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Creating a Math Library for Kindergarten Children: Connecting Mathematics and Literature

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

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

From How Many Feet to How Many Tails to Math for All Seasons, these books that are aligned with the kindergarten 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 Cheerios Counting Book. New York: Scholastic, 1998.

Barbieri McGrath, Barbara. The M&M's Brand Chocolate Candies Counting Book. Watertown, Massachusetts: Charlesbridge, 1994.

Burns, Marilyn. How Many Feet? How Many Tails? New York: Scholastic, 1996.

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

Hoban, Tana. Let's Count. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1999.

Keenan, Sheila. More or Less a Mess. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Maccarone, Grace. Monster Math Picnic. New York: Scholastic, 1998.

Maccarone, Grace. The Silly Story of Goldie Locks and the Three Squares. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

McMullan, Kate. Fluffy's 100th Day at School. New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Micklewait, Lucy. I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1993.

Murphy, Stuart J. A Pair of Socks. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

Murphy, Stuart J. Bug Dance. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Murphy, Stuart J. Henry the Fourth. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.

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

Murphy, Stuart J. Monster Musical Chairs. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

Murphy, Stuart J. One…Two…Three…Sassafras! New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Murphy, Stuart J. Seaweed Soup. New York: Harper Collins, 2001.

Murphy Stuart J. 3 Little Firefighters. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Pallotta, Jerry. Reese's Pieces: Count by Fives. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

Pluckrose, Henry. Math Counts: Sorting. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1995.

Rockwell, Anne. 100 School Days. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Shelf Medearis, Angela. The 100th Day of School. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Siede, George & Preis, Donna. Counting. Lincolnwood, Illinois: Publications International, Ltd., 1993.

Slater, Terry. Stay in Line. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Szekeres, Cyndy. I Can Count 100 Bunnies and So Can You! New York: Scholastic, 1999.

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

Last Updated: September 11, 2006
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