Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Mathematical Marvels

Click, Clack, Splish, Splash; A Counting Adventure - (ISBN: 978-0689877162 )

by Doreen Cronin

Learn to count with Mr. Duck as he walks around the farmyard and comes across all sorts of animals. The animals get into trouble with Duck, but you will be learning numbers up to ten. Take a walk with your children and try similar counting. Ask your child to tell you the story of Duck on your walk.

Mouse Shapes - (ISBN: 978-0152060916)

by Ellen Stoll Walsh

While running away from a cat, the family mice discover the magic of shapes. They can combine them and use them as places to hide or ways to get away. How do they combine shapes to scare the unfriendly cat? Ask your child which shapes help the mice the most.

One Odd Day - (ISBN: 978-1934359334)

by Doris Fisher Dani Sneed

What would happen if you woke up one day and found everything only in odd numbers: only one or three or five, etc? The boy in this book has just such a nightmarish but humorous experience, and when he goes to school, the same thing happens. The rhyming pages make it easy for your child to learn to “read” along with you as you go through the book again and again.

Ten Apples Up On Top - (ISBN: 978-0394800196)

by Theo LeSieg

Children learn to count as the animals pile more and more apples on top of their heads. As the pile increases and the tension builds, readers are learning to count and read at the same time in this Dr. Seuss publication. The bears are chasing the apple carriers; who will win? With easy rhymes and a limited word count, your beginning readers will be able to read this book on their own in no time.

Whoo? Whoo? - (ISBN: 978-1416938163)

by David A. Carter

Learn basic shapes together as you page through this book; the animals on the pages come from combinations of basic geometric shapes. Cut out some basic shapes, such as square, triangle, and rectangle, from different colors of construction paper, and help your children to create even more animals than are portrayed in this book. Retell the stories of the animals, and make up more of your own!

A Remainder of One - (ISBN: 978-0618250776)

by Elinor Pinczes

Hippos Go Berserk - (ISBN: 978-0689834349)

by Sandra Boynton

My Even Day - (ISBN: 978-0977742332)

by Doris Fisher Dani Sneed

Spot's Favorite Numbers - (ISBN: 978-0399231551)

by Eric Hill

The Greedy Triangle - (ISBN: 0590489917)

by Marilyn Burns

Activities for this Theme

Print out some math game and counting worksheets for your younger children. Use colorful markers or crayons to do them together.


Make a mobile out of basic shapes. Teach your children the names of the shapes as you put it together.


Try the “Give a Dog a Bone” Game


Try some of math activities for preschoolers that use every day items.