# Books for Teaching Fractions(continued...)

Below is a continuation of our list of the best books for teaching fractions:

13.  Apple Fractions
by Jerry Pallotta; illustrated by Rob Bolster

(Kindergarten - 2nd gradeApple Fractions is a straight- forward approach to teaching fractions using apples and little elves who cut the apples into thirds, fourths, etc--each with dedicated spreads showing numerals, words, and illustrations of the fraction. Teachers can easily build fraction lessons around this book by cutting up real apples into fractions as they read the spreads of the book. The text also includes details on the many different varieties of apples!

Here's a sample page from inside this book. Most of the pages look similar to this one in format, although the text on the bottom is about apple types and not fractions on about half the pages. Imagine reading this book aloud to your class and stopping at various points to actually cut apples into the fractions being discussed ("Let's try that with this apple.") We've heard from teachers that this approach really works and the class remains engaged throughout the lesson.

14.  Go Fractions
by Judith Stamper; illustrated by Chris Demarest

(Grade 2-4)  Considering how popular soccer is, this fun title will have their attention right out of the gate. Fractions are seamlessly worked into every possible part of the story (from the team name to their uniforms to their half-time snacks, and more).

That much math worked into a storyline usually ends up feeling too forced, but this book is pretty fun. It's technically an early reader, but it's large enough to read aloud to the class as well. School Library Journal ended their review by saying, "This title could easily be incorporated within a math lesson."

15.  The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions
by Donna Jo Napoli; illustrated by Anna Currey

(Kindergarten - 3rd grade)  The Wishing Club is a cute picture book based on a common nighttime activity: wishing on a star. In the story, four children wish upon the stars they see in the sky, but oddly enough only seem to get a fraction of the items they wish for. By the fourth night, they figure out how to team up and make their wish for a new pet come true.

"Napoli's story moves smoothly between the magic of wishes granted and the reality of working with fractions" (SLJ) and Anna Currey's darling watercolor illustrations are a perfect complement. School Library Journal said "the mix of magic and math is irresistible" in this title, and we agree! Below are a few sample spreads from inside this cute book for teaching fractions:

16.  Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin
by Pam Calvert; illustrated by Wayne Geehan

(Grade 3-7)  Rumpelstiltskin has returned and is threatening to harm the kingdom if he is not repayed for the gold he spun 10 years ago. The baby that was promised to him in the fairy tale is now a ten year old boy named Peter and he is the only one who can get hold of Rumplestiltskin's secret multiplying wand and save the kingdom.

In the process, the reader learns about multiplying with whole numbers and fractions.This is a fun book to read aloud to kids learning multiplication (including fractions), but not as an introduction. Kids who cannot themselves multiply whole numbers and fractions will not be able to follow Peter's math solutions. By contrast, kids who have familiarity with the subject will enjoy solving the dilemma along with Peter. Therefore, we recommend this title in the middle or end of your unit, not as an introduction!