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Math Books Kids Will Love

math books kids will love

One of the easiest ways to raise kids who love math is to have great math resources at home. I shared some of our favorite math games earlier this week, and today I am writing about math books for kids that we love! These are books that kids will enjoy picking up and looking through, although you can also use them as part of a homeschool curriculum, or for a more formal after school enrichment. I grew up in a home full of books like these, and that is the approach I take with my kids. The books are there for them to use, and if they want to talk to me about them I am available. Occasionally I will bring a particular book to a particular child’s attention because I think they are at a point where they would enjoy it, but for the most part the books are simply there for discovery when the child is ready.

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Math Books Kids Will Love

  • Beast Academy is my all time favorite elementary school math curriculum! The graphic novel style books are brilliant, and the exercises teach children to think like real mathematicians.
  • My kids and I love the Life of Fred series of math books so much that it got its very own earlier this month! If you want your kids to learn mathematical problem-solving while developing their sense of humor, this is the series for you!
  • Bedtime Math has fun story-based math stories with word problems for each story divided into three levels of difficulty: wee ones, little kids, and big kids. This is a book that will grow with your children!
  • Math ART has kids exploring fractions, multiplication facts, place value, patterns, symmetry, statistics, and more through art! If your child loves art, this book is a must-have for your library!
  • This Is Not a Math Book is a brand-new art-based book from Usborne – one of my favorite publishers of children’s books!
  • Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself has children cutting apart shapes to discover area formulas, building geometric models, and playing with Mobius strips.
  • The Usborne Lift-the-Flap Times Tables book is full of fun illustrations will have your children giggling as they practice their times table facts. Nine-year-old Emma knows most of her times tables by now (the book goes up to 12×12), but that didn’t stop her from picking this book to bring on the plane on our recent flight to Boston.
  • Usborne also has three different math dictionaries! All three are excellent, and they come in a nice math kit along with a tangram set and other math tools.
  • Math Wise! is a book full of math activities that will feel like games to kids. Several of these activities involve kids getting active, and they are designed to work with kids from grades K-8.
  • My kids enjoy using Math Mosaics to practice their math facts, and Math Line Designs From Around the World combines the same concept with a little bit of basic global art education for older kids (grades 4-6).
  • 40 Fabulous Math Mysteries Kids Can’t Resist has kids using math to play detective.

Do you have a favorite math book or math series for kids that I should add to this list?

More Fun Learning Activities for Kids

For parents looking for playful activities that are clearly educational for preschoolers, this book is a great resource:

This book is an incredible resource for parents and educators looking for tools to develop literacy and math through play.

If you are looking for a home preschool curriculum, ABC & 123 is a wonderful place to start! I contributed to the book, along with some of my favorite early education bloggers. The activities provide a tiny bit of structure in a playful environment where children can explore early literacy and numeracy skills.

What are your favorite math books for kids?

MaryAnne at Mama Smiles
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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

9 thoughts on “Math Books Kids Will Love”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    I think my Vi would love the MathART book! Thank you for the wonderful suggestions. I read a homeschooling book during our holiday that had loads of book suggestions for all subjects and I was impressed the author had so many “living” math books listed, including Life of Fred, of course!! :)

  2. Math Mosaics and the Math Line Drawing sounds interesting. We’ve recently gotten Life of Fred books, and the kids enjoy them a lot.

    Stuart J Murphy and Lorreen Leedy both have really good picture books for young kids.

  3. jeannine: waddleeahchaa.com

    My all time favorite math book is Counting on Frank. Excellent book for sparking open-ended creative thinking and problem solving!

    We just picked up Math for Smarty Pants by Merilyn Burns at Half Price Books. My kiddos can’t wait to tackle the problem solving sparks in the book!

  4. Helen @ Peakle Pie

    Some great books here – ideal for playing and learning! Thank you for taking such an active part in #CoolMaths4CoolKids this year!

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