Best Children's Books About Math

53 Children's Books About Math

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Ten Magic Butterflies book
#1
Ten Magic Butterflies
Written by Danica McKellar and illustrated by Jennifer Bricking
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Fairies, butterflies, and magic help to make this math-focused board book from the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Goodnight, Numbers" and star of "The Wonder Years" positively enchanting! Full color.

Baby Loves Coding book
#2
Baby Loves Coding
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book showcases the use of logic, sequence, and patterns to solve problems. Can Baby think like a coder to fix her train? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Ice Cream Summer book
#3
Ice Cream Summer
Written and illustrated by Peter Sis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer--but all his activities revolve around ice cream.

All of the Above book
#4
All of the Above
Written by Shelley Pearsall
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Now with a new cover! A heart-warming, transformational story about a motley group of kids whose lives are changed by a math teacher's challenge, written by award-winning author Shelley Pearsall with interior illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Javaka Steptoe. James Harris III, Rhondell, Sharice, and Marcel are four inner city students with a quest to build the world's largest tetrahedron. Weaving together their different personal stories, their teacher, and the community that surrounds them, award winning author Shelley Pearsall has written a vividly engaging story about math, life and good-tasting barbecue. Filled with unexpected humor, poignant characters and quiet brilliance, All of the Above is based on a true story. Bonus content includes a revised authors note with photos, resources, and more!

William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle book
#5
William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle
Written and illustrated by Bobbie Peers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Also published in English as: William Wenton and the luridium thief.

William Wenton and the Secret Portal book
#6
William Wenton and the Secret Portal
Written and illustrated by Bobbie Peers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

William Wenton is a code-breaking genius, but now he faces a new threat—one that’s lurking inside him—in the second book in the William Wenton series that School Library Journal calls “part Alex Rider, part Da Vinci Code for kids, and part Artemis Fowl.”

Crash! Boom! a Math Tale book
#7
Crash! Boom! a Math Tale
Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Chris Chatterton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

How do these blocks stack up? Gentle math concepts go down easy in this fun and accessible story for very young children by the esteemed Robie H. Harris. Elephant has a bucket of blocks and wants to build something tall. Something as tall as Elephant. But will it stay up? CRASH! BOOM! Not this time. Build it again? One block. Two blocks? Four blocks? It's still not as tall as Elephant. More blocks! Now will it stay up? Now will it be as tall as Elephant? Build, balance, count -- question, estimate, measure -- predict, crash, and build again! Young children will happily follow along as Elephant goes through the ups and downs of creating something new and finally celebrates the joy and pride of success.

Ada Lace and the Impossible Mission book
#8
Ada Lace and the Impossible Mission
Written by Tamson Weston, Emily Calandrelli and illustrated by Renee Kurilla
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

From Emily Calandrelli—Emmy-nominated host of Xploration Outer Space, correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World, and graduate of MIT—comes the fourth novel in a fun illustrated chapter book series about an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and solving mysteries with technology. Third grader and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace has a new social studies teacher—who loves group projects. While most of the class has constructed regular dioramas with clay and construction paper, Ada, her best friend Nina, and sometimes nemesis Milton have built a complex scale model of an historic silver mine. But when Milton reveals that he added his “old Milton touch” on their project right before turning it in, Ada worries that he has sabotaged their work. In a desperate attempt to save their project, Ada and Nina use their combined creative and technical prowess to perform a heist and break into their teacher’s supply closet after school. Do the two friends have what it takes to deceive the school’s security system? Or will they get caught trying to pull off this seemingly impossible mission.

Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon book
#9
Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Charlie is recruited to use his mathematical prowess to discover what happened to a box of stolen moon rocks in this follow up to Bringing Down the Mouse. The Kid: Charlie Lewis, a.k.a. Numbers. The smartest kids in sixth grade. Charlie sees the world as a series of math problems—ones that can be solved, if you know the right equations. The Team: The Whiz Kids. Charlie’s best friends are joining him undercover to recover missing moon rocks, which have disappeared from NASA’s vaults. The Target: Aerospace Infinity, the company owned by former astronaut Buzz Caldwell and hosting organization of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s paper airplane contest. Working together, the Whiz Kids must master the principles of aerodynamics, wind science, and gravity to win the contest to get closer to their target. The Catch: Nothing is ever as it seems, and Charlie suspects the mission is being led by someone who isn’t what she claims to be. And messing with the government could jeopardize their futures…

