Since Smarty is still away with grandparents (and has a lot of fun), and I have some time, I thought I share top 10 of our favorite “living math” books in my Math Links post. We own some of them and borrowed others from the library.
Baby books: My First Number Lift-the-flap book was very popular and even now Smarty refuses to put it and its sisters (My First Word book and My First ABC book) in storage. Twelve Hats for Lena was a good introduction into months of the year and holidays of the year.
Counting books: Strangely, I don’t recall any counting books that Smarty really liked and asked to read many times. One book that stands out is Chicka-Chicka 123 that is as brilliant as its well-known sister Chicka-Chicka ABC. What I like about it is that counting doesn’t stop with 10 as in many other counting books.
Counting to 100: We had two stand-outs in this are that Smarty really liked. One is an excellent collection of poems Counting Our Way to 100th Day and Emily’s First 100 Day of School.
Patterns and Shapes. Smarty’s picks here are The Greedy Triangle and Pattern Fish (and other books by Trudy Harris). I have to give honorary mention to Three Pigs, One Wolf, Seven Magic Shapes. I thought that the book was brilliant, but Smarty didn’t care much for the story, she found it “too scary”.
Money and Measurements. Smarty was in love with Carrie Measures Up from Math Matters series. She liked every book we tried from these series, but not quite as much as Carrie. MathStart by Stuart Murphy is hit-and-miss with us, but we found some gems in that series as well including The Penny Pot that deals with manipulating coins and addition.
Love of Math. We both absolutely loved Missing Math book by Loreen Leedy. I seriously think that it should be a required reading in kindergarten to show children how important math is. We read a couple of other books by the same author, but they are geared towards a somewhat older audience.
Come and share your math adventures with Math Links hosted by A Joyful Learner. And I would like to know: What are your favorite math books?