7 Math Storybooks Every Child Should Read, No. 2: Quack and Count

No. 2: Quack and Count

Quack and Count Keith Baker

Quack and Count, by Keith Baker

Kids have an insatiable interest in story books and they love hearing the same stories again and again. Are you getting tired of some of the classics and looking for new additions to your child’s book list? We’re doing our summer math storybook series to suggest some books that are not only great reads but also illustrate some of the math concepts that are important for your early learners! We picked Quack and Count as the second book in our series of seven.

Read Quack and Count for fun filled math learning

Quack and Count by Keith Baker is the story of a group of seven ducks and their adventures. Full of detailed illustrations and narrated with clever rhymes, this story will keep your child’s attention. Even counting the ducks can be trickier than you expect as the ducks play hide and seek! But Baker’s book is not just about fun and games.

A great story for kindergartners and first graders, Quack and Count emphasizes certain basic mathematical principles. Baker moves the seven ducks into different groupings over each two-page spread. This use of addends emphasizes the concept that each number is more than just an amount; it is also made up of other numbers. This is a great introduction to the concepts that underlie addition.

After reading Quack and Count, try these fun math activities

Are you reading to a group? Try having the kids move around a little to keep their attention. Teach them the song Five Little Ducks Went Out to Play. Then choose six children to act out the song as the rest of the group sings the song. Another interactive activity that you can use with a group or an individual is to act the story out with little rubber ducks as you read it.

Want something more math oriented for slightly older children? Have them write out the math sentences being illustrated on each page of the book (such as 7 = 6 + 1). At the end, have the children write down their own number sentence that equals seven, possibly even using three addends. Then they can illustrate their equation with drawing of ducks or any other object that they want to use.

Have fun reading (and rereading) – you may have just found a new favorite book!