When you are selecting books to read to your kids at bedtime, consider a book that deals with numbers and calculations.
Children love to hear the same familiar story over and over and this adds to their memory of the numerical content.
Making and rereading their own Math Bedtime book is great (obviously you have gently aided in correcting any mistakes to prevent those taking root in your child’s memory). For our Number Walk and Bedtime Book activity go to the ‘Free Activities and Downloads’ menu.
When you go for a ready off the shelf book, here is a short selection of books that are really funy and help your child connect with math in a very positive way.
Books for children that nurture interest in math:
One Potato, two potato by Cynthia DeFelice and Andrea U’ren
Spaghetti and Meatballs for all by Marilyn Burns.
What Comes in 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s by Suzanne Aker.
Two Ways to Count to Ten by Ruby Dee.
Centipede’s one Hundred Shoes by Tony Ross
Each Orange Had Eight Slices by Paul Giganti.
One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes.
More or less by Stuart J. Murphy and David T. Wenzel.
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan, Patricia Reid Baquero, Leslie Clark and Alastair Reid
Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream: A Mathematical Story by Cindy Neuschwander.
Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander.
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander.
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Enzensberger, Rotraut Berner and Michael Heim.
Happy bedtime reading!