One Hundred Hungry Ants

One hundred hungry ants

Bibliographic Information: Pinczes, E. J., & MacKain, B. (1993). One hundred hungry ants. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Brief Annotation: One little ant leads 99 more ants on a path to reach a picnic, traveling by ones, then fives, and finally tens, will they every reach their destination?

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who will like this: Readers who like funny stories; who like interactive books. and children who like insects.

Rating/Response: 4- This is a fun book with a lot of images that can be used for a read aloud interactive lesson, the illustrations are vivid and fun.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Imagine you were a tiny little and in a group of another 99 little ants, how would you line up to travel to go and find food to eat?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for Strategy: This book shows the different divisions for creating groups of one hundred and therefore I found it to be a great book for prior knowledge and building more knowledge on the subject.

Posted by: Yesenia Corral


Anno’s Magic Seeds

Anno's magic seeds

Bibliographic Information: Anno, M. (1995). Anno’s magic seeds. New York: Philomel Books.

Brief Annotation: Jack gets a visit from a wizard who makes Jack’s fortune grow, using a series of math prblems the reader goes on a quest to find out how many seeds grow!

Genre: Juvenile literature

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy problem-solving; who like math.

Rating/Response: 4- The book is filled with wonderful illustrations making connections to the mathematical concepts being addressed.

One question you would ask before a read aloud:  What patterns do you see through out the story?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for Strategy: It is a great story that incorporates multiplication and subtraction within the story making it a journey to find the answer to the questions.

Posted by: Yesenia Corral

Miss Spider’s Tea Party

Bibliographic Information: Kirk, David. Miss Spider’s Tea Party. New York: Scholastic, 1994

Brief Annotation: All Miss Spider wants is a friend with whom she can drink tea and eat cake, but every time she invites the other insects in, they run away in fear.  Finally Miss Spider is able to convince one little moth of her good intentions.

Genre: Poetry

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy insects, spiders, tea parties, and counting.

Rating/Response: 5 – This book has beautiful illustrations and is written in charming verse.  It can be used as a counting book, and it has a heartwarming story line that children are sure to enjoy.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Why would insects be afraid of a spider?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for Strategy: This book is a wonderful way for students to practice their counting as each page has a new number of insects.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr

Lemonade Standoff

Bibliographic Information: Aboff, Marcie, and Troy Olin. The Lemonade Standoff. Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window, 2008. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book is a group of friends who are competing to sell yellow and pink lemonade to see which one is the best flavor.

Genre: fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who likes math.

Rating/Response: 4 I thought this book was a great read. There are little drawings on the side to keep track on how many cups of lemonade that were sold.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Looking at the cover and title, what do you think this book will be about? Why?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for Strategy: This book would be great for visualization because many of the poems are very descriptive and lend themselves to creating images in the mind.  Students could draw what they see in their minds as the teacher reads the poems.

Posted by: Lisa Lor

Inch by Inch

Bibliographic Information: Lionni, Leo. Inch by Inch. New York: Mullberry Books, 1960. Print.

Brief Annotation: A young inchworm agrees to measures different parts of various birds in order to avoid being eaten

Genre: Picture Book

Grade Level: k-1

Readers who will like this: Children who enjoy nature and children who like books with beautiful illustrations.

Rating/Response: 4 This is a cute story, and it is a great way to get children excited about measuring; it is a perfect introduction because it can be read quickly.  It has beautiful illustrations.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever measured anything? How did you do it?

Reading Strategy: Math

Rationale for Strategy: This book is perfect as an introduction to measuring.  It can be used to really get students excited about measuring.  The book is also great because it can be used to talk about measuring with different things (hands, feet, kids, or inches).  There is a wide variety of activities that I can see using after reading this book.

Posted by: Emily Busch

My Rows and Piles of Coins

Bibliographic Information: Mollel, Tololwa M., and Earl B. Lewis. My Rows and Piles of Coins. New York: Clarion, 1999. Print.

