Teaching Place Value & Other Early Math
Below are the best math picture books to
use when teaching place value, odd
and even, skip counting, ordinal numbers, and more. If
you are teaching
place value lesson plans, odd and even numbers, skip counting, ordinal
numbers, and other basic number sense
concepts, the following math picture books can be a great way
to launch into the lesson and can help your visual and verbal learners
better understand.
This
is a
catchall page, with math picture books on topics for which we do not
yet have enough books to create dedicated pages. For
example, we'd
love to list
more math picture books to use when teaching place value lesson plans,
but we simply haven't been able to find more. We'll keep looking. Know
of any?
Some of the books
below have lesson or activity ideas. Just click the link by each book
and you'll be connected to the book summary page describing
the
lessons and providing a link.
Books for Teaching Place Value
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Sir
Cumference and
the All the King's Tens
by
Cindy Neuschwander
The family is planning a royal celebration for King Arthur's birthday,
but they are having a hard time determining how to organize all the
guest. After several failed attempts, they realize the value of
grouping by tens, hundreds, and thousands, and the result is a
fantastic celebration enjoyed by all. Truthfully, this isn't our
favorite in
the series, but it can be helpful for place value lesson plans.
Interest
Level: Gr. 27 Difficulty Level: age 812 Lexile Measure: 420L Grade Level Equiv: 3.4


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Earth
Day Hooray! (MathStart)
by Stuart Murphy The 'Save the Planet
Club' wants to buy flowers for the local park, so they hold a
can drive. Keeping track of the daily totals is hard until they
start sorting the cans in bags of 10, 100... A section at the
end includes extension activities.
Interest Level: Gr.
14 Difficulty Level: age 48


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Math Fables: Lessons That Count by Greg Tang
A series of short fables told in rhyme and ending with a moral. Each spread focuses on a different number and features vivid computer generated illustrations. This book is not specifically about place value. Rather, author Greg Tang said this book aims to lay the foundation for place value" and as a "first step to building strong computational skills."
Interest LevelKGr. 1 Difficulty Level: age 48


Books for Teaching Odd & Even Numbers


One Odd DayandMy Even Day by Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed
One Odd Day: One day a boy wakes up to find that everything in his life is odd, from the number of sleeves on his shirt to his five legged dog. Vibrant, detailed spreads and energetic, rhyming text make this a great book for read alouds, but students will enjoy finding all the many odd items.
My Even Day: In this followup book, the boy now awakens to find everything is even. This makes for a strange but funny school field trip to the zoo, with illustrations that will have kids pouring over pages looking for hidden even objects.
Interest Level: KGr.2 Difficulty Level: age 48


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The Odds Get Even! The Day the Odd Numbers Went on Strike by Pamela Hall
Watch the pandemonium that ensues when the odd numbers at a grocery store decide to go on strike! Through the resulting chaos, kids learn the difference between odd and even numbers. This is a popup book, full of pull tables and clever paper engineering that adds greatly to the fun. Interest Level: KGr.2 Difficulty Level: age 48




Missing Mittens (MathStart) by Stuart Murphy
How could this even happen? Every chicken, cow and horse on Farmer Bill's farm has lost a mitten! Help Farmer Bill find the culprit and in the process, learn about odd and even numbers. Charts are used to help reinforce odd and even numbers, and an end section includes extension activities. Interest Level: KGr.1 DRA Level: 910 Reading Level: age 48 Lexile Measure: AD190L




If You Were an Even Number or Odd Number by Marcie Aboff
These two books in the If You Were series feature adorable illustrations and bouncy, clear text about odd and even numbers. In If You Were an Even Number, even numbers are defined, shown on a number line, and then presented in different scenariossporting activities, animal feet, branches on a tree, etc. If You Were an Odd Number follows the same format, with a number line and different scenarios with odd numbers.
Interest Level: Gr. 13 Difficulty Level: age 912


Books for Teaching Skip Counting
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Double the Ducks (MathStart) by Stuart Murphy
A young boy has his hands full caring for five ducks, so when each duck brings a friend home, chaos ensues. This is a simple but effective book for teaching skip counting and doubling.
Interest Level: PreSGr.1 Difficulty Level: age 48


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Reese's Pieces Count by Fives/Tens by Jerry Pallotta
In our experience, teachers either really like these candythemed math books or think they have no place in the classroom. We think they can be effective in moderation. We aren't saying every lesson should have a candy component :), but we've seen how students are really engaged in lessons built around these candy math books. If you are of the group that likes these books, these two (like the others) can easily be turned into a skip counting lesson plan.
Interest Level: KGr. 2 Difficulty Level: age 48




Leaping Lizards (MathStart) by Stuart Murphy
The show's about to start, but where are all the lizards? The show calls for 50 lizards and the Director only sees five! Then, by 5s and 10s, they arrive on scene, with each new group added to a chart. Fun for teaching skip counting.
Interest Level: PreSGr.1 Difficulty Level: age 48


Very Large & Very Small Numbers
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How Big is a Million? by Anna Milbourne
A cute picture book about a curious penguin eager to see what a million of something looks. He sees his mother has caught 10 fish, then finds 100 penguins huddled together, then he sees 1,000 snowflakes. Just as he's ready to quit, his mother tells him to look up into the sky, where he sees a million starsdepicted on a large poster tucked into a pocket in the back of the book.
Interest Level: KGr.1 Difficulty Level: age 48


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How Much is a Million? by David Schwartz
A popular book for teaching very large numbersfull of examples that kids will relate to, maybe even want to try out...that is until they see what it would entail! (ie: counting to 1 million.) Schwartz uses a series of examples to demonstrate how big a million is, then a billion, then a trillion. Examples are paired with Kellogg's bright illustrations.
Interest Level: KGr.2 Difficulty Level: age 48


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A Million Dots by Andrew Clements
Very large numbers are hard to comprehend, but this book tackles the topic with great success using kidfriendly examples (ie: number of minutes from one birthday to the next) and eyecatching, funny digital artworkeach incorporating tiny dots across the book's 19 doublepage spreads.
Interest Level: Gr. 14 Difficulty Level: age 48




Big Numbers and Little Numbers by Edward Packard
Big Numbers: One pea grows to 10, then 100, and so on, until they spill out the door, across the yard, and grow into an enormous mountain. The images are fun and effective in showing the large numbers involved. "Bright and sassy...Could break through all but the strongest math anxiety." (Booklist)
Little Numbers: A unique approach to teaching numbers smaller than one using a shrinking dinosaurfrom its original 130 ft long to a trillionth its size. ("Shrunk to a hundredthousandth of its size, it's as small as the dot at the end of this sentence.") Cartoon illustrations add humor and clarify the examples.
Interest Level: Gr. 13 Difficulty Level: age 48


Books for Teaching Other Math Topics
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10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
This is one of our favorite Eric Carle books, largely because it is based on an actual cargo ship accident that set 29,000 plastic ducks, turtles and frogs adrift in the ocean. Carle's version scales the spill down to a more 'manageable' ten duckies adrift. This title tells their story from production in a factory to 10 of them falling into the sea during a storm and finding their way to a different location. Ordinal numbers are used for each duck
Interest Level: PreSGr.1 Difficulty Level: age 48


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Fun with Roman Numerals by David Adler
Bold graphical cartoons of ancient Rome set the scene for this fun introduction to Roman numerals. Adler covers how Roman numerals are used in modern society (watch faces, sporting events, book chapters...) and clear explanations on how they are written and counted (incl. some hands on activities.) "This team once again hits a home run...This is the resource for teachers." (Kirkus)
Interest Level: Gr. 25 Difficulty Level: age 912

