Math Books for the Beginning of the School Year

At the beginning of the school year, I cover simple math concepts like number sense and sorting. Having math books to introduce these concepts can be a great way for students to engage with new skills.

Here are a few of my favourite books for the beginning of the year. I like to do read-alouds with them, place them in the classroom library, put them out with math centers, or display them around the room.

Math Counts Numbers

This book is great for showing numbers out in the world. I like that it shows students that numbers are everywhere around them, and that they can start looking for numbers too. This book is great to have out with loose parts, or any number activity. You can see a fun math center with this book here!

Math Counts Sorting

This series of books is great, and I would highly recommend getting the whole set. This book shows how you can see sorting in the world around you. I love using this book to introduce sorting to my students, then I put it out with various sorting centers. This blog post has some great sorting centers for you to try!

Jump, Leap, Count Sheep!

This is a great Canadian book that has students counting different animals on each page. This is a great book to have out in your classroom because it is simple enough for students to read on their own.

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!

A great fall book that has nice, bold numbers. I love the illustrations in this book, and the cute story. This is another one that is good as a read-aloud, but also simple enough for students to read on their own. You can see a loose parts activity set-up with it here!

Tally O’Malley

I have not seen many books about tallying, so I was pretty excited when I saw this one. It’s all about a girl that loves to tally things, and it is so great for introducing the concept to your students. It is long, so I would read it in at least two parts.

Do you have any other favourite math books for the beginning of the school year? Let me know in the comments!

Do you need some simple math centers for the beginning of the school year? Make sure you check these out One-to-One Correspondence Activities!

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