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Use the search filters below to return results. Keep an eye out for some of my top favorites-- my "BookSmart Picks"-- that are sure to entertain and educate your kids! And, many activities use common materials you likely have at home already. Look for entries marked with the "Common Items" icon to find activities that shouldn't require any purchase.

Perry the Penguin is trying to save enough clams to buy an ice scooter. The story follows him throughout the week as he earns some clams, spends some, and borrows some. A line graph shows…

Perry the Penguin is trying to save enough clams to buy an ice scooter. The story follows him throughout the week as he earns some clams, spends some, and borrows some. A line graph shows his clams going up and down as he keeps track each day, serving as a simple introduction to negative numbers. Children are not only given a clear context for negative numbers, but also get a good visual of negative and positive numbers through the line graph.

With illustrations by Stephen Kellogg, this is a fun book with some great, detailed pictures. The book compares a million, a billion, and a trillion in the same ways—with stacking kids, counting out loud, goldfish, and stars…

With illustrations by Stephen Kellogg, this is a fun book with some great, detailed pictures. The book compares a million, a billion, and a trillion in the same ways—with stacking kids, counting out loud, goldfish, and stars. It is a great way for kids to visualize the enormity of the numbers as well as gain a better understanding of how much bigger one billion is compared to one million and one trillion compared to one billion. Additionally, the back of the book explains how all of the facts were calculated (ex: using the height of an average kid). This book could also potentially be a launching point for learning about scientific notation, as it is all powers of ten.

Much like How Many Jelly Beans, Clements’ book helps children visualize one million. In this book, however, each page has a large number of dots, and all of the dots in the book total to one million. What makes this book interesting is that it is full of facts that use large numbers…

Much like How Many Jelly Beans, Clements’ book helps children visualize one million. In this book, however, each page has a large number of dots, and all of the dots in the book total to one million. What makes this book interesting is that it is full of facts that use large numbers. On each page there is a picture within the many dots on that page. One dot in the picture is circled, and at the bottom of the page there is a fact that corresponds to that dot’s number. For example, on the page where dot #1,860 is circled the fact included is that it takes 1,860 steps to get to the top of the Empire State Building. And at dot #300,000, the author writes that there are more than 300,000 different kinds of beetles that live on Earth. I like that this book still has a visualization piece, but then offers many different contexts in which one might see large numbers, helping kids to really understand the magnitude of the numbers included in the facts.

This large format book shows illustrations of jelly beans from ten beans up to one million beans. The illustrations are black and white except for the colorful jelly beans so they stand out quite well…

This large format book shows illustrations of jelly beans from ten beans up to one million beans. The illustrations are black and white except for the colorful jelly beans so they stand out quite well. There is a big fold out poster at the end to show what one million jelly beans looks like. It’s a great way to introduce big numbers since it helps with the visualization.

Nolan and Walker put the number 1,000 into many different contexts in order to think about how 1,000 can mean very different things. For example, 1,000 people would fill a small hockey arena, but if the same 1,000 people are all waiting in line to get in, the line would stretch down the street…

Nolan and Walker put the number 1,000 into many different contexts in order to think about how 1,000 can mean very different things. For example, 1,000 people would fill a small hockey arena, but if the same 1,000 people are all waiting in line to get in, the line would stretch down the street and around the block. Or, 1,000 sheets of paper stacked in a pile would be as high as about four books, but if the wind blew they would litter a whole neighborhood. The book offers good questions that you and your child can figure out together, like are you as tall as 1,000 pennies? And, how long is 1,000 minutes?

A group of children want to help get the park ready for the Earth Day celebration. They decide to collect cans in order to earn money to plant flowers in the park. In counting the cans…

A group of children want to help get the park ready for the Earth Day celebration. They decide to collect cans in order to earn money to plant flowers in the park. In counting the cans and determining the total amount of money earned, there is counting and grouping by ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands, with the place value made visible throughout. There are also numerous interesting facts regarding recycling sprinkled through the course of the book.

This non-fiction book looks at several number systems throughout history and throughout the world, with a focus on place value. Questions for the reader are interspersed throughout the book…

This non-fiction book looks at several number systems throughout history and throughout the world, with a focus on place value. Questions for the reader are interspersed throughout the book.

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