I have to admit, though this may be obvious, I love books but shy away from math. Having a daughter who happens to excel and like math more than books was surprising. Since I think you can always find anything in a book I began searching for books about math. Here is one gem I have found so far that was written to teach math in an easy way. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns is about basic geometry/shapes that follows a shapeshifter that can turn into any shape! It is recommended for grades Pre-K to 2 and my Kindergartener loved it! The author has her own website that has some great resources for teaching math for all grade levels.
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle is great for a kid that loves to move and wiggle. As we walk along a busy city street we have kids asking each other how they Wokka-Wokka and the answers, as you can imagine, are imaginative. From moving like a snake to a flamingo these kids know how to move! Great for emergent readers.
Great for 2nd and 3rd grade, it follows Dynamonde as she tries to make friends in her new town. Not at all shy she focuses on one boy who is also new to town but doesn't seem to be adjusting as well. Dynamonde sets her sights on making this boy's frown turn upside down and becoming her friend. Penguin Random House has a great resource guide to teaching/discussing the book!
Clara and Clem: In Outer Space is a part of a Penguin Random House series for beginning readers. It uses common sight words that Kindergartens to first graders are learning or should know. The book follows Clara and her little brother Clem as they go around in space on their robot. The dialogue is simple, "Come with me" all three words are common sight words. This book is meant for children to read on their own, not only does it reemphasize sight word training but builds confidence.
Great for kids who love dinosaurs or science! This quirky children's' book follows students (literally little monsters) as they start a new school. Instead of a typical tour of the school they are given clues as a means to learn about the academy. Mishaps ensue when the dinosaurs on display are switched to 'live' mode. Throughout the book/mystery tour the students learn different facts about dinosaurs and fossils. I would recommend this book for K-2nd grade, great for pre readers to see the graphics and hear the general dialogue and good for emergent readers who are interested in learning cool facts a long with the general story.
A great classic retelling of Cinderella with a take charge lead female. Cinderella loves fixing things, including cool rockets. When preparing for the ball the Prince's ship is down due to mechanical failure, which of course Cinderella fixes with her handy tools. I love classic retellings and this one does not disappoint! Great for anyone who is looking for strong female characters, a space theme and diverse characters.
Every generation says, whether out loud or inwardly, that the world no longer looks like how it did when they were a kid. This change can be positive or negative, depending on your own personal viewpoints. But what does not change is the need to teach children self-respect and respect of others, accountability and the ability to navigate a world that encompasses people who are not a reflection of themselves. ABC Family goes through the alphabet of different activities families do together, while visually focusing on gay and lesbian families.
I have read this book to my child since infancy, and she has yet to realize that the families represented are not reflective of her own. This indicates to me that sometimes we as adults project our anxieties, prejudices etc. unto kids in scenarios where kids do not see, sexual orientation, race or religion but merely a family that likes to visit the zoo. This book is a great introduction for the entire family in teaching about differing family dynamics.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Mindfulness is a word I think of when I read this book. After church Miguel and his grandma must take the bus home, Miguel questions why they cannot ride in a car like his friend. His grandmother reminds him that his friend doesn't get to see a coin trick from the bus driver. Throughout the story Miguel points out negative aspects of the things around him and his grandmother kindly reminds him to reflect on the positive. Great for teaching gratefulness and self reflection.
Dr. Seuss is a classic for a reason. It is engaging, made up words and is great for emphasizing 'sight words' (words that are usually repeated on every page, i.e. and, I, the...) that are key for early readers. There are dozens of Dr. Seuss books to choose from, The Foot Book is one that highlights the rhyming and repetition that kids love.
The author has stated that while looking through childhood mementos he discovered a book he wrote as a child which simply repeated the words "No David". Thus starting the great series 'No, David'. This book is all about the trouble David faces in school. This is great for toddlers to emerging readers because it is repetitive with big, bright pictures.