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10 of Our Favorite Math Picture Books for Kids

Here are 10 great books (some bilingual) that can help teach kids basic math concepts like counting and shapes. They also make great gifts!
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You don't have to wait until kindergarten to teach kids math. Starting can be as easy as incorporating it into story time.

1. "Ten Tiny Toes" (Ages 0-3)
By Caroline Jayne Church

Book Cover of “Ten Tiny Toes” by Caroline Jayne Church. It is illustrated with a small child holding a teddy bear on his legs.
“Ten Tiny Toes” by Caroline Jayne Church

Head, shoulders and 10 tiny toes. As you read, count the number of toes on the baby's feet together.

2. "Ten Little Ladybugs" (Ages 1-2)
Written by Melanie Gerth and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

Book cover of “Ten Little Ladybugs” written by Melanie Gerth and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
“Ten Little Ladybugs” written by Melanie Gerth and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

You can easily turn this counting book into a song. The repetition of the storyline will have your kids singing along as you count down from 10 to one.

3. "Count on Clifford" (Ages 2+)
By Norman Bridwell

Book cover of “Count on Clifford” by Norman Bridwell
“Count on Clifford” by Norman Bridwell

With big large numbers on the pages, children can count from one to 10 with their favorite big red dog, Clifford, as he celebrates a birthday party.

4. "Count Me In: A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish" (Ages 2-6)
Written by Cynthia Weill and illustrated with ceramics by the Aguilar Sisters: Guillermina, Josefina, Irene and Concepción

"Count Me In: A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish" (Ages 2-6)
Written by Cynthia Weill and illustrated with ceramics by the Aguilar Sisters: Guillermina, Josefina, Irene, and Concepción
"Count Me In: A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish," written by Cynthia Weill and illustrated with ceramics by the Aguilar Sisters: Guillermina, Josefina, Irene and Concepción

Join a Oaxacan parade to practice counting in English and Spanish from one to 10.

5. "Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish" (Ages 2-6)
Written by Cynthia Weill, featuring wood sculptures from Oaxaca by Quirino and Martín Santiago

"Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish" (Ages 2-6)
Written by Cynthia Weill, featuring wood sculptures from Oaxaca by Quirino and Martín Santiago
"Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish," written by Cynthia Weill, featuring wood sculptures from Oaxaca by Quirino and Martín Santiago

Learn the English and Spanish words for common opposites (like arriba y abajo for up and down) with the help of some intricately carved and painted wooden animal sculptures made by talented Oaxacan artisans.

6. "Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes" (Ages 3-5)
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra

"Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes" (Ages 3-5)
Written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra
"Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes" written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra

Discover the shapes and Spanish names for all kinds of items.

7. "Lia & Luís: Who Has More?" (Ages 3-6)
Written by Ana Crespo and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros

Cover of "Lia & Luis: Who Has More?" by Ana Crespo. It features illustrations of two small children eating snacks.
"Lia & Luis: Who Has More?" written by Ana Crespo and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros.

Learn how a little girl named Lia uses some clever math tools to show her brother how much they both really have using measurement and comparison.

8. "Not a Bean" (Ages 3-7)
Written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González

 Book cover of "Not a Bean" written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González featuring an illustration of a boy kneeling on the ground as he points at a Mexican jumping bean.
"Not a Bean" written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González

Take a trip to the desert to see how a Mexican jumping bean travels throughout the day and helps kids review counting one through 10.

9. "Too Many Tamales"/"¡Qué montón de tamales!" (Ages 4-8)

"Too Many Tamales" (Ages 4-8)
Written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez. Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada
"Too Many Tamales," written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez. Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

After a tamal-making session with her mother goes horribly wrong, María tries to solve a mystery wrapped in masa. This book is available in English and Spanish.

10. "How Big is a Million?" (Ages 5-6)
Written by Anna Milbourne and illustrated by Serena Riglietti

Book cover of “How Big is a Million?”written by Anna Milbourne and illustrated by Serena Riglietti. It is illustrated with a penguin on a snowy night.
How Big is a Million?”written by Anna Milbourne and illustrated by Serena Riglietti

Pipkin sets off to find out how big a million is. On his journey, he meets a new friend and counts to bigger and bigger numbers.

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