123 – Read

We all know the benefits of reading with children.  Why not use your reading time to explore math as well?  In fact, books are frequently used as a way to introduce/reinforce mathematical concepts with children.   Books explore endless math concepts like Counting,Division and fractions, Geometry, Multiplication, Ordinal numbers, Size, Addition,Subtraction, Time, and more.

There are numerous children’s books with math-related themes and content.  Pick a topic – most likely there is a math related book to go with it.  There are even books that you can use crayons, dominoes, jelly beans, M&M’s©, candy bars, Cheerios®, and other items to play (and learn) right along with the story.  So next time you are at the library or book store, look to see what math you can read!

For some inspiration, here are my kids’ top 12 favorites (a dozen favorites to read) – so far.

Have a Great Week!




  • Duck & Goose 123 By Tad Hill
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
  • Hoot: A Hide-and-Seek Book of Counting (My Little World) By Jonathan Litton
  • John Deere Farm 123 By Parachute Press
  • Five Tumbling Tigers By Debbie Tarbett
  • 10 Trick or Treaters By Janet Schulman (also 10 Valentine Friends, 10 Easter Egg Hunters, & Trim-The-Tree’ers)
  • Five Little Monkeys Sitting In A Tree (A Five Little Monkeys Story) By Eileen Christelow (many more books in this series)
  • Who Sank the Boat By Pamela Allen
  • I’m Dirty By Kate McMullan
  • 1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom! A Counting Book By Sarah Lynn
  • 100 Animals on Parade By Masayuki Sebe
  • 1-2-3 Peas (The Peas Series) By Keith Baker



Want to extend your story time even further?  Here is a great resource for Math Activities inspired by books from Inspiration Laboratories.