Used Any Numbers Lately? is a math-readiness book, emphasizing awareness of numbers in the everyday world. It’s got a fun little twist, in that it’s arranged as an alphabet book as well – each letter of the alphabet showing one place you can find a number. For example,
A Apartment number
B Bus number
And so on. Each of the items is well-chosen to be familiar to most children, with the exception of X. How many preschoolers are going to have seen an algebraic equation?
I like the concept behind the book. Pointing out to children all the ways in which we use numbers builds a fundamental awareness necessary for later success in math. Hopefully, Used Any Numbers Lately? will inspire you and your and child to notice and talk about the numbers you see throughout the day.
I suggest this book is most appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. To extend it for older children, the illustrator has included “other” numbers in each picture – so the picture of the “bus number” also includes a number on a sports jersey – for an “I Spy” sort of game.
The illustrations are nice enough, if perhaps a touch too detailed. There is not much text, so cadence isn’t an issue at all. It’s probably not a book your children will beg to read again, but it is one you can pull out again and again, to reinforce the concepts.
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Used Any Numbers Lately? by Susan Allen and Jane Lindaman, illustrated by Vicky Enright. Millbrook Press, 2008.