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Building Blocks Literature Connections

These books link literature to math. They help develop various math concepts. This is just a suggested list. Feel free to add to it.

These books help develop counting:

Week 1

Little Rabbit’s First Number Book by Alan Baker

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

One Was Johnny: A Counting Book by Maurice Sendak

I Can Count the Petals of a Flower by John and Stacey Wahl

Week 2

Three Tales of Three by Marilyn Helmer

Ten Cats and Their Tales by Martin Leman

Frog Counts to Ten by John Lieber

Week 3

I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art by Lucy Micklethwait

Week 6

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell

Five Little Ducks: An Old Rhyme by Pamela Paparone

Week 7

Fiesta by Ginger Foglesong

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

Uno, Dos, Tres: One, Two, Three by Pat Mora

One Hungry Monster: A Counting Book in Rhyme by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe

Week 11

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

Two Ways to Count to Ten by Ruby Dee

10 Bears in My Bed: A Goodnight Countdown by Stanley Mack

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

My Love For You by Susan L. Roth

Week 12

Too Many Eggs: A Counting Book by M. Christina Butler

Week 13

Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle

Animal Orchestra by Scott Gustafson

On the Stairs by Julie Hofstrand Larios

Week 19

Count-a-saurus by Nancy Blumenthal

Ten Apples Up On Top! By Dr. Seuss

Week 26

My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert

The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta

Little 1 by Ann and Paul Rand

Week 29/30

Anno’s Counting House by Mitsumasa Anno

Benny’s Pennies by Pat Brisson

Takeaway Monsters by Colin Hawkins

Ten Sly Piranhas by William Wise

These books help develop shape recognition:

Week 4

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

The Wing on a Flea by Ed Emberley

What’s the Shape? By Judy Nayer

Round Things Everywhere by Seymour Reit

Week 5

What is Square? By Rebecca K. Dotlich

Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The Silly Story of Goldie Locks and the Three Squares by Grace Maccarone

Week 9

Brown Rabbit’s Shape Book by Alan Baker

Bear in A Square by Stella Blackstone

Up Goes the Skyscraper by Gail Gibbons

Into the Sky by Ryan Ann Hunter

Manhattan Skyscrapers by Eric Peter Nash and Norman McGrath

Week 10

There’s a Square: A Book about Shapes by Mary Serfozo

Week 14

Building a House by Byron Barton

Shapes and Things by Tana Hoban

So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban

Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

These books help develop patterning:

Week 16

I See Patterns by Linda Benton

The Maestro Plays  by Bill Martin Jr.

Bein’ With You This Way by W. Nikola-Lisa

Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes: Patterns in Nature by Stephen Swinburne

Spotted Yellow Frogs by Matthew Van Fleet

Week 17

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Mr. Noisy’s Book of Patterns by Rozanne L. Williams

These books help develop comparing:

Week 20

Short Train, Long Train by Frank Asch

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Little Big Bigger by Beth Clure

Is it Larger?  Is it Smaller?  by Tana Hoban

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

These books help develop measuring:

Week 21

Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Inch By Inch by Leo Lionni

How Big Is A Foot? By Rolf Myller

A Giraffe and A Half by Shel Silverstein

Week 22

How Many Bugs in A Box? A Pop Up Counting Book by David A. Carter (capacity)

Little Big Bigger by Beth Clure and Helen Rumsey (size)

Time To… By Bruce McMillan (time)

The Big Brag Dr. Seuss (size)

These books help develop various math skills:

Week 23

Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins

Lottie’s New Beach Towel by Petra Mathers

A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy

Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert

Make a Bigger Puddle, Make a Smaller Worm by Marion Walter

These books help develop arithmetic:

Week 24/25

Anno’s Counting House by Mitsumasa Anno

How Many Snails? A Counting Book by Paul Giganti

Takeaway Monsters by Colin Hawkins

Mission: Addition by Loreen Leedy

12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam

These books help develop math ideas:

Week 27

Picture Pie 2: A Drawing Book and Stencil by Ed Emberley

Bridges Connect by Lee Sullivan Hill

Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins

A Box Can Be Many Things by Dana Meachen Rau

Albert’s Alphabet by Leslie Tryon

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