These 10 books about telling time make teaching and learning how to tell time more fun! Use these books as read alouds in your classroom as an additional resource in your telling time unit.
Books about telling time
Help your students learn to tell time with these 10 books about telling time.
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by Hazel Hutchins
In A Second is a Hiccup, students will learn about all units of time in relatable, child-friendly terms. For example, a second is the amount of time it takes to jump rope once, or to turn around. A minute is enough time to sing a song. The text follows this pattern to tell about the length of time in a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, and year.
by Mary Ann Fraser
It’s Parent’s Night in Mrs. Furber’s class, and I.Q., the class mouse, wants to complete a display by 7:00. Throughout the day, the class learns about how to tell time using clocks, watches, and stopwatches. This story helps with teaching about telling time, and it also touches on the topic of time management.
by Joan Sweeney
Me Counting Time is a great introduction to the various units of time. In this story, a young boy is getting ready to celebrate a birthday. As he counts how many years old he is, he breaks down the different units of time and the everyday examples of what can happen in the various amounts of time.
by Robert E. Wells
What is time? How was it measured before clocks? This story gives a child-friendly introduction to the concept of time and the history of telling time. How Do You Know What Time It Is? is a fantastic read aloud option because unlike other books about telling time, it explores the importance of the abstract concept of time in our lives.
by Stuart J. Murphy
This book from the MathStart series provides an easy introduction to the skill of telling time by exploring the things that happen in a 24-hour day. It’s About Time will help students with telling time to the hour through vivid pictures and simplistic text.
Books About Telling Time for Younger Kids
by Trudy Harris
In this playful extension of the nursery rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock”, a cat chases a mouse through the hours of the day. There are both digital and analog clocks on each page of this enjoyable story. The Clock Struck One is an excellent read aloud to introduce the concept of clocks and telling time.
by Eric Carle
Between Eric Carle’s amazing illustrations and the helpful lessons throughout this book, you and your students will love The Grouchy Ladybug. Readers will take a journey with the Grouchy Ladybug as they learn key concepts like time, shape, size, and the importance of manners, friendship, and kindness. The clocks and times referenced throughout the story make this book a helpful support for lessons on telling time.
by Stuart J. Murphy
Game Time builds excitement and energy as readers learn about two soccer teams about to battle in a championship match. Designed to teach about time, this book delves into all sorts of time units, including quarter hours and half hours. If you’re looking for books about telling time for older elementary students, this is a great option for 2nd grade and up.
by Kathryn Heling
Midnight Fright is a super fun and interactive read aloud book that allows readers to move the hands of a clock to match the hour on each page. The story tells about activities happening during Halloween night in a town. Through rhyming, rhythm, and a fun story, this magical tale will get students engaged while learning how to tell time.
by Dan Harper
Big Mama Cat knows how to tell time so she can keep track of her busy schedule that includes napping, eating, and stretching. Humor is captured in both the text and illustrations of this clever story. Readers can even move the hands of the clock included in the book to match the times cited in the text.
More Resources to Teach About Telling Time
If you’re looking for fun, effective, and engaging telling time activities, check out my What Does the Clock Say? telling time resource! This mini unit includes everything you need to teach your students about telling time in an exciting way.
This resource includes lesson plans with teacher notes, 9 interactive digital games on Google Slides, small group and partner activities, an interactive clock anchor chart, practice activity booklets, a writing craft, and more!
Click HERE to get the telling time teaching resource.
I hope these read aloud books about telling time help to keep your students engaged and learning!
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