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: Counting and Math Books
--selected by Debra Mitts Smith
This month's Dozens takes a look at books dealing with numbers. Some
are early counting books, which provide a lively way for the very young
to identify numbers and practice counting. Some are aimed at older children,
giving them a chance to explore mathematics from various perspectives.
But no matter which books you choose, they all add up to lots of fun.
- Bang, Molly. Ten, Nine, Eight; written and illus. by Molly Bang.
Greenwillow, 1983. 2-4 yrs
It's countdown to bedtime as a sleepy girl gets ready for bed. (BCCB 7/83)
- Burningham, John. John Burningham's 1 2 3; written and illus.
by John Burningham. Crown, 1985. 2-4 yrs
Count along as ten children climb a tree only to be surprised by an unusual
- Cotton, Cynthia. At the Edge of the Woods: A Counting Book; illus.
by Reg Cartwright. Holt, 2002. 3-6 yrs
The animals and insects that gather at the edge of the deep dark woods seem
to disappear when the big burly bear wakes up. (BCCB 11/02)
- Falconer, Ian. Olivia Counts; written and illus. by Ian Falconer.
Simon, 2002. 2-4 yrs
Join Olivia as she counts her toys, her relatives, her clothes, and herself.
- Harris, Trudy. Pattern Fish; illus. by Anne Canevari Green. Millbrook,
2000. 3-6 yrs
The shapes, sounds, and colors of these aquatic creatures help with pattern
recognition. (BCCB 9/00)
- Leedy, Loreen. Follow the Money; written and illus. by Loreen Leedy.
Holiday House, 2002. Gr. 1-4
George, a newly minted quarter, gets spent, traded, lost, found, donated,
and washed. (BCCB 4/02)
- Lewis, J. Patrick. Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes;
illus. by Frank Remkiewicz. Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002. Gr. 2-5
Practice the basics of arithmetic with these rhythmic word problems. (BCCB
- McGinty, Alice B. Ten Little Lambs; illus. by Melissa Sweet. Dial,
2002. 4-7 yrs
Ten little lambs romp and play all night until one by one they drift off to
sleep. (BCCB 9/02)
- McMillan, Bruce. Eating Fractions; written and illus. with photographs
by Bruce McMillan. Scholastic, 1991. Gr. K-2
From whole to haves, thirds and quarters, no matter how you slice and share
these foods make learning fractions as easy as pie. (BCCB 9/91)
- Mills, Claudia. 7 x 9 = Trouble!; illus. by G. Brian Karas. Farrar,
2002. Gr. 2-4
For Wilson, the worst thing about third grade is math, and the worst thing
about math is the multiplication tables. (BCCB 4/02)
- Rockwell, Anne. 100 School Days; illus. by Lizzy Rockwell. HarperCollins,
2002. 4-6 yrs
Each day one of Mrs. Madoff's students drops a penny into a jar. After 100
days they have 100 pennies to spend in a special way. (BCCB 10/02)
- Sayre, April Pulley. One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by
Feet Book; by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre; illus. by Randy Cecil.
Candlewick, 2003. 3-6 yrs
Use the feet of various creatures at the beach to review counting, adding,
and multiplying. (BCCB 7/03)
- Vyner, Tim. World Team; written and illus. by Tim Vyner. Roaring
Brook, 2002. 5-8 yrs
Many children from different time zones share the same dream. (BCCB 5/05)
- Wells, Rosemary. Emily's First 100 Days of School; written and
illus. by Rosemary Wells. Hyperion, 2000. 5-8 yrs
Emily Bunny's first 100 days of school provides lots of fun with numbers.
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