Mathematics and Young Children


This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse and other sources. Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Note that some videos may be viewed online, and journal titles will take you to the publisher’s homepage.

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Baby steps to STEM : infant and toddler science, technology, engineering, and math activities
Jean Barbe
Redleaf Press, 2017
This book provides fifty play-based developmentally appropriate activities for introducing STEM.
Call#: LB 1140.5.S35 B37 2017
Also available as an eBook 

Exploring math & science in preschool
Teaching Young Children
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2015
This book offers practical strategies and useful information on math and science, learning center ideas, engaging activities, practical suggestions that are easy to implement, ideas that support the development and learning of every preschooler.
Call#: LB 1140.2 .E98 2015

Exploring mathematics through play in the early childhood classroom
Amy Noelle Parks
Teachers College Press, 2015
This book provides teachers with an understanding of how math can be learned through play. Some sections of the book would be suitable for parents as well.
Call#: QA 135.6 .P378 2015

Fun and fundamental math for young children: building a strong foundation in PreK-grade 2
Marian, Small
Teachers College Press, 2018
This book includes many math activities for young children to practice and enhance their mathematical capabilities. While the main audience is teachers, parents could use this book as a resource to help their children too.
Call#: QA 135.6 .S5648 2018

Llama Llama Numbers
Anna Dewdney
Penguin Young Readers Group, 2021
This book follows the Llama Llama concept as the character helps his mom clean and count mess he makes.
Only available as an eBook 

Simple STEAM: 50+ science, technology, engineering, art, math activities for ages 3 to 6
Debby Mitchell
Gryphon House, Inc., 2018
This book details activities for parents to do with their children in STEAM topics.
Call#: LB 1139.5 .S35 F762 2018

Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Math
NAEYC, 2012
In this collection of articles form NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn how to help children develop, construct, use, and reflect o their mathematical understandings.
Call#: QA 1 .S77 2012

The Young Child and Mathematics
Juanita Copley
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2010
This book reflects recent developments in math education using vignettes from classrooms, activity ideas, and strategies for teaching young children about math processes and concepts. Incorporates standards and guidelines from NCTM and NAEYC.
Call#: QA 135.5 .C576 2010

Preschool Math Collection
The EIC has 10 collections of picture books on various mathematics topics including counting, shapes, patterns, sequencing and size. These picture book collections can be mailed to patrons in the state of Illinois. There is also a selection of hands on teaching materials (manipulatives) that can be borrowed however these are not mailed to patrons and must be picked up in person.


Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2013
In this video, experts from Erikson Institutes’ Early Mathematics Education Project discuss approaches to creating rich, developmentally appropriate math experiences for young children.
Call#: QA 135.6 .B8682 2012

Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-K: Part 1
STARnet Regions I & III, 2013
This video explores the importance of math activities to young children’s development and learning and ways in which activities can be approached.
Call#: QA 135.6 .M4626 2013

Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-K: Part 2
STARnet Regions I & III, 2013
This video continues to explore the importance of math activities to young children’s development and learning and ways in which activities can be approached. This is the second DVD about this topic.
Call#: QA 135.6 .M4627 2013


Erikson Early Math Collaborative
The goal of the Early Math Collaborative is to increase the quality of early math education by providing professional development for teachers, facilitators/trainers, and administrators; conducting research to generate new knowledge about approaches to teacher education, teacher development, and the most effective methods of mathematics instruction for young children; and by being a source of information on foundational mathematics – what it is, how it develops in children, and how best to teach it.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the world’s largest mathematics education association and advocates for high-quality mathematics teaching and learning for each and every student.

Development and Research in Early Math Education
The DREME network strives to advance the field of early mathematics research and improve young children’s opportunities to develop math skills.

Web Resources

Busy with Blocks (IEL)
This blog post describes the importance of block play for young children to gain hands-on experience with concepts and shapes. Also in Spanish.

Meaningful Math Activities in Preschool, Part 1
This StarNet video explains the five math content standards and what that looks like in a Pre-K classroom.

Meaningful Math Activities in Preschool, Part 2
This StarNet video presents information about the importance of Number Sense and how young children learn about quantification.

Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Math is Everywhere (IEL)
This tip sheet provides easy ways to keep young children engaged with math concepts while waiting. Also available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, and French.