You don’t have to wait until kindergarten to teach kids math. Getting started can be as easy as integrating it into story time.
1. “ten little toes“(0-3 years)
By Caroline Jayne Church
Head, shoulders and 10 little toes. As you read, count the number of toes on the baby’s feet together.
2. “Ten little ladybugs“(Age 1-2)
Written by Melanie Gerth and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
You can easily turn this counting book into a song. Repeating the scenario will have your children singing along as you count down from 10 to one.
3. “Count on Clifford“(2 years and over)
By Norman Bridwell
With big numbers on the pages, kids can count from one to 10 with their favorite big red dog, Clifford, as he celebrates a birthday party.
4. “Count Me In: A parade of Mexican folk art acts in English and Spanish“(2-6 years)
Written by Cynthia Weill and illustrated with ceramics by the Aguilar sisters: Guillermina, Josefina, Irene and Concepción
Join an Oaxacan parade to practice counting English and Spanish from 1 to 10.
5. “Opuestos: Opposites of Mexican folk art in English and Spanish“(2-6 years)
Written by Cynthia Weill, with Oaxacan wood carvings by Quirino and Martín Santiago
Learn the English and Spanish words for common opposites (like arriba y abajo for top and bottom) using intricately carved and painted wooden animal sculptures made by talented Oaxacan artisans.
6. “Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes“(3-5 years)
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra
Discover the Spanish shapes and names of all kinds of items.
7. “Lia & Luís: who has more?“(3-6 years)
Written by Ana Crespo and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros
Learn how a little girl named Lia uses smart math tools to show her brother how much they both really have using measure and comparison.
8. “Not a bean“(3-7 years)
Written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González
Take a trip to the desert to see how a Mexican Hopping Bean moves throughout the day and help kids review the count from 1 to 10.
After a tamal-making session with her mother goes awry, María tries to solve a masa-shrouded mystery. This book is available in English and Spanish.
ten. “How big is a million?“(5-6 years)
Written by Anna Milbourne and illustrated by Serena Riglietti
Pipkin goes in search of the size of a million. During his trip, he meets a new friend and counts more and more.