Books About Math For Kids & Scholastic Giveaway

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A lot of parents are a little afraid of math , possibly because they struggled with it themselves as kids, or they have heard it’s being taught differently now or just because they don’t like it. Math is a sensitive topic in my own background having been tutored from 5th grade on my confidence in it has never been high. What changed all that for me was teaching it using manipulatives, games and books. Picture books are great tools to teach math concepts even well into the elementary grades and feel very accessible to parents who may shy away from other math activities.  You can find some of my favorite books about math and a chance to enter to WIN the two fantastic Sir Cumference books from Scholastic Book Clubs, see details below!

You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving Fun by David Adler is a graphically amazing book and the concepts are awesome too. This book focuses on word problem solving but the author has others ( one about fractions that is actually a great cheat sheet for out of practice parents too) and many others. I chose to review this one because it’s closer to the level of math more of my readers will be at now or soon.  While the book offers up word problems the illustrations are built in manipulatives and help children along naturally. While many of the problems answer keys use multiplication or division many can be broken down more easily and younger kids can simply count the illustrations. I like that this book will have a long shelf life in any home. Also the illustrations by Edward Miller can not be any more amazing. Great book for math interested preschoolers but more specifically school age kids.

math books for kids

Quack and Count by Keith Baker is even better than Big Fat Hen. This book is awesome for multi-age groups because although the text is simple there are two levels of math on each page. Simple duck  counting  as well as addition to arrive at the same number. I squealed when I read this to my son and daughter , immediately realizing how perfect a book this was for us! Your kids will love the illustrations too.

Eggs and Legs: Counting by Twos by Michael Dahl is a cute book with silly illustrations and a fun concept to teach counting by twos. The book counts from 0-20 by 2s but each page has multiple depictions of each number including dots to count and the number in the text. This was super useful to show my son as we counted by 2s that we weren’t skipping the numbers, just grouping them to count faster. Fun and useful book.

math books for preschoolers

On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl was a great find, my son loved counting down from 12-1 with the bright illustrations , simple text and hidden numbers on each page. Something that seems simple but was really awesome was that each page had the number written as a word, shown as a digit and as dots to count. You can take the time to count each dot, read the word or simply recognize the digit!

1, 2, buckle my shoe

1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines is a wonderful first counting book, and a favorite of my daughter. The text is the simple rhyme, the pictures are photos of quilted numbers and buttons.  The buttons correspond to the numbers and are so bright that they practically beg a child to touch and count them. My daughter who is 14 months loves to push the buttons, trace the numbers and laughs at the hen. Very sweet book.

books about math for kids

1+1=5: and Other Unlikely Additions by David LaRochelle was sent to me by the publisher a few months back. I waited to review it because the concept was a little over my son’s head until recently. The book as you might guess by the title is not about adding the obvious but rather the less obvious numbers in an illustration. Do not read this book with your child until they understand addition, counting and won’t get confused. That said when they have that down this book is genius! I say that because it forces them to look at all different numbers of things to figure out what the author is counting.  Readers see the equation first and the objects they are counting are usually hidden so you will have to turn the page to figure it out. Flip the page and it’s more obvious , for example 1+1 = 100 and the picture includes a pumpkin and watermelon. Flip the page and you see they are cut open with many seeds in full view. It’s tricky but if you have a child interested in math or mysteries grab it and have a look.

Just Enough Carrots (MathStart 1) by Stuart J. Murphy is a wonderful book about the concepts of less, more and the same amount. Unlike many books in the genre this book manages to keep the words minimal, the story engaging and the text even rhymes!  It’s a scene that will be familiar to many preschoolers as the setting is a grocery store with a mom and her son shopping. Kids will love the thought of buying worms to eat ( the characters are animals) and will quickly catch on to the concepts .

math books for kids

Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander is a story about Sir Cumference a faithful Knight to King Arthur and a mathematician in shining armor! In this adventure Sir Cumference and his wife Lady Di Ameter are trying to surprise the king with a birthday celebration but they are trying to figure out how many guests need to be fed. The story takes a turn for the math when they decide to group people in order to count them. It was an interesting read with my 5 year old who is just at the cusp of understanding the very beginnings of place value.  He enjoyed it very much and it gave me a chance to introduce the concepts and a story to refer back to later. * Win this!

