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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.

Matthew McElligott

Two bugs, Flora and Ralph, have thirteen beans between them and try to devise a way to divide them evenly. But no matter how they divide them, they still have bean thirteen left over…

Kathi Appelt

Appelt uses rhyming to describe the scene as the bats parade down the street. The bats are arranged in arrays, as the focus is on squaring numbers. The piccolos march two by two, the flautists three by three, and so on up to ten…

Stuart J. Murphy

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…

Robert E. Wells

Similar to On Beyond a Million, this book begins with one and moves up through powers of ten, building up to googol. The focus here, though, is not as much on the powers of ten themselves, but on visualizing how large the numbers really are…

David M. Schwartz

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…

Andrew Clements

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…

Andrea Menotti

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…

David M. Schwartz

This fun book is great for proportional reasoning and use of ratios. Throughout the book, different scenarios are presented, showing what it would be like if you could hop like a frog, eat like a shrew, or flick your tongue like a chameleon. Mathematical and scientific explanations follow…

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