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Multiplication and Division Readiness

Books for Children and Families

Nannabah's Friend
Literature
by Mary Perrine
Houghton 1970 (32p)
This story about a Navajo family can be connected to addition and multiplication.

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.

Sea Squares
by Joy N. Hulme
Hyperion 1991 (32p) also paper
The seashore is the setting for exploring square numbers as seven pelicans each eat seven fish and so on.

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

A Remainder of One
by Elinor Pinczes
Houghton 1995 (32p)
Joe the bug finally figures out how to line up the twenty-five bugs in his marching squadron so that they're even.

Anno's Magic Seeds
by Mitsumasa Anno
Philomel 1995 (32p)
As a man plants magic seeds and reaps an increasingly abundant harvest, readers use multiplication to answer questions about his plants.

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.

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar
by Mitsumasa Anno
Philomel 1983 (48p)
The multiplying contents of a jar--islands, mountains, villages, and kingdoms--are used to demonstrate the concept of factorials.

Counting by Kangaroos
by Joy N. Hulme
Freeman 1995 (32p)
When three kangaroos visit, Sue and Fay use multiplication to count their guests' hats, shoes, and the animals in their pouches.

One Grain of Rice
Multicultural
by Demi
Scholastic 1997 (40p)
As a reward for a good deed, a clever girl named Rani asks the raja for one grain of rice, to be doubled every day for thirty days.

Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies
by Louise Matthews
Scholastic paper 1991 (32p)
Hundreds of bunnies involved in different activities introduce multiplication as repeated addition in this rhyming story.

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 teaching mathematics.

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.

Math World Bibliography

Math Wizardry for Kids
by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams
Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 1995 (324 p)
Contains a wide assortment of math games and activities. Written for teachers and other adults, with many activities being also accessible to children.


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