Standards

Here you will find a list of literacy resources correlated to each of the Common Core State Standard areas for Math for grades PreK-2 and 3-5.  All of the books listed have been published between 2000 – 2012.  Check out Whitin and Wilde’s book: Read Any Good Math Lately? for great strategies and resources published prior to 1992.  Hover over the Standards tab above to narrow your search to one standard area, or view them all below.

Special thanks to Lisa Askey, Library Media Specialist and awesome Mom, for this list of resources.

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  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)

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Standard Area 2.2: Computation and Estimation
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler, 2000
Jessica worries about collecting 100 objects to take to class for the 100th day of school.

2. Daydreaming Davey’s Dinosaur Math Adventure by Steven Tandberg, 2011
“Davey goes on an adventure to the Jurassic period to learn math! Sammy, his friend the Stegosaurus, takes him to meet the dinosaurs and teach him various lessons on addition and subtraction.” (Amazon book description)

3. Equal Shmequal by Virginia Kroll, 2005
“What does it mean to be equal? Mouse and her friends want to play tug-of-war but they can t figure out how to make teams that are equal. Nothing works until Mouse starts thinking mathematically.” (Amazon book description)

4. Mission Addition by Loreen Leedy, 1999
“Animal students learn about addition from the world around them.” (Amazon book description)

5. Subtraction Action by Loreen Leedy, 2002
“Introduces subtraction through the activities of animal students” (Amazon book description).  Loreen Leedy wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.

Standard Area 2.2: Computation and Estimation
Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. Space Math by Kieran Walsh, 2006
Provides information about space exploration, focusing on the importance of math in the process of discovery.

2. Sports Math by Kieran Walsh, 2006
Provides information about various sports, focusing on the importance of math in understanding various games.

3. The History of the Maya: Using Computational Skills in Problem Solving by Mary Ann Hoffman, 2005
Presents an introduction to the concept of using computational skills in problem solving, and contains an overview of the history of the Mayan people of Mexico, including information on their society, economy, architecture, mathematics, and writing.

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Standard Area 2.3: Measurement and Estimation
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure by Nancy Kelly Allen, 1999
Farmer Worth discovers that a special tree on his farm produces different kinds of money, depending on what animal fertilizer he uses.

2. One Grain of Rice: a Mathematical Folktale by Demi, 1997
A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.

Standard Area 2.3: Measurement and Estimation

Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. If You Hopped Like a Frog by David M. Schwartz, 1999
Introduces the concept of ratio by comparing what humans would be able to do if they had bodies like different animals.

2. Full House: An Invitation to Fractions by Dayle Ann Dodds, 2009
“Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she loves visitors. All through the day she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters until all the rooms are taken. It’s a full house! But in the middle of the night, Miss Bloom senses that something is amiss — and sure enough, the guests are all downstairs eating dessert. Readers will be inspired to do the math and discover that one delicious cake divided by five hungry guests and one doting hostess equals a perfect midnight snack at the Strawberry Inn.” (Amazon book description)

3. Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger by Ann Whitehead Nagda, 2002
“T.J., a Siberian tiger cub born at the Denver Zoo, is orphaned when he is only a few weeks old. The veterinary staff raises him, feeding him by hand until he is able to eat on his own and be returned to the tiger exhibit. The story is accompanied by graphs on facing pages that chart T.J.’s growth, successfully showing math in “real world” terms. The first charts show how few Siberian tigers remain in the wild and in captivity, helping to establish the importance of saving this one. The doctors need to know how much the young animal eats and how much weight he gains in order to make sure he is healthy.” (Amazon book description).  Ann Whitehead Nagda wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.

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Standard Area 2.4: Mathematical Reasoning and Connections
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang, 2004
Illustrated riddles introduce strategies for solving a variety of math problems by using visual clues.  Greg Tang wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.

2. Fraction Action by Loreen Leedy, 1994
Miss Prime and her animal students explore fractions by finding many examples in the world around them.

3. One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes, 1993
100 hungry ants going to a picnic show different divisions of 100.

4. A Remainder of One by Elinor Pinczes, 1995
When the queen of the bugs demands that her army march in even lines, Private Joe divides the marchers into more and more lines so that he will not be left out of the parade.  Elinor Pinczes wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.

Standard Area 2.4: Mathematical Reasoning and Connections
Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. Using Math to be a Zoo Vet by Wendy Clemson, 2005
This book describes how zoo vets take care of wild animals and how math helps the vets do their job.