Sir Cumference: And the First Round Table (A Math Adventure)by Cindy Neuschwander is all about geometry and how the knights at the table came to be at a round table. King Arthur is sick of all the side conversations and shouting at the long rectangular table, and asks Sir Cumference to find a solution. They go through a bunch of different shapes but each has some major flaw until they finally settle on a circle. The terms diameter, radius and circumference are even fit into the story which was a great way to introduce the terms to my son.  Great book for early elementary aged kids. * Win this!

How Much, How Many, How Far, How Heavy, How Long, How Tall Is 1000? by Helen Nolan has been sitting patiently on my shelf waiting for my son to be ready to read it. I used this in a math unit when I was a student teacher and absolutely love this book. The whole concept of this book is to explain the concept of 1000. We often teach our kids to count to 100 but don’t pay the same attention to getting them from 100-1000. This book takes it to the next step and demystifies the huge number 1000. It’s interesting, it uses examples kids can relate too and it gives many scenarios so those cogs turning in your child’s head has lots of chances to catch! I read it to my son for the first time yesterday and I loved being there for those moments when I know he just got it!


Enter For A Chance To Win

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Sir Cumference and All The King’s Tens & Sir Cumference and The First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander from Scholastic Book Clubs.




All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering this question:

Did you like math when you were in school ?

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  1. kepalm says

    I actually liked math when I was a kid. Now I am trying to figure out how to help my daughter love it too.

    thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Sara says

    I loved math class when I was in school except for a couple of years that I had horrible teachers- some people are brilliant in a subject but not gifted teachers.

  3. Anne says

    I hated math when I was a child. We were taught one algorithmic way to do every problem and nothing made sense to me. I’m a teacher now and the way we teach math is different. We teach conceptually and we encourage multiple paths to the same end. When I encounter a child who says “I hate math,” we dig deeper to find. out why. Usually they are stuck on a concept. We work together to get unstuck and to find another way to get to the end result we want. Math really is fun and books offer additional ways to teach concepts.

  4. Nicole says

    I hated math when I was younger, they rushed through content and drilled the skills. However, since my schooling on how to teach math, and the pedagogy on how to teach math to elementary school students, I love math even more. The way that I present material to students (through concrete experiences and literature) the students are more excited and eager to learn and think in an abstract way pushing the limits. It’s amazing!

  5. says

    I did like math (until geometry in high school.) I really enjoyed algebra – my mom taught me in about 4th grade rather than “draw how many people there are in the pool and how many people there are…” She got in some trouble with my teacher for that one 😉

  6. says

    I loved math class when I was in school, except for one year… the teacher was horrible. Otherwise it was my favorite time of day in school.

  7. Rebecca Everitt says

    I LOVED math. It was like a puzzle that I had to “figure out”. The only year I didn’t like math was geometry. I had a horrible teacher! I still like math and enjoy teaching it to my children.

  8. Courtney says

    I have always liked math. I did very well when I was in school and fortunately my 6 year old is doing well so far. He has a thing for numbers.

  9. S. Jones says

    I was okay with math up until about 4th grade. Long division really turned me off, plus some poor math teachers. I hope my children can learn to like it better than I did. Luckily my husband is good at math and enjoys it so I have a little bit of help when it comes to math.

  10. says

    I didn’t care for math in school. It wasn’t that I found it too hard, I just don’t get excited about equations and numbers. As a result, I am finding that math is my weakest point as a homeschooling mother. I love the book recommendations!

  11. Christie says

    I hated math when I was in school. I could never understand the concepts and as a result as a grade or 2 behind my peers in math. (I was senior in HS and taking math with sophomores) Now that I’m homeschooling my daughters, I’m trying to get over this aversion to math and hopefully teaching them helps me.

