How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.  ~Zall’s Second Law

Your kids will respond to my top 15 picture books for learning about time.

The Clock Struck One : A Time-Telling Tale.  Trudy Harris.  Millbrook Press, 2009.
This expanded  “Hickory Dickory Dock” nursery rhyme takes kids on a romp where a cat, followed by other animals, chases the mouse up the clock until midnight, when everyone falls asleep.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

All in One Hour. Susan Stevens Crummel.  Marshall Cavendish, 2003.
This rhyming, cumulative story takes place in one hour, between 6:00 am and 7:00 am.  A mouse awakens a cat and so begins the chase which crashes into a fruit and vegetable stand.  Digital time is shown in the text, but every illustration has a traditional clock face.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Calendar.  Myra Cohn Livingston.  Holiday House, 2007.
Lovely acrylic and collage illustrations accompany this simple poem about the months of the year.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Clockwise : A Time-Telling Tale.  Sara Pinto.  Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2006.
Thomas wants to help his family who is always late.  A clockmaker gives him a special clock and helps him learn to tell time. Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Cookie’s Week.  Cindy Ward.  Penguin Putnam, 1997.
Cookie the cat finds mischief every day of the week.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

I.Q., It’s Time. Mary Ann Fraser.  Walker and Company, 2005.
A digital clock on each page helps I.Q. share the story of how the class get’s ready for Parents’ Night.  The students in Mrs. Furber’s class are learning about seconds, minutes and hours.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

It’s About Time.  Stuart J. Murphy.  HarperCollins, 2005.
Each page shows a digital and analog clock in this story of a young boy’s day, including a long night of dreams.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

It’s Justin Time, Amber Brown.  Paula Danziger.  Puffin, 2001.
Amber Brown loves to measure time and wants a watch for her 7th birthday.
Beginning Reader.
Read-aloud 1st-2nd grade


Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time.  Steve Jenkins.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
A thought provoking way of looking at increments of time: second, minute, hour, day.week, month, year.  Seconds, minutes and hours were invented by ancient Babylonians and Egyptians and are not based on any cycle in nature.  He provides fascinating examples of what happens in each increment of time.  Math, science and history all rolled into one attractive book.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


Me Counting Time : From Seconds to Centuries.  Joan Sweeney.  Dragonfly Books, 2000.
A girl who is almost seven, introduces the measurements of time by using examples from her life.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-2nd grade

Mr. Ouchy’s First Day.  B.G. Hennessy.  Putnam’s, 2006.
First time teacher, Mr. Ouchy, has some of the same worries and fears as his students about the first day of school.  There is a good section on the meaning and length of a minute.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-2nd grade

Rodeo Time.  Stuart J. Murphy.  HarperCollins, 2006.
Kate and Cameron are helping their uncle at the rodeo.  They learn to make schedules so they can both help out and watch the events.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-3rd grade

A Second is a Hiccup : A Child’s Book of Time.  Hazel Hutchins.  Scholastic, 2004.
Rhyming text gives child friendly examples of units of time from a second to a year.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Telling Time with Big Mama Cat.  Dan Harper.  Harcourt Brace, 1998.
Big Mama Cat takes us through her daily schedule.  The book has a clock face with movable hands.  Barry and Cara Moser’s paintings are priceless and capture the cat’s personality.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Time is When.  Beth Gleick.  Tundra Books, 2008.
This easy reader explains the concept of time from one second to one year, with examples young children can relate to.  Easy Reader.
K-2nd grade

Today is Monday.  Eric Carle.  Philomel, 1993.
Animals act out the lyrics to the song, each eating a different food.  “all the hungry children” have a feast at the end of the book.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade
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