Absolutely One Thing book
#10
Absolutely One Thing
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Count on Absolutely One Thing for a singularly funny look at simple math as encountered by Charlie and Lola. Sometimes, as a treat, Mom takes Charlie and Lola to the store and says they may choose one thing. "One thing to share?" Lola asks. No, it’s one thing each, explains Charlie, or two actual things between two. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, and on the way, there are ladybugs and birds to count and maybe a squillion leaves on a tree. At the store, Lola says she’ll choose three things, or possibly two. "How about no things?" asks Mom. With Lola hilariously bending everyday numbers to her will, the math goes down easy in this charming picture book loaded with visual appeal.

Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers? book
#11
Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?
Written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A picture book biography of Ada Lovelace, the woman recognized today as history’s first computer programmer—she imagined them 100 years before they existed! In the early nineteenth century lived Ada Byron: a young girl with a wild and wonderful imagination. The daughter of internationally acclaimed poet Lord Byron, Ada was tutored in science and mathematics from a very early age. But Ada’s imagination was never meant to be tamed and, armed with the fundamentals of math and engineering, she came into her own as a woman of ideas—equal parts mathematician and philosopher. From her whimsical beginnings as a gifted child to her most sophisticated notes on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, this book celebrates the woman recognized today as the first computer programmer. A Christy Ottaviano Book

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 book
#12
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
Written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

The bold story of an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film "Hidden Figures, " and how she made sure that the crew of Apollo 13 returned home. Full color.

How to Build an Elf Trap book
#13
How to Build an Elf Trap
Written and illustrated by Larissa Juliano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Can you be the first to catch an elf? Catching elves is no easy task-you need more than candy canes and ribbons! You'll need the perfect trap with precise calculations and proper engineering-- and How to Build an Elf Trapcan help! What's inside? * 12 traps with step-by-step instructions sure to lure in your elf * STEAM Connections exploring the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics behind each activity * Yummy elf recipes * Exciting bonus activities * Plus space to design your very own trap! How to Build an Elf Trapgives you all the tools you'll need to create the perfect trap and put you in a elf-catching mood!

That's a Possibility! book
#14
That's a Possibility!
Written and illustrated by Bruce Goldstone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Combines colorful photographs and interactive examples in an introduction to the science and math of probability that provides comprehensive explanations about games of chance and various easy-to-understand scenarios. By the author of Great Estimations.

Quantum Information for Babies book
#15
Quantum Information for Babies
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by an expert, Quantum Information for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to one of the fastest-growing areas of technology research. Babies (and grownups!) will learn all about qubits, information systems, and more. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a quantum physicist! Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind.

100 First Words for Little Geniuses book
#16
100 First Words for Little Geniuses
Written by Tyler Jorden and illustrated by Kyle Kershner
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Are you a theoretical physicist? An engineer? A mathematician? Then of course your baby will be a genius too. But where to begin? Introducing 100 First Words for Little Geniuses, a brainy primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little geniuses are ready for quark, integral, and thermodynamics. From math to physics to philosophy, these are the words every budding genius needs in his or her vocabulary (even at the age of 2). Packed with fun illustrations and 100 words every genius baby should know, 100 First Words for Little Geniuses is the perfect board book for smart families everywhere.

ABCs of Engineering book
#17
ABCs of Engineering
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A new book in the bestselling series with simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind! The ABCs of Engineering introduces babies (and grown-ups!) to a new engineering concept for every letter of the alphabet - including entries for various aspects of engineering like mechanical, architectural, and beyond. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest mathematicians.

Statistical Physics for Babies book
#18
Statistical Physics for Babies
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by an expert, Statistical Physics for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the second law of thermodynamics. Babies (and grownups!) will learn all about entropy, probability, and more. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a scientist! Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind.

ABC's of Mathematics book
#19
ABC's of Mathematics
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest mathematicians! A is for Addition B is for Base C is for Chord From addition to zero, The ABCs of Mathematics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new math concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by an expert, each page in this mathematical primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little mathematician

Quantum Computing for Babies book
#20
Quantum Computing for Babies
Written by William Hurley, Chris Ferrie and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by experts, Quantum Computing for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the magical world of quantum computers. Babies (and grownups!) will discover the difference between bits and qubits and how quantum computers will change our future. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a quantum physicist! Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind.

