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Parents and teachers can take advantage of this by using literature as a vehicle for teaching and consolidating understanding. Literature can highlight concepts, act as a springboard to new math learning, stimulate discussion, or provide alternate explanations of a concept. It can make mathematical concepts more accessible, as it puts math into a meaningful context, provides visual aids for the students, and encourages communication, helping to support all learners.

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Search a list of recommended books. I have purposely selected ones I feel are most effective for teaching math concepts and sparking kids’ interest. The list is not all encompassing, but I am always reading new books as they are released and scouring libraries to add great finds.

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Cheryl Bardoe

Sophie Germain demonstrated not only a love of math, but fierce determination in her quest to study it, eventually becoming the first woman to win a grand prize from the Academy of Sciences. As a girl, her parents took away her candles to keep her from studying math, and since women were not allowed to attend universities, she secretly obtained notes from math classes and completed work under a male pen name… but no matter what, nothing stopped Sophie…

Marthe Jocelyn

Hannah loves collecting things—barrettes, popsicle sticks, feathers, seashells, and more! She sorts them in different ways, whether by color, shape, or size. But now her teacher has given her an assignment, to bring in just one collection to show the class…

Elisa Kleven

The Puddle Pail stars two crocodile brothers, Sol and younger brother Ernst. Sol loves collecting things, whether it’s rocks, feathers, or rubber bands, and he encourages Ernst to also start a collection of things that he finds interesting. However, Ernst struggles to find interesting items that he can actually collect; what he finds most interesting are the clouds or stars. But, undeterred by his older brother’s confusion, Ernst shows creativity and perseverance…

Dr. Seuss

This Dr. Seuss book meant for early readers asks a series of “Would you rather…” questions, prompting children to think about the differences and do some comparing while also using their imaginations, all skills that will help them in their understanding of sorting and classification. Would your child rather be a dog or a cat? A hammer or a nail? A whale or a minnow? Dr. Seuss uses simple words and rhymes…

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