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The Essential Guide to Preschool Math (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 17, 2014

Allyn picked her five favorite preschool books to get children acquainted with numbers and math concepts. “These books convey elements of math in visual and exciting ways, sure to delight and inspire children from the very beginning!” Here are her picks for preschool reading:

  1. Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews (HarperCollins: 1995) Read to uncover the diverse places where you might find ten black dots. This straightforward counting book uses clear graphic illustrations to demonstrate when we might see one dot, two dots, or three dots. First published in 1968, this book has stood the test of time, making it an important counting book for youngsters.
  2. The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang, illustrated by Harry Briggs (Scholastic, Inc.: 2001) Read to discover new and creative ways to learn math. Learn how to solve math problems without even realizing it, using this fun, rhyming book full of math riddles and exciting illustrations. “How many scallops in this bunch; count them quick, it’s time for lunch.” Or, find out how many mushrooms are on the pizza pie or how many seeds hide in the watermelon. 
  3. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales (Chronicle Books: 2003) Read this book written in Spanish and English to explore a clever take on counting. Grandma Beetle is preparing for her birthday party when a skeleton visits her. She says, “Just a minute!” and the skeleton follows her as she does her chores, each one linked to a number from one to ten. 
  4. Mother Goose: Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon (Harcourt Children’s Books: 2007) Read to learn to count using traditional rhymes. Using illustrations, animals, and rhymes, the Dillons teach counting to young readers.
  5. Miss Spider’s Tea Party: The Counting Book by David Kirk (Scholastic, Inc.: 2007) Read to learn about counting, along with the bigger theme of not judging someone before you know her. Continue following Miss Spider’s adventures by reading the other books in the series. Miss Spider’s carefully counted guests run away from her tea party when they learn that spiders are predators. However, when they hear that Miss Spider has been kind to an injured moth, they quickly change their minds and rejoin Miss Spider for tea.

Want more ways to help your child with preschool math? Check out our selection of fun preschool math activities and preschool math worksheets.

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