Bringing Down the Mouse book
#21
Bringing Down the Mouse
Written by Ben Mezrich
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Charlie Lewis goes on a roller coaster ride of risk, math, and gaming in this middle grade novel that parallels the New York Times bestselling Bringing Down the House, which inspired the movie 21 with Kevin Spacey. Charlie Lewis is a nerd. All he’s ever been good at is math—and he’s really good at math. So good that he’s recruited by a group of kids determined to game the system at the biggest theme park in the world—and win the grand prize. Soon Charlie is caught up in the excitement and thrill of using his math skills for awesomeness…but what’s at stake may be more than he’s willing to risk. How far will Charlie go for a chance at the ultimate reward?

Ellie, Engineer book
#22
Ellie, Engineer
Written by Jackson Pearce
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A charming, hilarious illustrated middle grade about a girl who is an engineer--perfect creative, STEM-powered fun for girls who have interests in how things work. "Look out, Junie B. Jones! Ellie the engineer is thinking, making, creating, and showing enthusiasm and brilliance with her creations!" --School Library Connection Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can't wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit's birthday nears, Ellie doesn't know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit's mom talking about her present--the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don't get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet, all while keeping a secret from Kit? Illustrated with Ellie's sketches and plans, and including a fun how-to guide to tools, this is a STEM- and friendship-powered story full of fun!

Last to Finish, a Story about the Smartest Boy in Math Class book
#23
Last to Finish, a Story about the Smartest Boy in Math Class
Written by Barbara Esham and illustrated by Mike Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses is meant to demonstrate various forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Each book introduces a realistic example of triumph over difficulty in a positive, humorous way that readers of all ages will enjoy! Max is convinced he will never succeed at memorizing his multiplication facts. When it's time for a test, one by one, Max's classmates turn in their finished papers before the timer rings. Not Max. As soon as the teacher starts the timer, his heart begins to pound, his hands begin to sweat, and his brain freezes! He is always the last to finish...and sometimes the other kids tease him about it. Is Max the worst math student ever? This positive story is perfect for anyone who has ever struggled with learning by memorization. Readers of all ages will discover that struggles don't always mean you're bad at something, but that maybe you just learn differently from others. "Children and teachers alike will celebrate the message, conveyed poignantly in Last to Finish, that 'mathematics is much more than memorizing math facts and taking timed tests'...Esham richly captures the dilemma when one such youngster encounters difficulties with memorizing math facts but, in fact, is a deep thinker of mathematics just the same. The reader will discover that the solution is both true and simple." --Dr. Susan Baum, The College of New Rochelle Professor Emeritus, Gifted Education Praise for the series: "This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children." --Dr. Carol S. Dweck

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Dog book
#24
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Dog
Written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Eric Comstock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s puppy primping time! Watson the dog has an appointment at the Dirty Dog Salon at 4:15 P.M.—but no one can find him! Follow the clock as time runs out to find Watson the Dog in this third Charlie Piechart mystery. Spotting clues, from pink nail polish to cookie crumbs, Charlie and his pal Lewis are determined to get Watson to the groomers for his shampoo and haircut. Can they race against the clock and find him with enough time to make it on time? Complete with visual sidebars that illustrate the elapsing and remaining time, the third picture book mystery in the Charlie Piechart series is the perfect addition to any K-2 classroom or at-home library. Young math enthusiasts and time-keepers will adore this actioned-packed treat!

Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Engineering book
#25
Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Engineering
Written by Bob Cooper and illustrated by Greg Paprocki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An introductory primer for kids focusing on the "E" portion of "STEAM" engineering. With original Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci as inspiration, this exciting new volume in the Little Leonardo series introduces kids to many of the different types of engineering they can aspire to. Littles will learn how nine types of engineers design and build all sorts of things, from the tiny microcircuitry in your smartphone to large projects like dams and bridges that transform the very face of the planet. Part of the Little Leonardo's Fascinating World Series. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. He has illustrated several Curious George books, as well as the BabyLit alphabet books and The Big Book of Superheroes. Bob Cooper is a veteran editor whose twenty-year career has found him working on everything from comic books to art, architecture, and children's titles.

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