Outstanding Math Picture Book

Outstanding Math Picture Book September 1, 2013

My preschool set has a new vocabulary, and my older ones are thinking about math in a different way as well after reading this great book many times.  I can’t recommend it enough.  I got it at my local library, and hopefully your library has it too!

My philosophy of elementary education involves picture books for every subject, but I think that Math is sometimes neglected.  The fun pictures and real objects in this book make the lessons accessible to everyone.

A few other math picture books I love:  Babar’s Counting Book, Everything I need to Know before I am 5, and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin.

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  • Kat0427

    Thank you, this looks great, Alice! We love our local library and get almost everything there, so I will look up these suggestions.
    On a related topic…How do you handle all of the books that your family has collected over the years? Do you get most of your books from the library? Do you have a particularly good bookshelf/organization system? We have designated several parts of different storage areas as “book storage,” and rotate out books as we see fit. However, I feel like we can’t buy any more books or we will run out of space! We have already donated all of the books that I feel comfortable parting with. A more efficient use of space might serve us well.

  • AWOL_Mommy

    Me gusta. Thank you for taking the time.

  • We just paid to join a new library because our town library wasn’t worth the trip. I am going to see if they have this book. Thanks!

  • MaryAlice

    This is a great question. First of all, we have a ton of bookshelves. If it were up to me, almost every wall in every room would be shelving, and my house was like that growing up – every room was a library!

    Second, I find that if we have too many books out on our picture book shelf, we lose the good classics that deserve to be read over and over. I go through and sort once or twice a year, with the following criteria:

    1) Seasonal books are pulled and stored in milk crates elsewhere, and they get put out and read during the appropriate time.

    2) Historical books are pulled and stored in milk crates elsewhere, and they get pulled out when we are digging in to that period of history.

    3) Science books are pulled out and stored elsewhere, by topic, and we bring them out when we are on a rabbit trail.

    4) Books that are not age/level appropriate for any of my current readers can get pulled and stored. For example, we have a lot of Magic Treehouse books taking up shelf space right now, but my 9 year olds are past that and my 5 year old is not there yet, so I should get those out of the way, and that would free up half a shelf for the books that my 9 year olds do want to browse through.

    5) I give away A LOT of books. I try to be brutal about this with my own books as well, I just gave away a bunch of cook books – I kept the two that I use all the time and I know that other stuff I just wind up finding online anyway. I also gave away some book club type novels that I read and enjoyed but really don’t feel the need to own, I won’t read them again and don’t feel strongly about having them in my personal library. Also, people give us picture books and I love that, and some of them strike a chord and become family classics, but others just don’t, and that is okay, too, so I feel free to give them away.

    6) Because I give away a lot of books, I am trying to use the library more, and we are also adding a lot to our Kindle library these days. That possibilities book, for example, is one that I love and might have bought in the past, but I probably won’t buy it right now, we can read it a bunch of times, enjoy it and learn from it, but we don’t need to own it.

    7) To that end, together with my seasonal and topic based books, I try to keep a list of library books that I want to request at that time. We don’t own “How many seeds in a pumpkin” for example, but if I request it in mid-September we can have it to read with our October book basket.

    8) I do see the value in owning lots of books. As a kid, I had one long shelf in my room, and it was where I kept all of my treasured books, and I loved to look through them, re-read them, etc. So, I am happy for my kids to hold on to books that are special to them, even if they take up space. Also, I like to own books as a record of what I have read and enjoyed, and I love when there are books in a house, it tells you so much about someone, and makes it easy to start a conversation, when you see the books on their shelves. After all, my brother actually wrote a book about what he learned from the books on my grandmother’s shelves long after she had died!