**Math in Children's Literature**

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**Latest Update: March 8, 2014**I try to update the following list of Math Books for Kids on a regular basis. You can always access it from the link at the top of the home page.

**Why Do I Keep Up This List?**1. I'm addicted to math-related children's books.

2. I teach continuing education courses utilizing this list and many of these books.

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*Most importantly, if you're interested in purchasing any of these books through Amazon, all commissions go toward foster care in China through Grace and Hope at no additional cost to you.*I do not keep any money myself. Thank you for making a difference in children's lives! I've provided links but suggest that you look around if a book looks outrageously high. I've noticed that many of the OOP (out-of-print) books have multiple listings...some for pennies and some for hundreds of dollars, often for the same book.

*Please let me know of new books on the market.*

**Linking Children's Literature to Math**A few important notes about this list:

1. Book titles/authors are organized by concept. You may disagree with some of my categorization. I sometimes had a hard time deciding. Know that many of the books could fit multiple categories.

2. Over time, I'll be trying to add OOP notations to books as well as links to "reviews" and "lessons" within my blog.

3. New addition...I'm putting an "*" in front of a few of my favorite titles. Usually it's just because I truly enjoy the book. (I was a language arts and literature teacher before I became obsessed with math!) Sometimes a book becomes a favorite because it made a lesson come alive. Sometimes it's

*just because*. Plenty of great books don't have "*"...and some that you love may not be marked.

**Addition/Subtraction**

12 Ways to Get 11, Eve Merriam

*The 329th Friend, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (lesson)

The Action of Subtraction, Brian Cleary

Centipede's 100 Shoes, Tony Ross

Each Orange Had 8 Slices, Paul Giganti (also multiplication)

Elevator Magic, Stuart Murphy (subtracting)

The Grapes of Math, Greg Tang

The King's Commissioners, Aileen Friedman (addition, skip counting)

Math Appeal, Greg Tang

Math Fables, Greg Tang

Math For All Seasons, Greg Tang

Math-terpieces, Greg Tang

Monster Math, Anne Miranda (counting)

Monster Musical Chairs, Stuart Murphy

My Little Sister Ate One Hare, Bill Grossman

Night Noises, Mem Fox (add up the relatives that visit)

Panda Math; Learning About Subtraction from Hua Mei and Mei Sheng, Ann Whitehead Nagda

*Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, James Dean (subtracting from 4)

Ready, Set, Hop!, Stuart Murphy (building equations)

The Real Princess: A Mathematical Tale Brenda Williams (variety of problems)

Rooster's Off to See the World, Eric Carle

Safari Park, Stuart Murphy (finding unknowns)

Sea Sums, Joy Hulme

Shark Swimathon, Stuart Murphy (subtracting two-digit numbers)

Splash!, Ann Jonas

Subtraction Action, Loreen Leedy

**Area/Perimeter**

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!, Marilyn Burns

**Counting/Early Childhood Topics**

10 Little Penguins, Jean-Luc Fromental

Anno's Counting Book, Mitsumasa Anno

Anno's Counting House, Mitsumasa Anno

Apple Countdown, Joan Holub

The April Rabbits, David Cleveland

Art 123, Stefano Zuffi (new publication, Sept 2011)

*The Button Box, Margarette Reid (lesson, lesson) (sorting)

Changes, Changes, Pat Hutchins (wordless picture book, building with blocks)

Count and See, Tana Hoban

*Equal, Shmequal, Virginia Kroll (equality) (review)

Grandma's Button Box, Linda Williams Aber

How Many Candles?, Helen Griffith

How Many Feet in the Bed?, Diana Hamm (count by 2s) (lesson)

How Many Snails?,Paul Giganti

In My Garden, Ward Schumaker

Is It Larger, Is It Smaller, Tana Hoban

Little Quack's Hide and Seek, Lauren Thompson

Icky Bug Counting Book, Jerry Pallotta

In My Garden, Ward Schumaker

The M&M's Counting Book, Barbara Barbieri McGrath

Monster Math, Grace Maccarone (Hello Math)

Monster Math, Ann Miranda

More, Fewer, Less, Tana Hoban (photos)

More or Less a Mess, Sheila Keenan (Hello Math) (sorting)

More Than One, Miriam Schlein (concept of one...one pair, one week, one dozen)

Nine Ducks Nine, Sarah Hayes

Ocean Counting, Jerry Pallotta (odd numbers)

One is a Snail Ten is a Crab April Pulley Sayre (odd/even #s) (review)

One, Two, Skip a Few! (review)

*Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, James Dean

*Press Here, Herve Tullet (counting, position-Kinder standard)

Seaweed Soup, Stuart Murphy (matching sets)

The Sundae Scoop, Stuart Murphy (combinations)

Ten Black Dots, Donald Crews

Ten Little Elvi, Laura Henson (counting book for Elvis fans!)

