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Creating a Math Library for Grade 2 Children: Connecting Math and Literature

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to offer a new resource for second grade teachers, a bibliography of grade 2 level trade books titled "Creating a Math Library for Grade 2 Children: Connecting Math and Literature."

This bibliography lists a selection of math books that address the five strands presented in the Mathematics Curriculum Framework: number sense and operations; patterns, relations, and algebra; geometry; measurement; and data analysis, statistics and probability.

From Actual Size to Tally O'Malley, these books that are aligned with the grade 2 learning strands not only introduce and teach math skills but they inspire children to learn and to have confidence in their own thinking. In integrating literature with math, the books easily engage students using colorful illustrations and real life situations to stimulate and deepen the learning of math concepts and skills. By using the books to introduce math concepts, students are excited to learn and often think of extensions for the learning such as acting out the story or creating poems related to the math. Many of the books offer art appreciation and science integrated with literature and the math skills.

Teachers may wish to create a math library in their classrooms or include these books in the school library. The books may be sent home for students and parents to share to deepen student learning and promote the "love of math!"


Barbieri McGrath, Barbara. The M&M's Subtraction Book. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2005.

Franco, Betsy. Counting Caterpillars and Other Math Poems. New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Giganti, Paul Jr. Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1992.

Giganti, Paul Jr. How Many Blue Birds Flew Away. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2005.

Gowler Greene, Rhonda. When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins. New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Jaffe, Elizabeth D. Can You Eat a Fraction? Mankato: Capstone Press, 2002.

Jenkins, Steve. Actual Size. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

Keeenan, Sheila. What Time is It? A Book of Math Riddles. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

Koomen, Michele. Fractions: Making Fair Shares. Mankato: Capstone Press, 2001.

Kroll, Virginia. Equal Shmequal: A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2005.

Lanczak Williams, Rozanne. Learning About Coins. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004.

Leake, Diyan. Finding Shapes: Squares. Chicago: Heinemann, 2006.

Leedy, Loreen. Subtraction Action. New York: Holiday House, 2000.

McMillan, Bruce. Eating Fractions. New York: Scholastic, 1992.

McMillan, Bruce. Jelly Beans for Sale. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Munoz Ryan, Pam and Pallotta, Jerry. The Crayon Counting Book. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 1996.

Murphy, Stuart J. Let's Fly a Kite. (Symmetry) New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

Murphy, Stuart J. More or Less. (Comparing Numbers) New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Murphy, Stuart J. Shark Swimathon. (Subtracting Two Digit Numbers) New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Murphy, Stuart J. Tally O'Malley. (Tallying) New York: HarperCollins, 2004.

Myller, Rolf. How Big is a Foot? New York: Random House. 1990.

Pallotta, Jerry. Icky Bug Numbers. New York: Scholastic, 2004.

Pallotta, Jerry. The Hershey's Kisses Subtraction Book. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Pistoia, Sara. Graphs. Chanhassen: Child's World, 2003.

Rambo, Jane and Tucker, Shirley. Odd and Even Numbers. Mankato: Capstone Press, 2002.

Shuette, Sarah L. Eating Pairs: Counting Fruits and Vegetables by Twos. Mankato: Capstone Press, 2003.

Slater, Teddy. Just a Minute. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Tang, Greg. Math for All Seasons. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Trumbauer, Lisa. Graph It! Mankato: Capstone Press, 2002.

Last Updated: September 11, 2006
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