Research shows early math literacy helps kids succeed in school and improves future career prospects. Books are a natural way to teach kids math concepts in a way that keeps them engaged.
Top Ten Math Reads for Kids:
These books for kids in preschool to Grade 3 teach math concepts, such as: number sense and numeration, geometry, patterning and even algebra, in fun and new ways.
- A Million Dots by Andrew Clements. Ever try to teach a child the concept of one million? This book is a great way to introduce big numbers to early learners.
- Riddle-Iculous Math by Joan Holub. Want to teach fractions and multiplication? This book makes it fun.
- Can You Count to a Googol? by Robert E. Wells. Want to count to a googol? No, not the search engine. This book teaches counting, big numbers and place values.
- Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth. This book is good for the tactile learner as it easily teaches subtraction and counting through disappearing ladybugs.
- Math Potatoes: Mind-stretching Brain Food by Greg Tang. A good introduction to problem solving through rhythm and rhyme.
- Moira's Birthday by Robert Munsch. Moira can only have six kids at her party, but things get out of hand in this problem solving book.
- Arhythmetic by Tiffany Stone. This book about addition and subtraction will have kids dancing to the rhythm.
- Who's the Big Bad Wolf? A Math Fairy Tale by George and Molly Gadanidis. Are you afraid of the big bad math? A good read with teaching tips for parents.
- Mathemagic! Number Tricks by Lynda Colgan. When you add magic to math, you get a whole lotta fun-- even for the reluctant math learner.
- The Grapes Of Math by Greg Tang. Another fun book that has parents and kids solving problems together.
For more about how these books can help early math learners, read Math Memories You Can Count On: A Literature-Based Approach to Teaching Mathematics in Primary Classroom by Jo-Anne Lake.