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11 Mar 2016

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Spend time reading books related to Mathematics with your child will help your child to have a better understanding of the Mathematics concept.

There are many resource materials related to Mathematics available, some of which can be found in the National Library. Spend some time to explore the library for such resources this March holidays! 

Books on Counting

bedtime in jungle
It Was Bedtime In The Jungle By John Butler,London: Puffin, 2009,Call No.: JP BUT
Summary: Snuggle down and count to ten with adorable animal babies in this gentle jungle bedtime rhyme.
The very hungry caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar By EricCarle, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1994, c1969,Call No: JP CAR
Summary:Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
over in the hollow
Over In The Hollow By Rebecca Dickinson,San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2009,Call No.: JP DIC
Summary:A counting book that features a variety of spooky Halloween creatures, from one spider to thirteen ghosts.
five little penguins slipping on the ice
Five Little Penguins Slipping On The Ice By Steve Metzger,New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2009,Call No.: JP MET
Summary:A counting book in which one by one the little penguins fall and hurt themselves, to the dismay of their mother and doctor.
Oh, What A Beautiful Day! A Counting Book
Oh, What A Beautiful Day! A Counting Book [Stories in rhyme] By Jeanne Modesitt Honesdale, Pa. Boyds Mills Press, c2009,Call No. JP MOD
Summary:Easy-to-read, rhyming text celebrates the wonder of a beautiful day as a girl meets animals swirling, twirling, and loving every minute of it.
over in the clover
Over In The Clover [Stories in rhyme] By Jan Ormerod Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 Call No.: JP ORM
Summary:Meet busy beavers, tumbling tigers, shuffling warthogs and many more in this count-along rhyme from one to ten that you’ll want to join in with again and again!
how many cats
How Many Cats? [Stories in Rhyme] By Lauren Thompson New York: Disney Hyperion Books, c2009,Call No.: JP THO
Summary:From zero to twenty, a house becomes filled with frolicking cats, who then leave alone or in groups.
haunted party
Haunted Party By Iza Trapani, Watertown, Mass.: Charlesbridge, c2009,Call No.: JP TRA
Summary:In this counting book that introduces the numbers from one to ten, a ghost and his supernatural friends have a party on Halloween night.

