Picture books provide a fabulous platform for engaging children with mathematical concepts. By capturing a child’s imagination, picture book stories make the process of learning about quite abstract math concepts and symbolism, of thinking and reasoning mathematically, more interesting, relevant and meaningful. The ten books presented here all provide a basis for exploring number concepts related to counting to 100.
As with all of my book collections, I encourage you to please take a moment to read reviews and age recommendations for any titles you are unfamiliar with. Each title is linked to an Amazon page where you can find further information.
1. 100 Animals On Parade, Let’s Count to 100 and 100 People by Masayuki Sebe.
We love Masayuki Sebe’s fabulously fun counting books. They encourage children to look for and count sets of ten, discuss different colours and features, find a series of little stories and clues of special characters to find on each page, or just count to 100 over and over again.
2. One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J Pinczes.
In rhymed verse one hundred hungry ants hurry to sample the delights of a picnic, but marching in single file seems too slow for 100 empty tummies. The smallest ant of all suggests they travel in 2 rows of 50, four rows of 25 . . .providing a great platform for introducing multiplication, division, and grouping strategies.
3. 100 Snowmen by Jennifer Arena.
With fun, clever illustrations of snowmen in all sorts of playful predicaments, 100 Snowmen introduces children to concepts related to cumulative addition to ten. Fun for also learning to tally, the children can tally up to make sure that there are indeed 100 snowmen.
4. I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael Frith.
Can this dog owner teach his dog the meaning of 100 different words? Children will have fun adding up the words new to the dog to see.
5. From One to One Hundred by Teri Sloat.
Children will enjoy searching and counting for groups of objects in the clever story scenes, from one to ten and then by tens to one hundred.
6. 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz.
Presenting 100 lovely, everyday activities and things from a young child’s life in simple rhyming couplets, 100 Things That Make Me Happy provides children with another wonderful opportunity to count up to 100.
7. The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley.
Can Peg and Cat catch the 100 chickens that have escaped from the chicken coop? As they search Peg counts how many have been found and calculates how many she still needs.
8. One Watermelon Seed by Celia Lottridge.
Max and Josephine set about planting their vegetable garden – reinforcing counting by ones to ten. When harvest time comes, the vegetables are plentiful, encouraging counting by tens to 100.
9. David Carter’s 100 by David Carter.
Flaps upon flaps upon flaps—100 of them—are layered on top of each other like treasure boxes filled with hidden treasure. Author and illustrator, David Carter, is also a master paper engineer and this book offers children a magical experience as they uncover an array of 100 wonderful things in a variety of landscapes.
10. Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells.
Rosemary Wells helps children to see that numbers are all around us as Emily keeps a journal recording all of the wonderful numbers related to her life during the course of the first 100 days of school.
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