2. Using Math to Conquer Extreme Sports by Wendy Clemson, 2005
This book describes math activities for checking tricks and stunts in extreme sports.

3. Using Math to Solve a Crime by Wendy Clemson, 2005
This book describes what it is like to be part of a crime-solving team who uses math to help them do their work.

4. Math and Music: Harmonious Connections by Trudi Hammel Garland, 1995
This book explores the interconnectedness of math and music, discussing rhythm, frequency and amplitude, tuning, composition, instruments, and other topics.

5. Math Potatoes: Mind-stretching Brain Food by Greg Tang, 2005
“By solving challenges that encourage kids to “group” numbers rather than memorize formulas, even the most reluctant math learners are inspired to see math in a whole new way!” (Amazon book description)

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Standard Area 2.5: Mathematical Problem Solving and Communication
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, 1995
When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety, which becomes a real curse.

2. The Great Graph Contest by Loreen Leedy, 2006
“Two comical creatures go crazy with graphs in an imaginative look at organizing information. Young readers can learn about bar graphs, pie charts, Venn diagrams, and more. Details about how each graph was made are shown at the end plus instructions for students to make their own.” (Amazon book description)

Standard Area 2.5: Mathematical Problem Solving and Communication

Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. Music Math by Kieran Walsh, 2006
Examines the significance of mathematics in creating and enjoying music

2. Time by Sally Hewitt, 1996
This book familiarizes young children with time and the different ways we measure it and brings basic math concepts to life for them.

3. Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin by Pam Calvert, 2006
It’s been 10 years since the queen defeated Rumpelstiltskin by speaking his name, but now he’s back to demand repayment for all of the gold he spun for her so many years ago. If she does not oblige, he threatens to increase the pest population and make the kingdom’s livestock and other assets disappear by multiplying with fractions. Rumpelstiltskin multiplies the king’s nose by six and vows to do the same for the entire royal court, unless Peter, the queen’s 10-year-old son, agrees to go with him to work off the debt. It’s up to the young prince to take possession of the man’s magical multiplying stick and to learn how to use it in order to restore normalcy to the kingdom.

4. The Multiplying Menace Divides by Pam Calvert, 2011
“This book would be a good resource in an upper elementary math classroom. It has puzzles throughout, so students can identify the math problems throughout the text. It goes over challenging math concepts, as it also covers dividing by fractions.” (Amazon book description)

5. Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving by Greg Tang, 2003
“Tang uses the artwork of 12 famous painters as an aid in developing problem-solving skills through grouping. Each spread features a quality reproduction on the left side. The poem underneath it highlights an item in the picture and presents a math query.” (Amazon book description)

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Standard Area 2.6: Statistics and Data Analysis
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1.  I Use Math on a Trip by Joanne Mattern, 2006
This book describes a child’s trip by car to see her grandmother, explaining how math is used in looking at maps and in counting signs.

Standard Area 2.6: Statistics and Data Analysis
Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. I Use Math at the Game by Joanne Mattern, 2006
This book describes how the activity of attending a baseball game requires using math for keeping score.

2. I Use Math at the Doctors by Joanne Mattern, 2005
This book describes how a doctor uses math.  Joanne Mattern wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.

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Standard Area 2.7: Probability and Predictions
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. Bad Luck Brad by Gail Herman, 2002
“On the last day of school Brad keeps running into bad luck, but by the end of the day he realizes that there is always a chance things will get better. He learns that numbers might indicate the difference between having a chance and having a good chance of a desired outcome.” (Amazon book description)

Standard Area 2.7: Probability and Predictions
Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. One Less Fish by Kim Michelle Toft, 1998
Counting down from twelve to zero, the reader learns about some of the fish found on the Great Barrier Reef and the threats to their continued existence.

2. A Very Improbable Story: A Math Adventure by Edward Einhorn, 2008
“Ethan wakes up one morning with a talking cat on his head. The cat refuses to budge until Ethan wins a game of probability. Without looking, Ethan must pick out a dime from his coin collection or two matching socks from his dresser, or do something else improbable. A very improbable story about a challenging math concept.”