The big storm
The Big Storm : A Very Soggy Counting Book By Nancy Tafuri,New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2009,Call No.: JP TAF
Summary:Ten animals find shelter in a hill hollow one by one, but when the storm is over, a rumbling tells them there is still danger afoot.
one dragon dream
One Dragon's Dream. [Stories in rhyme] By Peter Pavey, Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2009, Call No.: JP PAV
Summary:As a dragon dreams of turkeys, tigers, kangaroos, and seals, the reader can count the items hidden within the dream.
one
One By Kathryn Otoshi, San Rafael, Calif.: KO Kids Books, 2008, Call No.: JP OTO
Summary:A number/colour book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count.
christoper counting
Christopher Counting By Valeri Gorbachev,New York: Philomel Books, c2008,Call No.: JP GOR
Summary:When Christopher Rabbit learns to count in school, he enjoys it so much that he counts everything in sight, including how many baskets his friends make when they play basketball and how many peas and carrots are on his plate.
ballroom bonanza
Ballroom Bonanza By Nina Rycroft,New York, N.Y.: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010, Call No.: JP RYC
Summary:Animals from alpacas to zebras gather in Blackpool for the annual dance competition, while the monkeys hide twenty-six musical instruments for which the reader is invited to search in the illustrations.
sir cumference
Sir Cumference and All The King's Tens : A Math Adventure By Cindy Neuschwander, Watertown, Mass.: Charlesbridge, c2009, Call No.: JP NEU
Summary:When Sir Cumference and his wife, Lady Di of Ameter, host a massive surprise birthday party for the king, they must figure out quick a way to count all the guests that are in attendance.
gobble gobble crash
Gobble-Gobble Crash! : A Barnyard Counting Bash By Julie Stiegemeyer,New York, NY:Dutton Childrens Books, 2008,Call No.: JP STI
Summary:A flock of clumsy turkeys disrupts a quiet night on the farm, but when the farmer threatens them; all the barnyard animals help the noisy birds hide.
mac n cheese pleeeze
Mac & Cheese, Pleeeeze! By Eleanor May,New York: Kane Press, 2008,Call No.: JP MAY
Summary:While campaigning for her favourite meal--macaroni and cheese--in the school's first ever "Lunch Election," Caitlin tallies the committed votes in her head.
pigs love potatoes
Pigs Love Potatoes [Stories in Rhyme] By Anika Denise, New York: Philomel Books, c2007, Call No.: JP DEN
Summary:A counting book in which increasing numbers of pigs arrive and are recruited to help as Mamma cooks potatoes.
the bakers dozen
The Baker's Dozen [Stories in Rhyme] By Dan Andreasen,New York: Henry Holt, c2007,Call No.: JP AND
Summary:The reader is invited to count from one to thirteen as a jolly baker makes delectable treats from one mouth-watering éclair to twelve luscious cupcakes, and serves them to invited guests.
how many mice
How Many Mice? By Michael Garland,New York: Dutton Children's Books, 2007,Call No.: JP GAR
Summary:Ten hungry mice set out on a mission to find some food, facing hazards and dangers along the way.
how many seeds in a pumpkin
How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin? By Margaret McNamara [size & Counting],New York, N.Y.: Schwartz & Wade Books, c2007,Call No.: JP MAC
Summary:Charlie, the smallest child in his first grade class, is amazed to discover that of the three pumpkins his teacher brings to school, the tiniest one has the most seeds.
ten naughty little monkeys
Ten Naughty Little Monkeys [Stories in rhyme] By Suzanne Williams,New York: HarperCollins, 2007,Call No.: JP WIL
Summary:The littlest monkey gets its revenge in this version of the counting rhyme featuring monkeys engaged in a variety of playful activities.
cha cha chimps
Cha-Cha Chimps By Julia Durango [Stories in Rhyme] New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2006, Call No.: JP DUR
Summary:Counting and dancing go hand in hand at Mambo Jamba's, the place where hippos hokey-pokey and meerkats macarena and ten little chimps do the cha-cha-cha, until Mama Chip says, "Time for bed!"
five for a little one
Five For A Little One [Stories in Rhyme] By Chris Raschka, New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2006, Call No.: JP RAS
Summary:A young rabbit explores the world using his five senses.
ninety-three in a family
Ninety-Three In My Family By Erica S. Perl New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006, Call No.: JP
Summary:A young boy explains to the mailman that his family consists of ninety-three members, including his parents, sisters, and an assortment of pets.
how do you count a dozen ducklings
How Do You Count A Dozen Ducklings? By In Seon Chae,Morton Grove, Ill.: Albert Whitman & Co., 2006,Call No.: JP CHA
Summary:Faced with keeping track of twelve ducklings, Mama Duck finds different ways to group them so that they are easier to count. [Originally published in Korea as A dozen ducklings are too many]

