Books We Love for Teaching
Clocks and Time

Teaching clocks, calendars, and how to tell time can be such 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 and parents 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 listed below during your reading time. Sometimes it just needs a different angle to help it sink in.  This cross-curricular approach is a great way of 'covertly' teaching about what time is, how to tell time, and calendars. And, sometimes the problem is that adults try to teach too much too soon. These books naturally break telling time into digestible, easily understandable tasks.

Books for Teaching Clocks and Time



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

1st grade - 3rd grade


The Clock
Struck One

(a cat chases a mouse
through the hours of a
day--shows a clock face)

Preschool - 2nd grade


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

Preschool - 1st grade


Bats Around
the Clock

(cute bats embark on a
twelve-hour dancing
extravaganza)

Kindergarten - 2nd 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


Midnight Fright
(a group of friends trick
or treat through the hours
on Halloween night)

Kindergarten - 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



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Telling Time with
Big
Mama Cat

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


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

1st grade - 4th grade


Just a Second:
A Different
Way
to Look at Time

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

3rd grade & Up


How Do You Know
What Time It Is?

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

2nd grade - 5th grade


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



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


About Time: A First
Look
at Time & Clocks

(interesting approach for
teaching clocks and how
time has been

measured thru history)
3rd grade - 6th grade



The books above are our picks for the best books for teaching clocks and telling time available on Amazon.com.  And...we're always looking for new books, so if we have left your favorite books off, please let us know!  Also, please note that if you purchase an item from Amazon, they give us a small referral fee. This helps pay for site hosting costs.

Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia
(the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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