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.

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Below are our picks for the best books for teaching clocks and telling time available on  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.

Books for Teaching Clocks and Time
with links to buy on Amazon

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
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
hour dancing

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
at Time & Clocks

(interesting approach for
teaching clocks and 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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