Monday, September 20, 2010

Since Anna 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 Anna 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 Anna 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 Anna 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. Anna’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 Anna didn’t care much for the story, she found it “too scary”.

Money and Measurements. Anna 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?

14 comments:

Joyful Learner said...

Great list!

Christy said...

I picked up The Penny Pot and The Greedy Triangle from the library last week. We are enjoying both books!

Phyllis said...

I think "living" math books are very important, especially in the early years. It helps them to not be afraid of math.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Thanks for this math post. Great suggestions. My daughter's favorite math related book is 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love the idea of living math books, but not all of them are good, captivating stories. When they are though, they are definitely worth sharing!

Ticia said...

Sigh, my kids keep unhooking computer cords as they trip on them. Need to tape that down.

I found a Little Golden book called "Bunny Counting," and it's one of the best early math books I've found because it's counting and simple addition.

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing your favorites.

MaryAnne said...

I've had a very hard time finding good math books, so I'll be checking out several from this list. Thanks for the recommendations!

Infant Bibliophile said...

We've only read one of those (Chicka Chicka 123). I'm glad about that, because now we have a list of new ones to read! My truck-crazy boy loved Construction Countdown, but it's only a 1-10 counting book. He also loved Counting Colors, again for young ones. As you know, we've just started reading the MathStart series. He enjoyed Monster Musical Chairs probably the most, but I don't know that he understands the game musical chairs yet - just likes the monsters.

Kylie said...

Thanks for this great list. :)

Loreen Leedy said...

Dear Momma Mouse,

Thank you so much for your recommendation of my book Missing Math. It is so thrilling to hear that it is coming across to kids the way that I had hoped. :)))

Fairion said...

Thanks for the recommendations. Missing Math and Carrie Measures Up sound perfect for the Froggy.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of these wonderful math links and books. Since math is not an area I excel in I am always looking for as many ways/things I can find for my kids so that they do excel in it.

Anna said...

Love this list of math books! Thanks so much for putting it together!