One of the most important concepts for children in kindergarten is counting and numbers. Many children start out their school years being able to count, but they may not be able to write the numeral for one, two or three. Others may know how to write their numbers, but not know how to recognize the difference between three and eight objects.
Whether your five or six-year-old is at the top of the class when it comes to numbers and counting or they struggle with writing numbers, the San Francisco Children’s Fiction Examiner has found five books that cover number concepts in a non-threatening and fun way. Using these books written for children ages 3-6, kids might not even recognize they are learning to count and recognize differing amounts of objects. Each of these books can be found at independent bookstores like Hicklebee’s in San Jose, Books, Inc. in San Francisco and Rain All Day Books in Fortuna.
“One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day Counting Book” by Doris Gayzagian and Kristina Swarner (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006) A child spends the day at the beach with her mother. They search the shore for all sorts of treasures and count each one they find.
“20 Hungry Piggies: A Number Book:” bu Trudy Harris and Andrew N. Harris (Millbrook Press, 2006) Most children and adults are familiar with the “This Little Piggie…” nursery rhyme that requires little toes to make it truly fun. This book expands that theme to include 20 piggies and they are all hungry. As the piggies make their way to a picnic, they soon realize they have been invited by the Big Bad Wolf.
“Soup for One” by Ethan Long (Running Press Kids, 2012) A hungry little fly is expecting to enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup all to himself, but it’s just not meant to be. He is soon joined by one friend after another, but do any of them see the spider lurking behind the corner?
“One Watermelon Seed” by Celia Lottridge and Karen Patkau (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2012) As Max and Josephine plant a garden, they count the number of seeds for foods like watermelon, corn, beans and more. As the plants grow the children soon need to count the harvest by tens.
“Polar Polka: Counting Polar Bears in Alaska” by Cherie B. Stihler and Erik Brooks (Sasquatch Books, 2008) It’s a polka party as ten polka-playing polar bears gather on an iceberg to play their instruments. But one by one, the bears float away as the iceberg gets smaller and smaller. How can they be a band when everyone keeps floating away?
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