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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.

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…

Pat Hutchins

Rosie the hen leaves her coop to set out on a walk. Unbeknownst to her, a fox is quietly following, trying to catch up to her. Her relaxing walk eventually leads her back to the coop, blissfully ignorant of the fox’s unsuccessful attempt to navigate the obstacle course she inadvertently led him through. This book is a great way to illustrate the positional words ‘over’, ‘under’, ‘around’, and ‘through’ while engaging young readers…

Dayle Ann Dodds

Dodds uses rhyming and bright, clear illustrations to show how simple shapes can be put together to create new, more complex things like boats and houses. The collage art illustrations help to encourage children to start to see the world around them as a series of shapes. Kids can duplicate what they see in the book, or make their own creations with shapes using construction paper, felt, or other materials…

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…

Laura Overdeck

This book from the founder of Bedtime Math (www.bedtimemath.org) answers math questions covering a multitude of topics. It is quite helpful that the questions are organized by general topics: animals, nature, food, everyday life, Earth and space, and mental math. Some questions answered include: the number of bees needed to make a jar of honey, how fast the fastest growing tree on Earth actually grows…

Kate Banks

Max is out looking for problems to solve! He recruits his brothers, and they head out, using counting, addition, and geometry to solve math problems they encounter. When they make their way to Shapeville, they find that all of the squares have disappeared, so they help the mayor by putting together triangles to create squares. When they find a missing number…

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