Ten Little Fish, Audrey Wood

*Two Greedy Bears, Mirra Ginsburg (maybe early division?)

What Comes in 2's, 3's, & 4's, (Suzanne Aker)

What's a Pair? What's a Dozen?, Stephen Swinburne (explores number words)

**Direction/Position**

Bug Dance, Stuart Murphy (My 5yo loves this book. Big Book Edition available)

*Press Here, Herve Tullet (counting, position-Kinder standard)

**Division**

17 Kings and 42 Elephants, Margaret Mahy

A Remainder of One, Elinor J. Pinczes

Bean Thirteen, Matthew McElligot

Cheetah Math, Ann Whitehead Nagda

The Doorbell Rang, Pat Hutchins

Divide and Ride, Stuart Murphy

The Great Divide, Dayle Ann Dodds

One Hungry Cat, Joanne Rocklin (Hello Math)

*Two Greedy Bears, Mirra Ginsburg (maybe early division?)

**Estimating**

Betcha!, Stuart Murphy

The Candy Corn Contest, Patricia Reilly Giff (chapter bk) (review)

*Great Estimations, Bruce Goldstone (lesson, review)

*Greater Estimations, Bruce Goldstone (author letter, review)

*How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin, Margaret McNamara (review)

**Fractions, Decimals, Percents**

Apple Fractions, Jerry Pallotta

Eating Fractions, Bruce McMillan

Fabulous Fractions, Lynette Long

Fraction Action, Loreen Leedy

Fraction Fun, David Adler

Full House, Dayle Ann Dodds

Gator Pie, Louise Mathews (OOP)

The Grizzly Gazette, Stuart J. Murphy

The Hershey’s Fraction Book, Jerry Pallotta

Jump, Kangaroo, Jump!, Stuart Murphy

The Lion's Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating It, Too, Matthew McElligott (lesson)

*Little Numbers and Pictures That Show Just How Little They Are!, Edward Packard

Music Math, Kathleen Collins

*Picture Pie, Ed Emberley (lesson here, here)

Piece=Part=Portion, Scott Gifford

Twizzlers Percentages Book, Jerry Pallotta

The Wishing Club, Donna Jo Napoli (review)

**Geometry**

All About Where, Tana Hoban

The Amazing Book of Shapes: Explore Math Through Shapes and Patterns, Lydia Sharman (OOP)

Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, Stuart J. Murphy (lesson)

*A Cloak for the Dreamer, Aileen Friedman (tessellations)(lesson here, here)

Changes, Changes, Pat Hutchins (wordless picture book, building with blocks)

Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, and Spheres, Tana Hoban

Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet, Ann Whitford Paul (Quilts)

Grandfather Tang's Story, Ann Tompert (lesson here, here)

*The Greedy Triangle, Marilyn Burns (lesson here, here, here)

Hamster Champs, Stuart Murphy (angles)(review/lesson)

Icky Bug Shapes, Jerry Pallotta

If You Were a Polygon, Marcie Aboff

If You Were a Quadrilateral, Molly Blaisdell (lesson)

The Incredibly Awesome Box, Joanne Rocklin (Hello Math Reader)

A Light in the Attic (poem, “Shapes”), Shel Silverstein

The Magic Mirror Book, Marion Walter (OOP, symmetry)(lesson)

Magic Mirror Tricks, Marion Walter (OOP, symmetry)(lesson)

*Mouse Shapes, Ellen Stoll Walsh

Museum Shapes, Metropolitan Museum of Art

*Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry, Cindy Neuschwander (lesson)

The Seasons Sewn, Ann Whitford Paul (quilts)

The Secret Birthday Message, Eric Carle (directional terms)

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes, Tana Hoban

The Silly Story of Goldie Locks and the Three Squares, Grace Maccarone (Hello Math)(lesson)

*Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, Cindy Neuschwander

*Sir Cumference and the First Round Table, Cindy Neuschwander (lesson,lesson)

*Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland, Cindy Neuschwander (lesson, lesson)

Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter, Cindy Neuschwander

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone, Cindy Neuschwander (lesson)

So Many Circles, So Many Squares, Tana Hoban

*I Spy Shapes in Art, Lucy Micklethwait (lesson)

Square Cat, Elizabeth Schoonmaker

Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes, Grace Maccarone (lesson)

