Linking mathematics to literacy and other areas strengthens both. Most good mathematics activities also develop language and vocabulary. For example, when children are lining up, teachers can build in many opportunities to develop an understanding of mathematics. Children wearing something red can be asked to get in line first, those wearing blue to get in line second, and so on. Or, children wearing both something red and sneakers can be asked to head up the line.
 Understanding stories involves mathematical understandings, such as conditionals (if/then), classification, patterning, order, and number. Think of the numbers, size relationships, sequences, and repetitious patterns in "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and other favorite stories. It's no wonder that research shows that early mathematics experiences, especially geometric ones, result in later improvements in language and literacy, as well as general intelligence.
 Here are some books you can use to teach math creatively in your classroom:
  • 1 Hunter by Pat Hutchins (William Morrow, 1986; $16.95)
  • Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno (HarperCollins, 1992; $22.99)
  • Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt (Scott Foresman, 1998; $5.95)
  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert (HarperCollins, 1992; $7.99)
  • Count and See by Tana Hoban (Simon & Schuster, 1972; $17)
  • Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt, 2001; $6.95)
  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (Scott Foresman, 1996; $7.99)
  • How Many Bugs in a Box? by David A. Carter (Little Simon, 1988; $13.95)
  • How Many Snails? by Paul Giganti, Jr. (Scott Foresman, 1994; $5.95)
  • I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art by Lucy Micklethwait (Mulberry, 1998; $10.99)
  • The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta (Charlesbridge, 1992; $16.95)
  • Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni (Scott Foresman, 1995; $5.99)
  • My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle. (HarperCollins, 1985; $4.95)
  • On the Stairs by Julie Hofstrand Larios (Front Street, 1999; $15.95).
  • One Was Johnny by Maurice Sendak (HaperCollins, 1991; $5.99)
  • Over,Under and Through and Other Spatial Concepts by Tana Hoban. (Simon & Schuster, 1973; $17)
  • The Right Number of Elephants by Jeff Sheppard (HarperCollins, 1992; $6.99)
  • The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds (Scott Foresman, 1996; $5.99)
  • Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews (William Morrow, 1986; $15.99)
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang (Tupelo, 1998; $6.99)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. (Scholastic Inc, $5.95)