  12. Michelle says

    I loved math and ended up majoring in math and economics in college. I worked for a couple of years in the field but decided it was not as much fun as being a mom.

  13. Cheryl Mathwig says

    Hated it! Still hate it. My husband says when he talks numbers my eyes glaze over. This is what I say to math… “Dear Math, grow up and solve your own problems!”

  14. says

    Nope – I hated math, and always struggled with it. And now, I’m obsessed with making sure my daughters old LOVES math! and am always coming up with different ways to make it fun. Thanks for the book recommendations!

  15. Becky says

    I loved math until I hit geometry. Things went downhill then. Might have been the teacher I had.

  16. Melissa says

    Yes, I loved math. I remember our school had awards at the end of the year and I always wanted to get best in math! I never did, but I sure kept trying.

  17. says

    I just love it when you do a list of books based on a theme. And of course in our little school math is a favorite, so what better than to win math related books. I love the Stuart Murphy books, and am looking forward to the Sir Cumference books. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Kimberli says

    I loved Math! (I ended up teaching math at the college level). We are big celebraters of Pi day every year. 🙂

  19. says

    This was such a great post to read! We have been looking for slightly more advanced math books and these look really interesting. I always loved math class but it has been hard to get my daughter interested (yet).

  20. Jenn shreeve says

    I actually did like math as a child. I had nO clue they made picture books to teach math. That’s so fun!

  21. Melody says

    I really did not like Math as a kid but I am hoping my daughter will have a different opinion 🙂

  22. Becky Guenther says

    A book from the library we are a loving this week is The Great Graph Contest by Loreen Leedy. My 5 yo son and 7 yo daughter both love it, and get it, and have made their own graphs this week.

  23. Erin says

    I loved math even through college. It has always seemed to click with me. Taught HS math before having kids and now am homeschooling my little ones and they really seemed to enjoy math too! Thanks for this great list of books my boys will love them:)

  24. Hwee Ching Sinclair says

    I didn’t hate it but i definitely struggled so much with it! Of course, I grew up in in another country where there was no other ways of learning (even if you didn’t learn best just by listening) but keep drilling the problems until you get it. So i finally passed each grade (with pretty good grades) because i memorized ALL the problems!! I ended up being an artist! When I got to America, I told my husband, “I wouldn’t have had so much trouble if they would teach like that in [my country]!” Love these books!!

  25. Christina P says

    I honestly did not like math when I was younger, I wish that they had books like these because it would have made it so much easier to learn about the math concept. Now that I have student taught and am now a elementary substitute teacher I have slowly developed a love for math, and I hope to share that in all the classrooms I sub in.

  26. says

    I didn’t develop a dislike for Math until the 3rd grade. I was in a gifted program that removed you from the class once a week, and that year it happened to be the day our regular teacher covered new math concepts. She basically said we were “smart enough” to figure it out on our own and she shouldn’t have to help us. I shouldn’t hate math because of one teacher, but she ruined it for me.

    I’m trying to take a living math approach with my 5 year old, and math readers are something I want to incorporate, so I can’t wait to look for these books!

  27. Jodi says

    I liked math a lot until I hit pre-calculus. I am hoping my children love math too! We need to explore more math related books. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  28. Corie says

    I looooved math! I just “got” it. I’m nervous about teaching my kids math because I’m really not sure how to teach someone who doesn’t “get it” like I did. I would really live to win the books! They look great!

  29. Ellen says

    I always liked math until HS. Then a combo of unfortunate teachers and other interests swayed my attention in other directions.

  30. HighDesertGal says

    I loved math. I am of the post Sputnik “New Math” generation. My daughter has a BS in math education and a BS and MS in computer science. My son is getting an MS in applied mathematics. I taught math in the elementary school system. I guess were just a math household. When my grandson was 2 and learning shapes…they taught him the proper names. How many kids answer rhombus in preschool when asked what a rhombus shape is? I think the other kids were a bit confused.

  31. says

    Honestly, I didn’t like math as a child. But now that I have a son that loves it, I’ve found a new appreciation for the subject having found loads of fun ways to make practicing and sharpening his (um … and my) math skills! I’d love to win these books. Our area libraries don’t have them.