The Village of Round and Square Houses, Ann Grifalconi

When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins, Rhonda Greene

Zachary Zormer, Shape Transformer, Joanne Reisberg

**Graphs, Charts, Coordinates, Data**

Bart’s Amazing Charts, Dianne Ochiltree (Hello Math Reader)

The Best Vacation Ever, Stuart Murphy

*The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth, Dr. Julie Glass (Step into Reading)

The Long Wait, Annie Cobb (Math Matters Reader)

Tiger Math, Nagda & Bickel

**Measurement**

The 100-Pound Problem, Jennifer Dussling

*Balancing Act, Ellen Stoll Walsh

Beanstalk; the Measure of a Giant, Ann McCallum (lesson)

The Biggest Fish, Sheila Keenan (Hello Math)

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest, Steve Jenkins

*Counting on Frank, Rod Clement

*The Dragon's Scales Sarah Albee (weight) (review)

*Equal Shmequal, Virginia Kroll (review)

Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest, Steve Jenkins

*How Big is a Foot?, Rolf Myller (lesson)

How Big Is It?, Ben Hillman

How Long Is It?, Donna Loughran

How Long or How Wide?, Brian Cleary

How Tall, How Short, How Faraway, David Adler

*If Dogs Were Dinosaurs, David Schwartz (Ratio/Proportion)

*If You Hopped Like a Frog, David Schwartz (Ratio/Proportion)

*Inch by Inch, Leo Lionni (lesson here, here)

Inchworm and a Half, Elinor Pinczes

Incredible Comparisons, Russell Ash (boys in my class love this book!)

Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? Robert Wells

Jim and the Beanstalk, Raymond Briggs

Length, Henry Arthur

*The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, Kevin Hawkes (review)

Me and the Measure of Things, Joan Sweeney

Measuring Penny, Loreen Leedy

Millions to Measure, David Schwartz

More For Me!, Sydnie Meltzer Kleinhenz (Hello Math)

Pastry School in Paris: An Adventure in Capacity, Cindy Neuschwander

Pezzettino, Leo Lionni (area)(Mathwire lesson)

Pigs in the Pantry, Amy Axelrod

Racing Around, Stuart J. Murphy

Slower Than a Snail, Anne Schreiber (Hello Math)

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!, Marilyn Burns (area, perimeter)

Super Sand Castle Saturday, Stuart Murphy

Ten Times Better, Richard Michelson (multiplying by ten)

Twelve Snails to One Lizard, Susan Hightower

Twenty-One Elephants, Phil Bildner (see lesson)

Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing, April Jones Prince (see lesson)

Weight, Henry Arthur

What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?, Robert Wells

*Who Sank the Boat?, Pamela Allen (lesson)

**Money**

26 Letters and 99 Cents, Tana Hoban

A Dollar for Penny, Julie Glass

*Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, Judith Viorst

*Arthur's Funny Money, Lilian Hoban (review)

The Big Buck Adventure, Gill & Tobola

Benny's Pennies, Pat Brisson

The Coin Counting Book, Rozanne Williams (review)

Growing Money, Gail Karlitz (resource/reference)

How Much is that Guinea Pig in the Window?, Joanne Rocklin (Hello Math)

How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty, Nathan Zimelman (review)

If You Made a Million, David Schwartz

Jelly Beans for Sale, Bruce McMillan (review)

Jenny Found a Penny, Trudy Harris

Max's Money, Teddy Slater (Hello Math)

*Monster Money, Grace Macarone (Hello Math)(My boys love this)

My Rows and Piles of Coins, Tololwa Mollel (setting: Tanzania)

*Once Upon a Dime; A Math Adventure, Nancy Kelly Allen (review)

The Penny Pot, Stuart Murphy

Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money, Amy Axelrod

A Quarter from the Tooth Fairy, Caren Holtzman (Hello Math)

The Story of Money, Betsy Maestro

Tight Times, Barbara Shook Hazen

The Toothpaste Millionaire, Jean Merrill (chapter book)

*Where the Sidewalk Ends (poem, "Smart"), Shel Silverstein (lesson here, here)

**Multiplication, Skip Counting, Doubling, Square Numbers**

The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street, Carol Losi (Hello Math Reader), (doubling, add, multiply)

A Grain of Rice, Helena Clare Pittman (doubling)

Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream, Cindy Neuschwander

Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar, Mitsumasa Anno

Arctic Fives Arrive, Elinor Pinczes (skip counting by 5s)

Bats on Parade, Kathi Appelt (mult, square #s)

