Math for Preschoolers

Shel Silverstein
Rhymed text tells a hypothetical story about a Giraffe, and the many things that could happen to this giraffe...IF. The poems starts with "If you had a giraffe..." and continues by building along these lines with all sorts of different "ifs" and their conclusions.
Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable (illustrator)
Peppy rhymes, goofy illustrations, and kid-friendly examples make pattern practice fun!
Mitsumasa Anno
A counting book depicting the growth in a village and surrounding countryside during twelve months.
Lois Ehlert
The rooster, dog, sheep, cow, pig, and other animals on a farm are made up of colorful shapes such as square, circle, rectangle, and triangle. Features die-cut pages.
Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Cybèle Young
Ten birds are trying to figure out how to get to the other side of the river. Will the simplest solution be the best?
Dr. Seuss
At first, Bartholomew Cubbins had just one hat, but when the King ordered him to take it off, he found that he cound not--each time there was another on his head.
Janet and Allan Ahlberg
A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Three Bears. Each letter may be removed from its envelope page and read separately.
John Burningham
On his way home from a quick trip to the store, Steven encounters several marauding animals ready to relieve him of his goods.
Pat Hutchins
Nothing Titch owned amounted to much except the smallest thing of all--a seed.
Pat Hutchins
Nothing Titch owned amounted to much except the smallest thing of all--a seed.
Ruby Dee; Susan Meddaugh (illustrator)
A retelling of a traditional Liberian tale in which King Leopard invites all the animals to a spear-throwing contest whose winner will marry his daughter and succeed him as king.
James Skofield, James Hale (illustrator)
A little boy and his father go for a walk and find circular shapes in everything they see and do.
Pat Hutchins
One hunter walks through the forest observed first by two elephants, then by three giraffes, etc.
Jan Ormerod
Playful, action-filled illustrations, laid out in comic book-style panels, show a girl and her parents spending a day with the new baby.
Margaret Mahy; Patricia MacCarthy (illustrator)
Seventeen kings and forty-two elephants romp with a variety of jungle animals during their journey through a wild, wet night.
Mirra Ginsburg, Nancy Tafuri (illustrator)
A hen and three chicks are saved from a bad dream by a duck and three ducklings.
Judith Viorst
Although Alexander and his money are quickly parted, he comes to realize all the things that can be done with a dollar.
Esphyr Slobodkina
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.
Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.
Lois Ehlert
Introduces colors and shapes with illustrations of shapes on die-cut pages that form animal faces when placed on top of one another.
Bruce McMillan
Food is cut into halves, quarters, and thirds to illustrate how parts make a whole. Simple recipes included.
Cathryn Falwell
Numbers from one to ten are used to tell how members of a family shop and work together to prepare a meal.
Lois Ehlert
A counting book depicting the colorful fish a child might see if he turned into a fish himself.
Roberta Edwards
In this delightful variation of the old tale, five fishermen spend the day fishing, and before going home, decide to count to make sure one of them has not drowned during the day.
James Marshall
A retelling of the adventures of a nosy, naughty, and sassy little girl who finds the house of the three bears and helps herself to their belongings.
Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker (illustrator)
Grandfather tells a story about shape-changing fox fairies who try to best each other until a hunter brings danger to both of them.
Mem Fox
Hattie, a big black hen, discovers a fox in the bushes, which creates varying reactions in the other barnyard animals.
David M. Schwartz ; Steven Kellogg (illustrator)
Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualization of a million, a billion, and a trillion.
Judith Viorst, Arnold Lobel (illustrator)
A little brother thinks of the ways he will someday get revenge on his older brother.
Leo Lionni
A small green inchworm is proud of his skill at measuring anything, a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak. Then one day a nightingale threatens to eat him if he cannot measure his song.
Steven Kellogg
A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where he uses his quick wits to outsmart a giant and make his and his mother's fortune.
Ed Young
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
Loreen Leedy
Lisa learns about the mathematics of measuring by measuring her dog Penny with all sorts of units, including pounds, inches, dog biscuits, and cotton swabs.
Nancy Hogrogian
After the old woman cuts off his tail when he steals her milk, the fox must go through a long series of transactions before she will sew it back on again.
Jane Yolen
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
Trudy Harris, Anne Canevari Green (illustrator)
David McPhail
Pigs galore invade a house and have a wonderful party.
Fred Gwynne
Not satisfied being a frog, Pondlarker seeks a princess' kiss to fulfill his princely ambitions.
Eric Carle
A simple introduction to the meaning of numbers and sets as a rooster, on his way to see the world, is joined by fourteen animals along the way.
Pat Hutchins
Although unaware that a fox is after her as she takes a walk around the farmyard, Rosie the hen still manages to lead him into one accident after another.
Alice McLerran; Barbara Cooney (illustrator)
A hill covered with rocks and wooden boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends.
Lisa Campbell Ernst
While mending the awning over the pig pen, Sam discovers that he enjoys sewing the various patches together but meets with scorn and ridicule when he asks his wife if he could join her quilting club.
Deborah Hopkinson
A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North.
Donald Crews
A counting book which shows what can be done with ten black dots--one can make a sun, two a fox's eyes, or eight the wheels of a train.
Molly Bang
Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby which observes the room of a little girl going to bed.
Ann Jonas
A young girl follows thirteen clues to a surprise.
Pat Hutchins
Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.
Pat Hutchins
Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.
Demi
When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.
Eric Carle
A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.
Jan Brett
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
Molly Bang
A mysterious man enters a restaurant and pays for his dinner with a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances.
Margaret Mahy
Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities.
A. Wolf; as told to Jon Scieszka; Lane Smith (illustrator)
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
Eric Carle
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.
Ann Grifalconi.
A grandmother explains to her listeners why in their village on the side of a volcano the men live in square houses and the women in round ones.
Donna Jo Napoli ; Anna Currey (illustrator)
When four siblings wish on a star, each gets only a fraction of what he or she wanted, but when they combine their wishes, they just might get a whole new pet.
Crescent Dragonwagon ; Isadore Seltzer (illustrator)
In this story told in cumulative verse, Glenda prepares a delicious meal for Ned which is quickly devoured by several hungry guests. JE Fic Dra
Patricia Polacco
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
Pamela Allen
The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.
Pamela Allen
The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.
Lyn Littlefield Hoopes ; Stephen Gammell (illustrator )
Jack's efforts to free his toy wing-a-ding from the branches of a tree soon involve the increasingly outrageous efforts of friends, neighbors, and passersby.