Wednesday, October 6, 2010


It’s back to school and with that, back to learning! After a long summer break, getting back to the old grind can be daunting. With this in mind, I have assigned myself the task of finding books that would help prepare kids for the upcoming school year. I find it interesting that even though most schools today have a required reading list, none of them seem to involve math. And there is a surprisingly considerable amount of books with this very subject matter. The following books not only teach a variety of mathematical principles but are sure to please kids and parents alike!

Little Nippers Top Choices:

A Remainder of One
Written by Elinor J. Pinczes. Illustrated by Bonnie Mackain. Ages 4-8.
(Division and the Concept of Remainders) Even if your child does not enjoy math, they will love these rhymes! Pinczes and Mackain do it again; subtly teaching math with wit, merriment and a clever verse. Poor tag-along Joe didn’t have any fun, always left out – as a remainder of one. As 25 bugs march in a parade in two separate rows, their queen is displeased with the uneven lines. Poor Joe, who is left at the end, is asked to step out of the procession. Unhappy with his plight, he examines the situation and begins to make changes. First he tries to change the lines from two to three and then again to four. But every time he was left behind. Then at last, he discovers that if the 25 bugs march in five separate lines he will no longer be left out.

The Toothpaste Millionaire
Written by Jean Merrill.Illustrated by Jan Palmer. Ages 9-12.
(Problem Solving) By the time Rufus Mayflower entered the eighth grade he had become a millionaire! How did he do it? He made inexpensive toothpaste that he could sell for only 3cents! Written for children in the intermediate grades, this lighthearted story contains quite a few mathematical problems that the characters must decipher to start their new enterprise. A straight forward, easy to read book that illustrates very basic business lessons that even adults can appreciate.

Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies
Written by Louise Mathews. Illustrated by Jeni Basset. Ages 4-8.
(Multiplication) We all know bunnies multiply, but who knew it could be so much fun! In this wonderfully entertaining book we learn that multiplication is as easy as counting. Every page reveals more bunnies and as they flip, walk, talk and sometimes snore; children will learn their multiplication tables with ease. Complete with rhyming narrative, this is a book you’ll want to read again and again.

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1 comment:

  1. I love your lists. They always include books that haven't read before. I will be looking into these. Thanks!