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Subtraction Facts Through 6

Books for Children and Families

The Bicycle Man
by Allen Say
Houghton 1982 (40p)
A picture book set in Japan that can be connected to addition, subtraction, and geometry.

Five Little Ducks
by Raffi
Crown 1989 (32p) also paper
A mother duck searches for her five ducklings as they disappear one by one in this song.

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 1991 (32p) also paper
As five monkeys fall out of a tree one by one, they learn it's best not to tease a crocodile.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 1989 (32p) also paper
Five mischievous monkeys fall off a bed in this counting book that also introduces subtraction concepts.

3 Pandas Planting: Counting Down to Help the Earth
by Megan Halsey
Simon 1994 (32p)
Counting down from twelve crocodiles to one elephant, animals are shown recycling, planting trees, and involved in other activities.

Benny's Pennies
by Pat Brisson
Dell paper 1995 (32p)
Benny spends his five pennies to buy something for everyone in his family.

Roll Over! A Counting Song
by Merle Peek
Clarion 1981 (32p) also paper
One by one, a boy's nine animal friends fall out of bed until the boy is left alone in this song that counts backwards.

Bea's Four Bears
by Martha Weston
Clarion 1992 (32p)
By the end of a busy day, Bea has gone from having four teddy bears to having none.

Have You Seen My Duckling?
by Nancy Tafuri
Greenwillow 1984 (24p) also paper
The story of a mother duck searching for one lost duckling explores missing-addend subtraction.

Books for Teacher Reference

Read Any Good Math Lately?
by David J. Whitin and Sandra Wilde
Heinemann 1992 (205p)
This resource helps teachers access and use children's books in the classroom for mathematical learning.

The Wonderful World of Mathematics
by Diane Thiessen and Margaret Mattias
NCTM 1992 (241p)
An annotated bibliography of children's books appropriate for developing math skills.

Picturing Math
by Carol Otis Hurst and Rebecca Otis
SRA Media 1996 (152p)
A variety of math concepts are introduced through the use of picture books for preschoolers through second graders.

It's the Story That Counts
by David J. Whitin and Sandra Wilde
Heinemann 1995 (224p)
The authors explain the importance of children's literature in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Connecting Mathematics Across the Curriculum
edited by Peggy A. House
NCTM 1995 (248p)
This volume emphasizes how math can be connected to subjects across the curriculum and to the everyday world.

Children's Traditional Games from 137 Countries and Cultures
by Judy Sierra and Robert Kaminski
The Oryx Press 1996 (232p)
Describes games from various cultures.

Jacks Around the World
by Mary D. Lankford
Morrow 1996 (40p)
A tour around the world illustrating various versions of jacks games and how to play them.

Math World Bibliography

The Games Treasury
by Merilyn Simonds Mohr
Chapters Publishing Ltd. 1993 (351 pp)
A summary of more than 300 indoor and outdoor games, including strategies, rules, and traditions.

The Multicultural Game Book
by Louise Orlando
Scholastic Professional Books 1993 (110 pp)
Descriptions of more than 70 traditional games from 30 countries.

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