10 of our favorite math picture books for kids

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

“Ten tiny toes” 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

Cover of the book
“Ten Little Ladybugs” 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

Norman Bridwell's book
Norman Bridwell’s “Count on Clifford”

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

"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
“Count Me In: A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish”, 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.

Composite image of close-ups of a series of crafts including lottery loom, bead loom, loom, loom and folded newspaper loom.

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

"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
“Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish”, 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

"Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes" (3-5 years) Written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra
“Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes” 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

Cover of "Lia & Luis: who has more?" by Ana Crespo.  It features illustrations of two small children eating snacks.
“Lia & Luis: who has more?” 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.

Photo of a mother and her adorable baby boy doing laundry at home

8. “Not a bean“(3-7 years)
Written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González

    Book cover by "Not a bean" written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González with an illustration of a boy kneeling on the ground as he points to a Mexican jumping bean.
“Not a Bean” 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.

9. “Too many Tamales“https://www.pbssocal.org/”Qué montón de tamales!“(4-8 years)

"Too many Tamales" (4-8 years old) Written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez.  Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada
“Too Many Tamales”, written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez. Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

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

Book cover
How Big is a Million? ” 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.

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