Books on Subtraction

apple countdown
Apple Countdown By Joan Holub,Morton Grove, Ill.: Albert Whitman & Co., 2009,Call No.: JP HOL
Summary:Rhyming text describes a school field trip to an apple orchard, where the students count down all the things they see, from twenty nametags to one apple pie.
too many tomatoes
Too Many Tomatoes By Marcie Aboff , Minneapolis, Minn.: Picture Window Books, c2008Call No.: JP ABO
Summary:When Rachel helps Mr. Thomas with his tomato crop, they end up with many tomatoes, so Rachel and Mr. Thomas distribute the tomatoes to the neighbours, and Mr. Thomas gets to know the neighbours in the process.
hardworking puppies
Hardworking Puppies By Lynn Reiser ,Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006,Call No.: JP REI
Summary:One by one, ten energetic puppies find important jobs as dogs which help people in different ways, including by pulling sleds and saving swimmers.
seven little rabbits
Seven Little Rabbits By John Becker,New York: Walker & Co., 2007,Call No.: JP BEC
Summary:One by one, as they walk down the road, seven little rabbits get tired and find a place to sleep.
bird songs
Bird Songs By Betsy Franco,New York, N.Y.: Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2007,Call No.: JP FRA
Summary:Throughout the day and into the night various birds sing their songs, beginning with the woodpecker who taps a pole ten times and counting down to the hummingbird who calls once.
ten stinky babies
Ten Stinky Babies By Ellen Olson-Brown,Berkeley, Calif.: Tricycle Press, 2005, Call No.: JP OLS
Summary:A stinky baby countdown goes from ten to zero as one-by-one, ten toddlers get their diapers changed and settle down for a nap during their stay at day care.

Books on Multiplication

two of everything
Two of everything: a Chinese Folktale Retold and illustrated by Lily Toy Hong,Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman, c1993,JP 398.2 HON -[FOL]
Summary:A poor old Chinese farmer finds a magic brass pot that doubles or duplicates whatever is placed inside it, but his efforts to make himself wealthy lead to unexpected complications.
one grain of rice
One Grain Of Rice : A Mathematical Folktale By Demi,New York : Scholastic Press, c1997JP 398.2 DEM -[FOL]
Summary:A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.
corkscrew counts
Corkscrew Counts : A Story About Multiplication By Donna Jo Napoli and Richard Tchen
New York: Henry Holt and Co., c2008, Call No.: JP NAP
Summary:Corkscrew the pig is celebrating his birthday, but as his owners and their friends form various groups to play games, they leave out Corkscrew and his new friend, Pirate the parrot, who make it clear they want to join in the fun.
sixteen runaway pumpkins
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins By Dianne Ochiltree, New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2004, Call No.: JP OCH
Summary:Rhyming text and illustrations demonstrate how many pumpkins it takes to fill a wagon and how quickly they add up each time the number is doubled.
counting sheep
Counting Sheep By Julie Glass, New York: Random House, c2000, Call No.: JP GLA
Summary:A child counts sheep and other animals in multiples of two, three, four and five before falling asleep.
amanda bean
Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream: A Mathematical Story By Cindy Neuschwander,New York: Scholastic Press, c1998, Call No.: JP NEU
Summary:Amanda loves to count everything, but not until she has an amazing dream does she finally realize that being able to multiply will help her count things faster.
the pool party
The Pool Party By Marcie Aboff, Minneapolis, Minn.: Picture Window Books, c2008, Call No.: JP ABO
Summary:Sam is busily getting ready for his birthday pool party, but has to postpone it several times because of the weather and his sickness. He has to look several times at the thermometer to check the weather and then his father has to take Sam's temperature when he gets sick.
one odd day
One Odd Day By Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed, Mount Pleasant, SC: Sylvan Dell Pub., c2006, Call No.: JP FIS
Summary:A humorous, rhythmic, read-aloud story about a boy who awakens to find that everything around him is odd. He has three sleeves on his shirt, and his dog has five legs... Things are no better at school either. Will his odd day end when he goes to bed that night? Includes "For Creative Minds" section with odd fun facts and number games.
Eloise has a lesson
Eloise Has A Lesson By Margaret McNamara, New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2005,Call No.: JP MAC
Summary:Eloise would rather tease her tutor, Philip, than let him teach her math. It's time for Eloise's lesson. Today her tutor, Philip, wants her to learn math, but Eloise has a better idea!
lion share
The Lion’s Share By Matthew McElligot, New York: Walker & Co., 2009, Call No.: JP MAC
Summary:Ant is honoured to receive an invitation to lion's annual dinner party, but is shocked when the other guests behave rudely and then accuse her of thinking only of herself.

