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Easy as 1, 2, 3








We’re returning to these resources with my 5-year-old. The books, films, and games listed here help develop number recognition, counting skills, and an understanding of basic mathematical operations. We use these stories in conjunction with coins, clocks, and small objects so early numeracy lessons are a balance between books and more tactile experiences. All of these skills build on years of counting and clapping songs to work toward a lifetime of mathematical literacy!

  1. Watch Sesame Street’s 1 2 3 Count with Me
  2. 1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker
  3. 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam and Bernie Karlin
  4. 100 Snowmen by Jen Arena and Stephen Gilpin
  5. 101 Dalmatians: A Counting Book by Fran Manushkin and Russell Hicks
  6. Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno
  7. Anno’s Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno
  8. Watch Scholastic’s Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and More Stories about Counting
  9. CountaBlock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo
  10. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  11. Watch Sesame Street’s Counting with Elmo
  12. The Crayons’ Book of Numbers by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  13. Play Learning Resources’ Dino Math Tracks
  14. Hello Kitty Hello Numbers! by Higashi Glaser
  15. How Much Is a Million? by David Schwartz and Steven Kellogg
  16. I Spy Numbers by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  17. Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon
  18. One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare Beaton
  19. Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
  20. The Three Little Pigs Count to 100 by Grace Maccarone and Pistacchio
  21. Play Mattel’s UNO

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An Epic Adventure in Greece








Our unit study of Greece turned out to be a long one because there are so many great stories out there. While I started with and wanted to include some contemporary stories about Greece, my children were enthralled by the mythological tales. This list is a mix of modern and mythological, with more emphasis on the latter, though there’s a bit of science, math, and geography in here too. I always feel that a list has been successful when my children incorporate it into their play, and even after finishing this one, my younger daughter still runs around the yard shouting “I have the strength of Hercules!” Our captivation with these stories from a place rich in history and culture speaks to the enduring strength of Greece.

  1. The Adventures of Bella & Harry: Let’s Visit Athens by Lisa Manzione and Kristine Lucco
  2. Aesop’s Fables illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
  3. Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Osborne
  4. Be Patient, Pandora! by Joan Holub and Leslie Patricelli
  5. The Best Book of Ancient Greece by Belinda Weber
  6. Christmas in Greece by World Book
  7. Color Crayola’s Greek Flag
  8. Count Your Way through Greece by Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson, and Janice Lee Porter
  9. Cupid and Psyche by M. Charlotte Craft and K. Y. Craft
  10. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  11. Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer and Josée Masse
  12. Favorite Greek Myths by Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell
  13. The First Marathon: The Legend of Pheidippides by Susan Reynolds and Daniel Minter
  14. The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki
  15. Greece by C.I.A. World Factbook
  16. Hercules by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colón
  17. The Hero and the Minotaur: The Fantastic Adventures of Theseus by Robert Byrd
  18. Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca
  19. I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein
  20. I Have an Olive Tree by Eve Bunting by Karen Barbour
  21. The Iliad by Gillian Cross and Neil Packer
  22. King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft and K.Y. Craft
  23. The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky and Kevin Hawkes
  24. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  25. Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz, Amy Shrodes, and Sue Cornelison
  26. The Odyssey by Homer and Manuela Adreani
  27. The Odyssey by Gillian Cross and Neil Packer
  28. The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony Manna, Soula Mitkakidou, and Giselle Potter
  29. Pandora by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colón
  30. Pegasus by Marianna Mayer and K.Y. Craft
  31. Pegasus, the Flying Horse by Jane Yolen and Li Ming
  32. Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business: Lively Lessons from Aesop’s Fables by Christopher Wormel
  33. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale by Anthony Manna, Christodoula Mitakidou, and Giselle Potter
  34. Mythological Monsters of Ancient Greece by Sara Fanelli
  35. The Pomegranate Seeds by Laura Geringer and Leonid Gore
  36. The Rabbit and the Turtle by Eric Carle
  37. Watch Rick Steves’ Greece & Turkey
  38. This is Greece by M. Sasek
  39. The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little and Michael Eagle
  40. Usborne Greek Myths for Young Children by Heather Amery and Linda Edwards
  41. What’s Your Angle Pythagoras? A Math Adventure by Julie Ellis and Phyllis Hornung
  42. Who Was Alexander the Great? by Kathryn Waterfield and Robin Waterfield