Books for Teaching Clocks
& Telling Time

Teaching clocks, calendars, and how to tell time can be a fun subject to teach, especially with the following picture books on the subject. Kids are so proud of themselves when they can 'finally' tell time, even if it's just to the hour or half hour. All teachers LOVE seeing that excitement in children!  Also, if you are teaching time and some of your students are struggling, try using one or more of the picture books picture below during your reading time. This cross-curricular approach is a great way of 'covertly' teaching about what time is, how to tell time, and calendars.

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Game Time! 
(a soccer game is used
to teach
time from
minutes to months)

1st grade - 3rd grade



I.Q., It's Time
(a cute little mouse and
his classmates
learn all
about how to tell time)

Preschool - 1st grade



It's About Time!
(details a boy's different
activities thru a day;
great for teaching time)

Preschool - 2nd grade



A Second Is a Hiccup
(helps kids grasp how long
an hour is, a minute is...)

Preschool - 2nd grade



A Second, a Minute,
a Week with Days in It
(zany series book!)
Kindergarten - 2nd grade



Telling Time with
Big
Mama Cat

(what a cat does thru a day)
Kindergarten - 2nd grade



The Clock Struck One
(a cat chases a mouse
through the
hours of a day--
shows a clock face)

Preschool - 2nd grade



What Time Is It, Mr Crocodile?
(a crocodile schedules
his plan for
cooking and
eating pesky monkeys)

Preschool - 3rd grade



Completed Hickory
Dickory Dock

(a cat chases a mouse thru the
hours--shows a clock face)
Preschool - 2nd grade





Me Counting Time
(kid-friendly informational
text on time--from
seconds to centuries)

Kindergarten - 2nd grade



Midnight Fright
(a group of friends trick
or treat through the hours
on Halloween night)
Kindergarten - 2nd grade



Bats Around the Clock
(cute bats embark on a
twelve-
hour dancing
extravaganza)

Kindergarten - 2nd grade



Rodeo Time
(two friends make a
schedule so they don't
miss rodeo shows)

1st grade - 4th grade



How Do You Know
What Time It Is?

(history of how time has
been measured, including
different time devices)

2nd grade - 5th grade



Just a Second: A Different
Way to Look at Time

(time--from seconds to the
history of the universe)

3rd grade & Up



About Time: A First
Look
at Time & Clocks

(how time has been
measured thru history)
3rd grade - 6th grade



Chimp Math
Learning About Time
from a Baby Chimpanzee
(chimp's life via
clocks, a calendar...)
2nd grade - 5th grade




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And lastly, while we specialize in reviewing children's books, we have run across some pretty cool educational learning toys that we think would be great for teaching kids how to tell time. Check out these fun options: