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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!


  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)

Flannel Friday: Quack and Count

6 May



I made some simple ducks using Microsoft Word shapes and the kids had fun adding up the ducks in different ways to always equal seven using the book Quack and Count by Keith Baker.  I put them all in a line on our flannel board and I made sure to have a space between the ducks as we were counting them up: 6 ducks + 1 duck = 7 ducks.  Maybe to make it even more math focused I could include a plus “+” sign and an equal “=” sign, but with a family storytime group I had kids of all ages, so what I did worked well with them.

I also spent a few seconds talking about what kind of shapes the ducks were made out of – and the preschoolers in the group were excited to share the different shapes they could find.

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