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Readiness for Multiplication and Division

Books for Children and Families

The Other Emily
Literature
by Gibbs Davis
Houghton 1984 (32p)
A picture book about making friends that can be connected to numbers and patterns.

Divide and Ride
Multicultural
by Stuart J. Murphy
Harper 1997 (32p)
Eleven friends divide themselves into smaller groups to go on rides at a carnival.

One Hundred Hungry Ants
by Elinor Pinczes
Houghton 1993 (32p) also paper
One hundred hungry ants on the way to a picnic spend so much time dividing themselves into various rows that when they arrive, there's no food left.

Two of Everything
Multicultural
by Lily Toy Hong
Whitman 1993 (32p)
Mr. and Mrs. Haktak become rich after discovering a brass pot that doubles everything that's put into it.

Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do
by Stuart J. Murphy
Harper 1996 (32p)
A kangaroo's friends use multiplication to figure out how many things they have to do to plan a surprise party for him.

The Doorbell Rang
Multicultural
by Pat Hutchins
Greenwillow 1986 (24p) also paper
Two siblings divide the cookies their mother has made with more friends each time the doorbell rings.

The Twelve Circus Rings
by Seymour Chwast. Harcourt 1993 (32p)
As a boy and his sister wander through twelve circus rings, and they see an increasing number of clowns, acrobats, and animals.

What Comes in 2's, 3's, and 4's?
by Suzanne Aker
Simon 1990 (32p) also paper
Readers are introduced to objects in everyday life that come in sets of two, three, and four.

2 X 2 = Boo!: A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories
by Loreen Leedy
Holiday 1995 (32p)
One bag of candy turns into five, and one moose head becomes two in stories introducing the facts of multiplication from zero through five.

Each Orange Had Eight Slices
by Paul Giganti, Jr.
Greenwillow 1992 (32p)
Readers use multiplication as they count flower petals, cows, gumballs, and other sets-within-sets of objects.

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 is 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.

Art From Many Hands: Multicultural Art Projects
Jo Miles Schuman
Davis Publications 1981 (251p)
Illustrated source for teachers that includes background on the origins of art techniques. Also provides guidance in adapting multicultural art activities for children.

Math World Bibliography

The Multicultural Math Classroom: Bringing in the World
by Claudia Zaslavsky
Heinemann Publishers, 1996 (238p)
A great source for teachers of elementary mathematics. Includes historical background information as well as suggested activities.

Multicultural Mathematics
by David Nelson, George Gheverghese Joseph, and Julian Williams
Oxford University Press, 1993 (228 p)
Source for teachers. Provides a history of mathematics around the world.


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