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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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Dr. Seuss

King Derwin of Didd becomes bored and angry with what falls from the sky—fog, rain, snow, and sunshine. He wants something new and exciting to fall from it, so he calls on his magicians to create it! However, neither the king nor the magicians think about the consequences of the new, sticky, green substance called oobleck, which quickly causes a mess of the kingdom. Bartholomew, the king’s clever page, must then step in and save the day…

Danica McKellar

An homage to Goodnight Moon, this counting book helps your child practice their counting skills while saying goodnight to objects in each scene. Each page features the numeral and the number word highlighted in bright colors, with groups of objects demonstrating that number all around the scene. While the text points to several of these groups, there are even more for your child to find in each scene…

Marianne Berkes

In Berkes’ river-themed counting book, your child will practice counting the numbers one to ten using baby river animals, from blue herons to salmon to dragonflies. The rhyming text will teach them about each animal’s behavior and keep them engaged. On each spread, the counting numeral is large and bright, with the number word highlighted in the text. In addition to the beautiful paper collage illustrations, you’ll find a United States map that shows…

Kate Narita

Two young explorers head out to search for bugs. Through their search, they find 100 bugs in total, counting ten at a time. But instead of simply counting by tens, each group of tens is broken down in a different way, so children can see that one walkingstick and nine walkingsticks is equal to ten walkingsticks, or that two dragonflies and eight more dragonflies totals ten dragonflies…

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