Brief Annotation: This story is about a young Tanzanian boy who saves up his money with the hopes of eventually buying a bike. His dream does not go as planned but the result isn’t too bad either.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy reading about children around their age in other countries and cultures will enjoy reading this story.

Rating/ Response: 5 – The author does a fantastic job of illustrating this story and making the young boy’s emotions seem so real, the readers will instantly be able to connect with him.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever saved your money to buy something?

Reading strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for strategy: When teaching about money it is important to make connections to other cultures, especially since their are so many forms of currency. Making the situation real in your classroom by allowing students to buy items, will make the learning come alive!

Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin

Color Zoo

Bibliographic Information: Ehlert, Lois. Color Zoo. [S.l.]: HarperFestival, 1997. Print.

Brief Annotation: This story talks about many different types of shapes and makes direct connections to children because animals are formed from the different shapes.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: This story is simple but it has a big message; showing students both colors and shapes. Students who enjoy animals will enjoy being able see them in terms of different shapes.

Rating/ Response: 5 – This story is not very complex but it still gets a big idea across; how shapes form different animals and other things we may see every day.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What shapes do you know?

Reading strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for strategy: Students are introduced to shapes – and being able to demonstrate this topic in terms of a story will aid in forming their understanding.

Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin

Two Ways to Count to Ten


Bibliographic Information: Dee, R., & Meddaugh, S. (1988). Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale. New York: H. Holt.

Brief Annotation: King Leopard plans a contest to find determine who is clever enough to rule the jungle and marry his daughter. The winner must be able to throw his spear up in the air and count to ten before it hits the ground.

Genre: Folk Tale

Grade Level: 1-2

Readers who will like this: Readers learning to count by number patterns; readers who like animal stories

Rating/Response: 4 This tale emphasizes the strength of the mind by encouraging readers to think outside the box and put their counting skills to use.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Is there more than one way we can count to ten?”

Reading Strategy: Math

Rationale for Strategy: This book is a great way to motivate student to apply and practice their knowledge of number patterns and counting strategies.

Posted by: Sammi Keller

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Bibliographic Information: Morales, Yuyi. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. San Francisco: Chronicle LLC, 2003. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a super funny story about a skeleton, Senor Galavera, who shows up at Grandma Beetle’s door. He requests that she leaves with him, but she outwits him by explaining all that she has to do in preparation for her birthday celebration. This book uses both Spanish and English words to tally the preparations, as it is a counting book. It also includes various aspects of the Mexican culture. The vivacious illustrations add to the overall authenticity of the story.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this: Readers who are culturally diverse will enjoy this in addition to visual and creative learners. English Learners would enjoy this as well. This would be a really fun book to use for a math read-aloud in the younger grades.

Rating/Response: 5 – I loved reading this story! Fun, interesting, culturally appropriate, etc. 

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Based on the cover, who do you think will be the trickster in the story and why?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for strategy: This is a counting book, as Grandma Beetle and the skeleton count the activities throughout the entire story.

Posted by: Emma Henke

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Bibliographic Information: Viorst, J., & Cruz, R. (1978). Alexander, who used to be rich last Sunday. New York: Atheneum.

Brief Annotation: Alexander and his brothers each received a dollar from their grandparents. Over the course of the week, Alexander, in spite of wanting to save his money for a walkie-talkie, spends it on various bets and smaller trinkets.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Children who enjoy humorous books will like this one, as well as children who have had experience with money (allowance, etc).

Rating/Response: 5 I love the Alexander books but have never read this one. He’s very young (and immature) and elementary readers will relate to his antics. It’s a funny, simple story that’s easy to follow.

One question you will ask before a read aloud: If I gave you a dollar, what would you buy? What could you buy?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for Strategy: The value of money is a mathematical standard beginning in first grade. Students could follow along with the book to determine how much Alexander is spending and how much he has left after each time he spends money.

Posted By: Caitlin Miller