*The Best of Times, Greg Tang

Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies, Louise Mathews

Counting Coconuts, Contando Cocos (counting by 2s,3s,4s,5s,10s...#s also in Spanish)

Double the Ducks, Stuart Murphy

Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book, Paul Giganti, Jr.(multiply, add, count)

How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings?, In Seon Chae

*How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, Margaret McNamara (review)

*The King's Chessboard, David Birch (doubling)(lesson here, here)

The King's Commissioners, Aileen Friedman (addition, skip counting)

The M&M's Counting Book, Barbara McGrath (counting, add/subtract/multiply)

More M&M's Math, Barbara McGrath (many topics)

My Full Moon is Square, Elinor Pinczes (square #s)

*One Grain of Rice, Demi (doubling)(lesson here, here)

One Hundred Hungry Ants, Elinor Pinczes

One Hundred Ways to Get to 100, Jerry Pallotta (many topics)

*Sea Squares, Joy N. Hulme (square numbers) (lesson here, here)

Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens, Cindy Neuschwander

Stay in Line, Teddy Slater (Hello Math), (add, multiply)

Spunky Monkeys on Parade, Stuart Murphy (count by 2s, 3s, 4s)

Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do!, Stuart Murphy (multiplying)

*Two of Everything, Lily Toy Hong (doubling)

*Two Ways to Count to Ten, Ruby Dee

**Number and Operations, Number Sense (lg/sm)**

*100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days, Bruce Goldstone (100 day celebrations)(review, author)

*365 Penguins, Jean-Luc Fromental (review, lesson)

Big Numbers: And Pictures that Show Just How Big They Are!, Edward Packard

Can You Count to a Googol?, Robert E. Wells

Dinosaur Deals, Stuart Murphy (equivalent values)

How Big is It?, Ben Hillman (large numbers)

How Many Candles?, Helen Griffith

*How Much is a Million?, David Schwartz

If You Made a Million, David Schwartz

Less Than Zero, Stuart Murphy

*Little Numbers: And Pictures that Show Just How Little They Are!, Edward Packard

A Million Dots, Andrew Clements

On Beyond a Million, David Schwartz

*Zero the Hero, Joan Holub (review)

Zero: Is It Something? Is It Nothing?, Claudia Zaslavsky (OOP)

Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree, Betsy Franco

**Odd/Even Numbers**

*Even Steven and Odd Todd, Kathryn Cristaldi (Hello Math)

Missing Mittens, Stuart Murphy

Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers, Jerry Pallotta

**One Hundred Days of School**

*100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days, Bruce Goldstone (review, author)

The One Hundredth Day of School!, Abby Klein (chapter book)

**Patterns**

*Growing Patterns, Sarah Campbell (Fibonnaci #s)

*Pattern Bugs, Trudy Harris (lesson)

*Pattern Fish, Trudy Harris (lesson)

*Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning, Cindy Neuschwander (review)

The Rabbit Problem, Emily Graves (review)

**Place Value**

Earth Day—Hooray!, Stuart Murphy (place value)

Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens, Cindy Neuschwander (base 10)(lesson)

**Position**

All About Where, Tana Hoban

Left or Right? Rehm & Koike

The Secret Birthday Message, Eric Carle (directional terms)

**Prime/Composite Numbers**

You Can Count on Monsters, Richard Even Schwartz (review/lesson ideas)

**Probability, Data Analysis, Graphs**

Do You Wanna Bet? Your Chance to Find Out About Probability, Jean Cushman (chapter bk)

Pigs at Odds, Amy Axelrod

Probably Pistachio, Stuart J. Murphy

Socrates and the Three Little Pigs, Mitsumasa Anno

A Very Improbable Story, Edward Einhorn (review)

**Problem Solving**

*365 Penguins, Jean-Luc Fromental (review, lesson)

Anno's Hat Tricks, Mitsumasa Anno

Anno’s Magic Seeds, Anno (lots in here!)

The Case of the Backyard Treasure, Joanne Rocklin (Hello Math Reader)

The Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat, Theoni Pappas (chapter bk)

Math Curse, Jon Scieszka (humor)

Math Trek, Paterson & Henderson (chapter book)

Painless Math Word Problems, Marcie Abramson (chapter book)

You Can, Toucan, Math, David Adler

**Roman Numerals**

Fun With Roman Numerals, David Adler (new!)

Roman Numerals, David Adler (this is the book I own which I don't see on Amazon. I'm wondering if it's an older version of Fun With Roman Numerals??)

