Best Kids Books About Math

25 Kids Books About Math

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Ice Cream Summer book
#1
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.

Ada's Ideas book
#2
Ada's Ideas
Written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Dog book
#3
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!

Crash! Boom! a Math Tale book
#4
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.

Absolutely One Thing book
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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.

Last to Finish, a Story about the Smartest Boy in Math Class book
#10
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

Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Engineering book
#11
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.

Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Math book
#12
Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Math
Written by Bob Cooper and illustrated by Greg Paprocki, Bob Cooper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Introduces kids to many of the basic concepts of mathematics, including their connection with so many things in our everyday lives."--Back cover.

Ada Lovelace book
#13
Ada Lovelace
Written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Ada Lovelace, the British mathematician and daughter of poet Lord Byron. New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the colourful life of Lord Byron’s daughter, from her early love of logic, to her plans for the world's first computer program. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

100 Snowmen book
#14
100 Snowmen
Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

1 + 1 = 2 snowmen. 3 + 4 = 7 snowmen. 5 + 6 = 11 snowmen. Finally, 100 snowmen! As you count and add, watch the snowmen enjoy a snowball fight, make funny faces, play hide-and-seek— and just plain have fun. And you’ll have fun, too!

Dinner at the Panda Palace book
#15
Dinner at the Panda Palace
Written by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dinner at the Panda Palace! In this charming counting book, perfect for back to school, children will learn the importance of inclusion. Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf, and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bound, and bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal. But when the restaurant is totally full, will Panda make room for one more guest?

100 Bugs! A Counting Book book
#16
100 Bugs! A Counting Book
Written by Kate Narita and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A boy and girl find and count 100 different bugs in their backyard in increments of ten.

What in the World? book
#17
What in the World?
Written by Nancy Raines Day and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Discover nature by the numbers in this gorgeous, innovative counting book. The natural world is full of sets of numbers: from birds’ wings in twos and clover leaves in threes to deer hooves in fours and octopus arms in eights. This book uses playful rhyming text to explore these numerical sets in vibrant detail, ending with the stars in the sky—a number set too big to count!

Which One Doesn't Belong? book
#18
Which One Doesn't Belong?
Written and illustrated by Christopher Danielson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is not your typical shapes book. This introducti on to geometry and mathemati cal thinking will excite young readers and make math a part of their everyday lives. Celebrated math educator Christopher Danielson encourages inquiry and criti cal thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversati ons by asking which shape in each group does not belong. There’s no one right answer—the important thing is to have a reason why. Kids might describe the shapes as squished, smooshed, dented, or even goofy. But when they justi fy their thinking, they’re talking math!

Snowman - Cold = Puddle book
#19
Snowman - Cold = Puddle
Written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Micha Archer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Math is all around us, and in this clever and enlightening picture book, readers see how math, nature, and poetry intermingle and collaborate . . . well, naturally. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the ordinary and see the miraculous. Can you look at an egg in a nest and see a jewelry box? How are sunlight and heat like an alarm clock? Engaging sidebars reveal the science behind the signs of spring.

Bug book
#20
Bug
Written by Robin Koontz and illustrated by Amy Proud
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bug is a quirky little girl who's mad about insects and drawing . . . and hates arithmetic. But when her teacher promises the class a field trip if everyone does well on their math test, Bug knows she HAS to pass. This humorous story shows kids that there are many ways to find the correct answer--if you use your imagination and count on the things you love.

How to Be on the Moon book
#21
How to Be on the Moon
Written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In the follow-up to How to Find Gold, best friends Anna and Crocodile are going on another intrepid adventure -- this time, to the moon. It's almost impossible to get to the moon. It's out in space, which is dark and empty, and it's very far away. If Anna and Crocodile are going to make it to the moon, they'll need some special skills, like being able to do math and having a lot of patience. They'll also need to build a rocket. Not to mention the sandwiches for the journey. Luckily, when Anna and Crocodile put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. Full of the same cheerful charm that made How to Find Gold so endearing, Viviane Schwarz's pitch-perfect text and wonderfully colorful illustrations launch this story off the page in a true celebration of curiosity and the magic of imaginative play.

Spend It! book
#22
Spend It!
Written and illustrated by Cinders McLeod
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A charming introduction to simple money concepts in which a bunny learns he can’t buy everything he wants with his allowance! Sonny gets three whole carrots a week for his allowance and wants to buy everything with it! But he soon discovers his money won’t go that far, and his mom tells him he needs to make some choices. That doesn’t sound like much fun to Sonny, especially when he learns that the bouncy castle he’s been eyeing goes for ONE HUNDRED carrots. Ridiculous! But eventually, after a little math and a little more thinking, he has a blast discovering what’s really important to him and worth spending his carrots on.

What's the Matter with the Three Little Pigs? book
#23
What's the Matter with the Three Little Pigs?
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Jomike Tejido
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

What's the matter with the three little pigs? They're being tormented by a hungry wolf! And no matter what kind of matter they use to build their homes, it doesn't matter. The STEM-savvy, rhyme-loving wolf in this fractured fairy tale always seems to spoil the day. A glossary and critical thinking questions support the story's physics content.

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing book
#24
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing
Written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Lucy Knisley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A true story from one of the Women of NASA! Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed. Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.

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

An introductory primer for kids focusing on the "T" portion of "STEAM" the ever-changing area of Technology. With original Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci as inspiration, this fascinating new volume in the Little Leonardo series introduces kids to the wonders of technology and the people who create it. Learn how nine fields of technology are present in nearly every aspect of our lives. From the invention of the wheel several thousand years ago to the increasing miniaturization of our computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices, we've always been looking for new ways technology can make our lives easier. 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 for Gibbs Smith. 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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