Tag Archives: addition

#blogbookaday: Stack the Cats

7 May

Stack the CatsSummary:  “One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!
Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This simple book of adorable cats is perfect for cat and math lovers alike. I could definitely see a way of photocopying a few pages and cutting out the cats so kids could stack different cats on top of each other. There’s not too much of a story line, much more of a concept book with both counting and addition and would be a perfect introduction for a small child.

Personal Reaction: A counting and adding book filled with cats is the perfect way for a little one to learn about both math and science concepts, in an easy to read way! I love the extremely basic text and how if you have too many cats stacked on top of each other, they fall over, but if you make them into smaller groups it works better. I’d love to pair this with a balancing activity that kids to try out as well! This would make a perfect story for a STEM storytime at home or at the library.

Title: Stack the Cats
Author: Susie Ghahremani
Illustrator: Susie Ghahremani
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: May 2, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

12 Mar

32498545Summary:  “6 has a problem.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.

It’s odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem.. or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Private I’s takes the case, when 6 comes into the office after hearing that 7 ate 9 and 7’s after 6 now. The Private leaves no stone unturned as he searches for clues and interviews the other numbers. With lots of word and numberplay this is a fun story to share again and again.

Personal Reaction: I love wordplay, puns and cheesy dad jokes, so this story was right up my alley. The illustrations gave the Private Eye/noir story just the right touch and the the story would be one I’d read a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. This book would be great for elementary age students and even older to get all the jokes, but preschool and early elementary age kids would enjoy the story as well (even if they didn’t “get” all the jokes)! This would make a great picture book to share in a math class, for sure!

Title: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
Author: Tara Lazar
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 16, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

14 Picture Books to Introduce Math Concepts

8 Mar

We are often asked at our library for science and math books for young children and while we keep a few workbook style options that families can copy pages from for practice, I much prefer being able to use a great story to introduce math concepts to young children and then create opportunities to explore these concepts in the real world. For instance, measuring ingredients for cooking, matching clean socks out of the dryer, finding shapes on a walk around the block. I want kids to learn without necessarily knowing that they’re learning, without using flashcards and drilling math worksheets, but to learn that math is used in everyday life! Enjoy just a few selections of math-focused picture books that can encourage children to learn about math in a fun, stress-free environment!

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  1. 20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris (counting)
  2. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (measurement)
  3. Feast for Ten by Cathryn Falwell (counting)
  4. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni (measurement)
  5. Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh (shapes)
  6. A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy (sorting)
  7. Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris (patterns)
  8. Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley (measurement)
  9. Perfect Square by Michael Hall (shapes) 
  10. Quack and Count by Keith Baker (addition) 
  11. Round Is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong (shapes)
  12. Shape by Shape by Suse Macdonald (shapes)
  13. Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland (subtraction)
  14. Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen (measurement)
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