Roman Numerals I to MM, Arthur Geisert

**Sorting & Classifying**

*The Button Box, Margarette Reid (lesson, lesson)

More or Less a Mess, Sheila Keenan (Hello Math) (sorting)

Seaweed Soup, Stuart Murphy (sets)

**Spatial Sense/Direction**

Pigs in the Corner, Amy Axelrod

**Square Numbers**

Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies, Louise Mathews

My Full Moon is Square, Elinor Pinczes

*Sea Squares, Joy Hulme (lesson here, here)

**Time**

All About Time, Jeunesse & Verdet

All in a Day, Mitsumasa Anno, et al

Bats Around the Clock, Kathi Appelt

Chimp Math, Nagda & Bickel

Clocks and More Clocks, Pat Hutchins

Cluck O'Clock, Kes Gray

Four Season Make a Year, Anne Rockwell

Henry's Important Date, Robert Quackenbush (only linked mini-version is currently in print)

Just a Minute!, Teddy Slater (Hello Math)

My First Book of Time, Claire Llewellyn

On the Same Day in March, Marilyn Singer

Telling Time, Jules Older

Telling Time with Big Mama Cat, Dan Harper

************ Additional Assorted Topics in Math ************

**Activity Books**

Circles: Fun Ideas for Getting A-Round in Math, Catherine Ross

*Math Games & Activities from Around the World, Claudia Zaslavsky

*The Secret Life of Math: discover how (and why) number have survived from the cave dwellers to us, Ann McCallum (lesson)

**Art/Math**

Art 123, Stefano Zuffi (new publication, Sept 2011)

MathART: Projects and Activities, Carolyn Ford Brunetto (teacher book)

*Math-terpieces, Greg Tang

Museum Shapes, Metropolitan Museum of Art

**Biographies**

*Blockhead: the Life of Fibonacci

*The Boy Who Loved Math, Deborah Heiligman (review)

*Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham (chapter book, Newbery Award, maritime biography)

*Mathematicians Are People, Too, Reimer (two volumes, biographies of mathematicians)

Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia, D. Anne Love

*Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein, Don Brown

**Fact & Photo Books (fun for kids to share during gathering time)**

*A Closer Look, Mary McCarthy

Incredible Comparisons, Stephen Biesty

Life-Size Aquarium, Teruyuki Komiya

Penguins Swim But Don't Get Wet; and Other Amazing Facts About Polar Animals, Berger

**History**

*The History of Counting, Denise Schmandt-Besserat (picture book, advanced)

The Warlord's Beads, Virgian Walton Pilegard (history of abacus)

**Poetry**

Count Me a Rhyme: Animal Poems by the Numbers, Jane Yolen

Mathematickles!, Betsy Franco

**Puzzles, Rhymes and Riddles**(I LOVE opening math sessions with things from this category!)

Amazing Math Puzzles, Adam Hart-Davis

Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes, J. Patrick Lewis

*Easy Math Puzzles, David A. Adler

How Many Feet? How Many Tails?, Marilyn Burns (Hello Math)

Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School, Louis Sachar (chapter book)

**World With No Numbers (great to spur creative writing)**

A Day With No Math, Marilyn Kaye (OOP)(lesson)

Missing Math, Loreen Leady (lesson)

Neil's Numberless World, Lucy Coats (OOP)(lesson)

**Chapter Books (or more advanced, reference)**

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat, Theoni Pappas

Arithmetricks, Edward Julius

Body Math, Penny Dowdy

The Candy Corn Contest, Patricia Reilly Giff (early chapter book)

*Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham (chapter book, Newbery Award, maritime biography)

Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliett

Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales, Theoni Pappas

The Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat, Theoni Pappas

G is for Googol; A Math Alphabet Book, David Schwartz

Go Figure!, Johnny Ball

How Math Works, Carol Vorderman

Isador A. Inchworm's Magic Math Glasses (old, but good)(lesson)

The Lemonade War, Jacqueline Davis (upcoming review)

The Longitude Prize, Joan Dash

The Man Who Counted, Malba Tahan

Mathemagic (Childcraft, old but good)

Murderous Maths series by Kjartan Poskitt. You can sometimes find them used and inexpensive on Amazon, but there are a few dealers who sell them new in the U.S.

Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool (review)

*The Number Devil, Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School, Louis Sachar

The Toothpaste Millionaire, Jean Merrill (chapter book)

Walk Past the Wolf: A Mythmatical Battles Adventure, Scrivener Minion

The Wright 3, Blue Balliett

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At a later date I'll add teacher reference books. And I'll be continually posting lessons that use the books listed here. :)