brilliant photographs of children transform these activities into a fascinating exploration of spatial concepts. (ALA), 2008.
The rhyming prose and brightly colored cartoon fish of this story depict a world of patterns, beginning with the simplest AB pattern and growing increasingly complex. A clear and effective teaching tool. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2000.
Simple text paired with large, vibrant art and photographs of everyday objects, introduces fractions, and provides a startlingly clear mathematical perspective. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2009.
Playful, rhyming text and bold collage illustrations capture the excitement of a day's adventure as a family of lively ducklings slip, slide, leap, and dive--grouping themselves in all the different combinations that add up to seven. (Adapted from Amazon) 2003
Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can't think of a story. Encouraged by a little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, and an idea for a story. Declared a best children's book of the year by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, this book is sure to appeal to kids, parents, teachers, and librarians. (ALA)
Katie and Cameron are at the rodeo, not only to watch, but also to help their uncle, Cactus Joe, the best bull rider in Texas. Math concepts are neatly integrated into the story as the two kids to learn to manage their time and see their uncle win the Bull Riding Championship. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2006.
Rosie the hen leaves the chicken coop and sets out for a little walk. Right behind her is the fox, slyly trying to catch up with her. Rosie's walk is quiet, uneventful and eventually leads her back to the coop, blissfully unaware of the fox's travails as he tries -- unsuccessfully -- to navigate the obstacle course that Rosie has led him through. (Adapted from Google books), 1971.
As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture. (ALA), 2000.
As seven blind mice examine a different part of an elephant, each comes to his own conclusion about what the object is. When the mice put all their evidence together, they're able to figure out the truth. (ALA), 2002.
Photographs of familiar objects such as chair, barrettes, and manhole cover present a study of rounded and angular shapes. (ALA), 1996.
Shoes is loosely organized into categories such as working shoes, dancing shoes, shoes for ice or snow, and anytime-at-all shoes. It's an interesting way to take an armchair tour, and could be used to spark a geography, social studies, or multicultural unit. (School Library Journal), 1998.
Sir Cumference and his wife, Lady Di, are back in another math adventure. As the hosts of a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, the couple needs to organize a growing number of guests for events to run smoothly. After several fumbling attempts to count the crowd, Sir Cumference realizes that the simplest way to figure out the total is to group the guests into tens, hundreds, and ultimately thousands. Math concepts introduced with clarity and humor. (Adapted from School Library Journal) 2009
Under Larry the Lifeguard's watchful eye, three friends compete to see who can build the tallest sand castle, the deepest moat, and the longest wall. The illustrations clearly show the comparisons while the children are measuring and complete the picture of how a moat that's two spoons deep could be shallower than the moat that is one spoon deep. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 1998.
Simple experiments reinforce the concept of temperature for young, elementary-age children. (ALA), 2011.
A mother and preschool-aged daughter talk together as the child is being prepared for bed. "Tell me a story, Mama, about when you were little," begs the child, and proceeds to tell all the stories herself, her headlong narrative punctuated by maternal commentary. Soman's vivid, lively watercolors capture the essence of the mood and message as they deftly portray the quotidian portraits of two generations of an African-American family. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 1992.
Filled with bright pictures, this book explains the basic concept of temperature, how temperature is read, and the effects of temperature. (Adapted from Amazon), 2011.
A quiet, respectful survey of some Native American customs organized through the structure of a counting rhyme, populated by rabbits dressed in traditional garb, from ""one lonely traveler riding on the plain"" to ""ten sleepy weavers knowing day is done."" Informative pictures invite group sharing, while the gentle mood suits bedtime as well. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 1995.
A charming, colorful picture book, about a father and his little “big” girl who turn bedtime into a rhyming game as they count their way to sleep. (Adapted from Publisher's Weekly review on Amazon) 1984
When the family can't decide where to go on vacation, a girl collects information and creates charts to figure out where they should go. (ALA) 1997
When someone leaves the chicken coop open and 100 chickens escape, Peg and Cat use their arithmetic skills to solve the problem. (ALA) 2012
A story about how the very messy French philosopher, René Descartes, invented an ingenious way to keep track of his possession (Adapted from Google books), 1998.
Big Bear, Rabbit, and the other animals work hard to write, edit, and print their newspaper, "The Furry News." Includes tips for making your own newspaper and defines a number of newspaper terms. (Adapted from Google books), 1990.
Picture puzzles accompanied by clues in verse encourage readers to embark on some inspired problem solving. Through patterns, grouping, and creative thinking, the problems to be solved will have children adding, subtracting, and multiplying. (Partially adapted from School Library Journal review), 2004.
A snail and lizard visit Gonk the Toad in his home in an overturned flowerpot. Toad goes on to show the lizard, snail, and some other creatures how to make all sorts of graphs and diagrams in simple, understandable ways. A natural for curriculum use, this is an entertaining, easy-to-follow introduction to math concepts. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2006.
This picture book is based on an 1835 scandal created by the New York Sun. To increase sales, the newspaper printed fake articles about bizarre creatures on the moon seen through a newfangled telescope, and newsboys Jake and Charlie hawk the sensational editions on the street. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2011.
A message in code starts Tim off on an exciting treasure hunt through a dark cave, an underground tunnel, and other strange places until at the end he finds a happy surprise. (ALA), 1986.
An innovative approach to showing math concepts used in "real world" terms. Graphs tell a story as they chart a Siberian Tiger cub's weight, food intake, and the status of other tigers. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2002.
In this classic Chinese folktale, Tikki tikki tembo, and his younger brother Chang, fall into a well and are saved by an old man. Along the way, we learn how the tradition of bestowing long names on “first and honored” sons is changed. (Adapted from Amazon). 1968
A refreshing interpretation of an old camp rhyme presented in large picture-book format. The setting is the beach and its environs. The cast: five hunters (a man and four children) and a dog, all of whom stalk the furry beast through coastal landscapes, oozy mud, an unlikely snowstorm, and finally, into the cave where they meet the object of their search. Readers and listeners will delight in this imaginative pursuit. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 1997.
Five animal friends of varying sizes- a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig and a mouse- decide to go for a row in a boat one day. Do you know who sank the boat? (Adapted from Google Books), 1996.
Author and math educator Taryn Souders uses the antics of an entertaining cow to introduce fractions to beginning learners. Starting with halves, and progressing into thirds, fourths, eights, and tenths, this appealing book makes learning fractions fun. (Adapted from School Library Journal), 2010.
Brothers Leo and Jake move into their grandfather's old house, where they find several treasure maps. Each map is a chart that they must follow, block by block, to discover the many treasures of their new hometown. (Adapted from ALA Booklist), 2002.
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