top of page

Math Themes

Updated: Dec 10, 2018

Below is a list of math related themes to consider for the classroom or library. These themes can be used for an entire storytime, a mini lesson, or combined with another theme. Book suggestions are included!

Beginner's Concepts



Big vs Small; Greater than, Less than, & Equal to

Shapes & Geometry:

Circle & Sphere; Rectangle & Square; Symmetry; Triangles; Patterns; Lines

Math & Numbers Themes


Special Numbers:

0; 1; 2; 3; 5; 10; 100; 1,000; 1 million; infinity


Counting; Adding; Subtracting; Division by 2 (Halfing)

Life Applications: Time; Cooking & Measuring; Weighing & Size; Money

Even & Odd Numbers

Counting in Spanish

Authors & Characters Math Themes


Pete the Cat: Math is Groovy

PtC & His Four Groovy Buttons, PtC's Got Class, PtC & the Missing Cupcakes

Creature Math With Eric Carle

The Grouchy Ladybug; 1, 2, 3 To the Zoo; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Rooster's Off to See the World

Mac Barnett's Shape Trilogy

Triangle, Circle, & Square

Sandra Boynton's Counting Board Books For Lil Ones

Hippos Go Berserk!; One, Two, Three!; Fifteen Animals!; Doggies

Seasonal & Subject Math Themes


Math Under the Sea

Fish Eyes; Deep Within the Ocean; Ocean Counting (Odd Numbers); Pattern Fish; One Giant Splash; The Three Little Fish & The Big Bad Shark; Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea; Ten Little Fish; The Blue Whale; I'm the Biggest Thing In the Ocean!; One Lonely Fish: A Counting Book With Bite!; Five Little Fishes

Wild Numbers in the Jungle

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3; Two Ways to Count to Ten; Count the Monkeys; Counting Crocodiles; Eight Silly Monkeys; Ten Sly Piranhas; Wild About Shapes

Spring into Math: Gardens & Bugs

Counting in the Garden; Lots of Ladybugs!; How Many Snails?; Flowers & Showers: A Spring Counting Book; Pattern Bugs; Countdown to Spring!; Counting With Ladybug; Ten Little Caterpillars; Over In the Meadow; Cleo's Counting Book; One Mole Digging a Hole; The Twelve Days of Springtime; One Hundred Hungry Ants; The Ants Go Marching

Cooking Up Tasty Math

Spaghetti & Meatballs For All; Pizza Counting; The Sundae Scoop; Pigs in the Pantry; Feast For 10; Seaweed Soup; Just Enough Carrots; Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!; 1 Big Salad; Garden Safari Vegetable Soup; From the Garden: A Counting Book About Growing Food

Fisher & Sneed's Math Days

My Even Day, One Odd Day, My Half Day

Chilly Winter Math

Missing Mittens; The Twelve Days of Winter; Five Little Penguins Slipping On the Ice; Lemonade in the Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money; Pete the Cat 12 Groovy Days of Christmas

Smart Saving & Spending

If You Made a Million; Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday; Once Upon a Dime; One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library); The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense; The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money; Bunny Money (Max & Ruby); Money, Money, Honey Bunny!; My Granny Went to Market; Lemonade in the Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

Summertime Math

Toasty Toes, One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab; Equal Shmequal; Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure; Bears At the Beach: Counting 10 to 20; Seaweed Soup; Super Sand Castle Saturday

Barnyard Math

Double the Ducks; Whole-ly Cow!: Fractions Are Fun; Potato Joe; Eggs and Legs; One Little Chicken: A Counting Book; Horse and Hen Count to Ten; Big Fat Hen; 20 Hungry Piggies: A Number Book; Counting Cows; Rosie's Walk; When Sheep Cannot Sleep

Too Many Birds

Counting Crows; Quack & Count; 365 Penguins; Quack Quack, Come Back; A House For Birdie; One Chicky, Two Chicky; Count Your Chickens; Ducks Away!

Measurements & Size

Inch By Inch; Counting On Frank; Inchworm & a Half; Millions to Measure; How Big Is A Foot?; Who Sank the Boat; Balancing Act

Dinosaur Math

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs; Shape By Shape (Dino Shapes); How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?; How High Can a Dinosaur Count?; Counting Dinosaurs; Ten Tiny Dinosaurs

Do the Monster Math

Monster Math; Monster Musical Chairs; Go Away, Big Green Monster!; The Counting Monster Book; How Many Monsters?; One Hungry Monster; 10 Little Monsters; Too Many Monsters!; My Very Silly Monster 123s

It's About Time

I.Q., It's Time; A Second Is a Hiccup; The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock; It's About Time; The Clock Struck One; What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile?

Building & Construction

Jack the Builder; When I Build With Blocks; Construction Countdown; Push! Dig! Scoop!; Billions Of Bricks; The Little Blue Digger & the Strongest Truck

Musical Math

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin; The Shape Song Swingalong; Counting Cows; Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown; Knick Knack Paddy Whack; The Ants Go Marching

Math On the Go!

123 New York: A Cool Counting Book; On the Launch Pad; Race Car Count; Twenty Big Trucks In the Middle Of the Street; Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom!; Construction Countdown; All Aboard for the Bobo Road

Countdown to Bedtime

Goodnight Moon 123; Roll Over!: A Counting Song; Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed; Ten, Nine, Eight; Rabbit's Pajama Party; When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book; Goodnight, Numbers!; There Were Ten In the Bed


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page