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Math on Display

When I started putting out some math books on the pink display cart in the Children’s Room, I was charmed by the variety and imagination of the books in the nonfiction math area (j 510-j 516). Parents often come in grimly looking for books to cure their children’s math deficiencies, but it seems to me that a child might be better served by having some of these books be part of their regular reading out loud with parents, and be in that stack of books you have sitting around the house just to attract interest (you do, don’t you?), from the beginning. For the littlest ones the concepts of arithmetic are so basic that there is no need to delay reading picture books that have math messages, and attractive nonfiction meant to teach, just for fun. Here is a tip for finding some of the many story picture books that feature math for the preschool crowd: in the Online Catalog, start an Advanced Search, choose Children’s Picture Book Collection, and try relevant terms: math, arithmetic, counting, numbers. –Barb Michener

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