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Books for Children and Families

The Turtle and the Monkey
Literature
by Paul Galdone
Clarion 1983 (32p)
A picture book based on a Philippine folktale that can be connected to fractions and measurement.

There's a Square: A Book About Shapes
by Mary Serfozo
Scholastic 1996 (24p)
Rhyming text invites children to search for squares, circles, and other shapes in the pictures.

I See a Sign
Social Studies
by Lars Klove
Aladdin paper 1996 (32p)
This description of a variety of signs allows readers to identify different shapes.

Circles and Squares Everywhere
by Max Grover
Harcourt 1996 (32p)
Readers find circles and squares in trucks, boats, houses, and other familiar objects.

Shape Space
Social Studies
by Cathryn Falwell
Clarion 1992 (32p)
A spirited girl dances her way among rectangles, triangles, circles, and squares.

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1986 (32p)
Readers search photographs for the circles, squares, triangles, and other shapes found in everyday objects.

Eating Fractions
Multicultural
by Bruce McMillan
Scholastic 1992 (32p)
A boy and a girl discover halves, thirds, and fourths as they divide bananas, pizza, and strawberry pie.

Give Me Half!
by Stuart J. Murphy
Harper 1996 (34p)
As a brother and sister fight over pizza and cookies, readers are introduced to the concept of halves.

The Doorbell Rang
Multicultural
by Pat Hutchins
Greenwillow 1986 (24p) also paper
Every time the doorbell rings, more friends arrive to share the cookies that Ma has made.

Fraction Action
by Loreen Leedy
Holiday 1994 (32p) also paper
Miss Prime and her animal students explore fractions by using examples found in the world around them.

Books for Teacher Reference

Read Any Good Math Lately?
by David J. Whitin and Sandra Wilde
Heinemann 1992 (205p)
This resource helps teachers access and use children's books in the classroom for mathematical learning.

It's the Story That Counts
by David J. Whitin and Sandra Wilde
Heinemann 1995 (224p)
The authors explain the importance of children's literature in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

The Wonderful World of Mathematics
by Diane Thiessen and Margaret Mattias
NCTM 1992 (241p)
An annotated bibliography of children's books appropriate for developing math skills.

Picturing Math
by Carol Otis Hurst and Rebecca Otis
SRA Media 1996 (152p)
A variety of math concepts are introduced through the use of picture books for preschoolers through second graders.

Connecting Mathematics Across the Curriculum
edited by Peggy A. House
NCTM 1995 (248p)
This volume emphasizes how math can be connected to subjects across the curriculum and to the everyday world.

The Multicultural Game Book
by Louise Orlando
Scholastic Professional Books 1993 (110p)
A description of more than 70 traditional games from 30 countries. The section on Tangram includes ideas for shapes that children can make and geometric principles they can learn from the game.

Games Children Play Around the World
by Ruth Oakley
Marshal Cavendish 1989 (48p)
An illustrated guide to games played with papers and pencil, including making kites and paper airplanes, origami, and other activities.

Math World Bibliography

Multicultural Mathematics
David Nelson, George Gheverghese Joseph, and Julian Williams
Oxford University Press, 1993 (228 pp.)
Gives the spelling of the names of numbers 1-21 in different languages, including Yoruba.

Yoruba
E.C.Rowlands
Hodder and Stoghton, 1969 (276 pp.)
A guide to the Yoruba language, including the spelling and pronunciation of number names and examples of common sentences and expressions that contain numbers.


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