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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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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…

Jessica Spanyol

Carlo the giraffe absolutely loves counting, and counts every place he goes—the coffee shop, the toy store, the park, the backyard. The simple text, along with the illustrations, invite children to point and count on each page along with Carlo. What is extra special about this counting book, though, is that there is never just one group of objects on the page for a particular number, but quite a few groups…

Cathryn Falwell

In this counting book (numbers 1-10), a family works together to create a feast. They all shop, cook, and set the table so that everyone can enjoy the big meal. The numerals throughout are large and clear, and are paired with the word name for the number along with the objects being counted…

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