Coding Concepts for Little Learners

Can you believe that, “preschoolers ask an average of 76 information seeking questions per hour?” Per research in The Roots of STEM Success and other studies we know our little learners’ brains are reading to grow! Encourage STEM thinking with these books that support early math and precoding skills. Through guided play, robust parent-child interactions and open-ended questions our preschoolers learn by playing together with the caring adults in their lives. Children learn through play and we develop our early learning STEM programs with this research in mind. The books below selected by our children’s STEM committee feature early math concepts like patterns, repetition, counting and sorting and they’ll help get preschoolers ready to be the next tinkerers, makers and problem solvers—but mostly they’re just fun to read. Explore and enjoy.

Baby Goes to Market

Baby and his doting mama go to a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace in this introduction to numbers.

Different? Same!

Explains what patterns are, how they vary, and why they are useful to people.

I Know Numbers!

A picture book that introduces the concept of numbers, and different ways that numbers are used in the world

My First Book of Patterns

Stripes, polka dots, plaid, chevron, and more are featured in this patterns concept book that provides readers with the vocabulary to name what they see in the world around them. Includes fold-out pages.

Pattern Fish

Illustrations and rhyming text describe various patterns depicted by different fish. Includes related activities.


One Duck Stuck

In this counting book, increasingly larger groups of animals try to help a duck that is stuck in the sleepy, slimy marsh.

Edible Numbers

Count from 1 to 12 in this book of edible numbers.