Standard Area 2.1: Numbers, Number Systems, and Number Relationships
PreKindergarten – Grade 2
1. A Caribbean Counting Book
A collection of rhymes from various Caribbean countries that are chanted as songs and in games which help children learn to count.
2. Counting your Way: Number Nursery Rhymes by Terry Pierce, 2007
An illustrated collection of twenty nursery rhymes featuring numbers which help children learn to count.
3. The Gummy Candy Counting Book by Amy Hutchings, 1997.
An illustrated counting book of gummy bear, worm, etc. candy which helps children learn to count.
4. The M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath, 1994
Using photographs of the M&M brand of chocolate candy for illustrations, this book helps children learn to count. Barbara Barbieri McGrath wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.
5. The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams, 2001
Pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters star in this fun introduction to simple math and to the coins we carry with us every day.
6. Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: a Counting Adventure by Doreen Cronin, 2006
While Farmer Brown sleeps, some of the animals who live on the farm go on a fishing expedition which involves counting. Can they count?
7. Ten Go Tango by Arthur Dorros, 2000
In this counting book, ten groups of animals indulge in ten different dances, from one osprey dancing ballet to ten flamingos doing the tango.
8. Give the Dog a Bone by Steven Kellogg, 2000
A variation on the familiar song, “This Old Man,” in which an increasing number of dogs look for treats
9. Rock It, Sock It, Number Line by Bill Martin, Jr., 2001
Introduces the numbers one through ten as vegetables and numbers dance together at the king’s and queen’s garden party before jumping into the soup to be eaten by a crowned boy and girl.
10. Chicka, Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin, Jr., 2004
Numbers from one to one hundred climb to the top of an apple tree in this rhyming chant.
11. Monster Math by Anne Miranda, 1999
This is a counting book in which a little monster’s birthday party gets out of control.
12. Ten on the Sled by Kimberly Norman, 2010
Ten animals fall off a speeding sled, one-by-one, until only Caribou is left, but Caribou’s loneliness is short-lived because each of the animals jump back on the sled.
13. Among the Odds & Evens: a Tale of Adventure by Priscilla Turner, 1999
When X and Y crash in the land of Wontoo, they cannot understand how the Numbers live the way they do, until they not only get used to it, but decide they want to stay in Wontoo.
14. Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells, 2000.
Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways.
15. A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure by Angeline Sparagna Lopresti, 2003
“This story about sad Zero, who “felt he had no place among the other digits,” falls between the cracks in terms of finding an audience. In his search for meaning, he meets Count Infinity, King Multiplus, and Queen Addeleine. The lively, colorful cartoons of legged numbers would appeal to preschoolers or kindergartners…” (Amazon book description)
16. The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book by Jerry Pallotta, 1999
“A Hershey’s bar is made up of 12 little rectangles, making it the perfect edible tool for teaching fractions!” (Amazon book description)
17. The Twizzlers Percentages Book by Jerry Pallotta, 2001
“What better way to introduce the concept of percentages than with delicious Twizzlers candy? As he’s done with fractions, addition, and counting author and educator Jerry Pallotta teaches percentages in the fun and relaxed way that has become his trademark.” (Amazon book description)
Standard Area 2.1: Numbers, Number Systems, and Number Relationships
Grade 3 – Grade 5
1. How Much is a Million? by David A. Schwartz, 2004
“An attempt to help children conceptualize the immensity of numbers is aided immeasurably by the artist’s jovial, detailed, whimsical illustrations. Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician demonstrates the meaning of a million by showing his four young friends (plus two cats, a dog, and a unicorn) that it would take twenty-three days to even count to a million and that a goldfish bowl large enough to hold a million goldfish could hold a whale.” (Amazon book description)
2. Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz, 2006
“There are millions of things to measure . . . and almost as many ways to measure them! Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician is back — and ready to explore the invention of length, weight, and volume measurements. After that, with another wave of his wand, the wizard introduces the world of metrics and makes it easy to understand the basic pattern of meters, liters, and grams.” (Amazon book description)
3. On Beyond a Million: an Amazing Math Journey by David M. Schwartz, 2002
Explores counting by powers of ten all the way up to the largest numbers that exist. David M. Schwartz wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.
4. One Odd Day by Doris Fisher, 2006
A boy wakes up to discover his alarm clock has only odd numbers on it, and his day proceeds to get odder and odder.
5. My Even Day by Doris Fisher, 2007
A boy wakes up to find a strange day where everything is even, his mother has two heads, and a field trip turns into a very odd ordeal.
6. One Nation: America by the Numbers by Devin Scillian, 2002
This is a counting book presenting various aspects of the United States, from the concept of one nation to the hundred men and women in the U.S. Senate.
7. One for All: a Pennsylvania Number Book by Trinka Hakes Noble, 2005
Illustrations and rhyming text, along with more detailed information, present a trip through the history and traditions of Pennsylvania.
8. Go Figure!: A Totally Cool Book About Numbers by Johnny Ball, 2005
“Experience the mysterious and magical world of numbers as never before. This unique book investigates mathematical marvels such as why daisies always have 34, 55, or 89 petals, why the world’s phone numbers appear in pi, and other patterns and paradoxes that will make readers look at numbers in a whole new way.” (Amazon book description)
9. Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander, 2009
“Sir Cumference and Lady Di planned a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, but they didn’t expect so many guests to show up. How many lunches will they need? And with more guests arriving by the minute, what about dinner? Sir Cumference and Lady Di have to figure out a quick way to count the guests to bring order to the party.” (Amazon book description)
10. Piece = Part = Portion by Scott Gifford, 2008
“Just as hola and bonjour express “hello” in different ways, fractions, decimals, and percents describe the same quantities in different ways. While it may sound simple, this basic math concept often baffles children. The straightforward text and photographic examples from everyday life in PIECE=PART=PORTION are a terrific boon to elementary school math students everywhere.” (Amazon book description)