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Standard Area 2.8: Algebra and Functions
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller, 1991
“The King wants to give the Queen something special for her birthday. The Queen has everything, everything except a bed. The trouble is that no one in the Kingdom knows the answer to a very important question, “How Big is a Bed?” because beds at the time had not yet been invented. The Queen’s birthday is only a few days away. How can they figure out what size the bed should be?” (Amazon book description)

2. Inchworm and A Half by Elinor J. Pinczes, 2003
“What’s a fraction? A puzzled inchworm finds out when she enlists the aid of H-inch, N-inch, and G-inch worms in her quest to measure all the vegetables in their garden. New lengths bring new fractions to conquer, but the clever worms prove equal to every challenge, triumphantly munching their way through this tasty tale of math and measuring.” (Amazon book description)

Standard Area 2.8: Algebra and Functions
Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. Fraction Fun by David A. Adler, 1996
This book offers a basic introduction to the concept of fractions.  David A. Adler wrote other math concept books that are worth checking out.

2. What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure by Julie Ellis, 2004
“In ancient Greece, young Pythagoras discovers a special number pattern (the Pythagorean theorem) and uses it to solve problems involving right triangles.” (Amazon book description)

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Standard Area 2.9: Geometry
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. Shape Up! by David A. Adler, 1998
This book uses cheese slices, pretzel sticks, a slice of bread, graph paper, a pencil, and more to introduce various polygons, flat shapes with varying numbers of straight sides.

2. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, 1994
Dissatisfied with its shape, a triangle keeps asking the local shape-shifter to add more lines and angles until it doesn’t know which side is up.

3. Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban, 1986
Photographs of familiar objects such as chair, barrettes, and manhole cover present a study of rounded and angular shapes.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs For All! by Marilyn Burns, 2008
“Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are having a family reunion! Mr. Comfort starts cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, while Mrs. Comfort carefully arranges eight tables and thirty-two chairs so that everyone will have a seat. The tables look lovely, the food is ready, and here come the guests–with their own seating plans! This delightful Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Book uses wit and humor to draw children into thinking about area and perimeter.” (Amazon book description)

5. Sir Cumference: And the First Round Table (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2002
“When King Arthur and his knights get together, the table they have is so long that everyone has to shout to be heard. A rectangular table is too long and a triangular table is too pointy, but somehow they must sit down and discuss the shape of the future. Join a knight called Sir Cumference, his wife, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius as they use different strategies to solve this quandary.” (Amazon book description)

Standard Area 2.9: Geometry
Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 1999

2. Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2001
This book “chronicles Sir Cumference’s son, Radius, in a quest to earn his knighthood by rescuing a king. The circular medallion (a protractor) given to Radius by his father and his mother, Lady Di of Ameter, aid him in examining every angle along the way; and readers get a circular medallion of their own with which to follow along.” (Amazon book description)

3. Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2006
“In an adventurous title that teaches math skills, such as finding the area and perimeter of a rectangle and a circle, young Per must figure out how to unlock the secrets of the mysterious island of Immeter.” (Amazon book description)

4. Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2012
“Xaxon Yellowbearyd was the fiercest Viking warrior of his time. Now a map to his hidden treasure lies in Radius’s and Per’s hands. Together the cousins must decode the strange numbered grid on the map-and figure out the secret of the Viking’s X and Y axes. As bungling bandits pursue them, Radius and Per use coordinate geometry in their quest for “treasure of the greatest measure”.” (Amazon book description)

5. Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone by Cindy Neuschwander, 2003
“Neuschwander retells “The Sword in the Stone” from a mathematical angle. Readers follow along with Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter as their son Radius and his friend Vertex set out to find Edgecalibur. Filled with riddles and puns, the story is sure to delight students with some geometry background.” (Amazon book description)

6. Tessellations: the Geometry of Patterns by Stanley Bezuszka, 1977

7. Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander, 2009
“The Zills family is summoned to Egypt to help find the hidden burial chamber of an ancient pharaoh. But when Matt and Bibi get trapped in the pharaoh’s pyramid, they stumble upon an even bigger mystery. With only each other, their dog Riley, and the geometric hieroglyphics on the walls to help them, the twins must use their math skills to locate the burial chamber—and the way out. Luckily, Matt and Bibi know their stuff when it comes to geometric solids, and so will the readers of this adventure in math!” (Amazon book description)

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These series below are picture books that teach a math concept.  They relate to multiple standards and are definitely worth checking out:

1. MathStarts series 1, 2, and 3 – written by Stuart J. Murphy in partnership with other authors. All are published by Harper Collins

2. Math is CATegorical series – written by Brian P. Cleary. All are published by Millbrook Press.

3. Math Counts series – written by Henry Arthur Pluckrose. All are published by Children’s Press

4. Math Matters series – written by various authors. All are published by Kane Press.

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