Books on Fractions

the wishing club
The Wishing Club : A Story About Fractions By Donna Jo Napoli, New York: Henry Holt, c2007, Call No.: JP NAP
Summary:When four siblings wish on a star, each gets only a fraction of what he or she wanted, but when they combine their wishes, they just might get a whole new pet.
mary clare likes to share
Mary Clare Likes To Share: A Math Reader By Joy Hulme, New York: Random House, 2006, Call No.: JP HUL
Summary:Mary Clare divides treats into halves, thirds, or other fractional parts to make sure that each of her friends or family members can enjoy an equal share.
inchworm and a half
Inchworm And A Half By Elinor J. Pinczes, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001, Call No.: JP PIN
Summary:Several small worms use their varying lengths to measure the vegetables in a garden.

 

Story Books on Geometry

sweet dreams lullaby
Sweet Dreams Lullaby [Stories in Rhyme] By Betsy Snyder,New York, N.Y. : Random House, c2010,Call No.: JP SNY
Summary:A young bunny goes to sleep and dreams of the soothing colours, shapes, sights, and sounds of nature.
birds
Birds By Kevin Henkes, New York: Greenwillow Books, c2009,Call No.: JP HEN
Summary:Fascinated by the colours, shapes, sounds, and movements of the many different birds she sees through her window, a little girl is happy to discover that she and they have something in common.
daddy hug
Daddy Hug By Tim Warnes, New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, c2008,Call No.: JP WAR
Summary:Animal fathers give hugs that come in all shapes and sizes, and each one is filled with love.
mouse shapes
Mouse Shapes By Ellen Stoll Walsh, Orlando: Harcourt, c2007.,Call No.: JP STO
Summary:Three mice make a variety of things out of different shapes as they hide from a scary cat.
princess della birthday cake
Princess Bella's Birthday Cake By Trisha Speed Shaskan, Minneapolis, Minn.: Picture Window books, c2007,Call No.: JP SHA
Summary:Since Princess Bella loves shapes, the cook makes a very special cake for her birthday that includes trapezoids, rectangles, rhombuses and parallelograms.
shape capers
Shape Capers By Cathryn Falwell, New York, N.Y. : Greenwillow Books, 2007, Call NO.: JP FAL
Summary:A group of children shakes shapes out of a box and discovers the fun of using circles, squares, triangles, semicircles, rectangles, and their imaginations.
a circle in the sky
A Circle In The Sky By Zachary Wilson, New York : Children's Press, c2007, Call No.: JP WIL
Summary:A child puts together various simple shapes to build a rocket that will fly to the moon.
tiny toriilla
Tiny Tortilla By Arlene Williams, New York: Dutton Children's Books, c2005, Call No.: JP WIL
Summary:Juan Carlos discovers that, with the right touch, he can transform some special tortilla dough into unexpected shapes.
 
Books on Measurement

pastry school in paris
Pastry School In Paris: An Adventure In Capacity By Cindy Neuschwander, New York: Henry Holt, 2009.,Call No.: JP NEU
Summary:Twins Bibi and Matt learn about different liquid measurements when they go to Les Jumelles Coccinelle International Pastry Academy while on a trip to Paris with their parents and dog.
the warlord kite
The Warlord's Kites By Virginia Walton Pilegard, Gretna, La.: Pelican Pub., 2004, Call No.: JP PIL
Summary:When a hostile army attacks the warlord's palace in ancient China, Chuan and his friend, Jing Jing, find an ingenious way to scare them off using simple kites. Includes instructions for making a kite from a paper bag.
how big is a foot
How Big Is A Foot? By Rolf Myller, New York: Dell Yearling, c1990, Call No.: JP MYL
Summary:Thrown in jail because the bed he made for the Queen is too small, an apprentice comes up with a more accurate way of measuring size.


This is only a suggested list of story books relating to Mathematics and is not exhaustive. We encourage parents to exercise discernment when selecting appropriate books for their children.