  32. says

    I did love math while I was in school until about eighth grade when I had a teacher that was literally crazy. As a child I didn’t understand, but she had some mental issues (and thus left the school later) which she did not have a handle on. She scared me away from math, which I used to be really good at. It was not until 10th or 11th grade when I had a fabulous geometry teacher that I started to excel again, but it was never the same. Then today I find that I do not remember nearly as much as I wish I could.

  33. John says

    Yes, i liked math from a very young age, but I do recall thinking that it could/should be taught in more fun and practical ways. It was always taught as dry and formulaic. I’d love to teach my daughter with improved methods.

  34. Cherie says

    I struggled with the subject and didn’t like math until I had an incredible teacher that actually made it fun for me. Ironically, as a student teacher, they picked me to teach 6th grade math. I tried to make it a fun subject for them as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  35. Rach says

    Ugh….struggled big time…even took a different major in college JUST to avoid certain math classes.

    My oldest (6) loves it with a passion. Does it for fun. Go figure.

  36. Bernadette says

    I loved math in school, but I have to say I think I was lucky and had fantastic teachers that made math fun and practical (not just numbers on a page). I hope I can show my kids the same thing!

  37. Dawn says

    I did not understand math at all in high school… and then I had the same troubles again at university. So far I’ve even been avoiding book lists like these for my kids because of those feelings/memories. 🙁 I think we’ll check some of these out from the library. Thanks. 🙂

  38. says

    I liked math although never really found it challenging enough. I just learned the how and not the why so I am excited to help my little ones “discover” math and understand the why’s. Thanks for the chance to win these.

  39. says

    I wanted my daughters to enjoy math more than I, so I wrote a series of math rhyming books called “arithmetic village” 🙂

  40. Angela says

    When I was younger, I hated math! Today it seems so many more strategies and manipulatives are out there for children which will hopefully make it easier for them!

  41. Olive's mum says

    Oh no, I was useless in Maths and it really bothered me all the way to high school!

  42. says

    Great collection! Try this cute twist on The Princess and the Pea:

  43. Julie says

    Math was always my favorite!! I even got the amazing opportunity to teach math (just math all) to elementary school kids. It was by far the best job I ever had. Thanks!

  44. Sarah O says

    I liked math on and off… it mostly depended on the focus of the year. I cannot blame it on the teacher since I was homeschooled.

  45. Jennifer says

    I have always enjoyed math! Now I look for fun ways to share that with my children so that they too will love math!

  46. Sarah D. says

    Loved it and still do! I do math for work and for life every day. I hope my kids end up liking it as much as I do.

  47. Elizabeth V says

    Took me a while to like math, but eventually I did and throughly enjoyed Algebra. Thanks for the chance!

  48. Roossy Tirta says

    Unfortunately math was not my best subject and now, I am married to a mathematician..:)

  49. says

    I was a history and literature lover. Math was never my favorite subject but my son is loving it and I am enthusiastic about teaching it to him. Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  50. Meghan says

    I hated math when I was younger. I enjoy teaching it now, but I still lack confidence.

  51. says

    Yes! I loved math. Although as some others have noted, I had some teachers that I didn’t like and so there were years I didn’t care for math CLASS, but I just love the straightforwardness of numbers as opposed to the bewildering complexity of language.

  52. Di Clauda says

    Math was one of my favorite subjects when I was young, and get to really enjoy with many children and others when possible. Learning never ends . . .

  53. says

    Yes, I loved math in school. I always was in advanced classes and thought I was pretty math smart. That was until I met my now husband. He has a PhD in Mathematics. 🙂

  54. says

    I was mostly neutral towards math, although I did well enough in math class. After high school calculus I though I bid it adieu … only to come face to face with it again in my attempt to get a PhD in Political Science. So, I guess I would sum up by saying I have always had a wary ambivalence towards math.

  55. Liesl says

    I liked math until about 6th grade. Then, it started getting hard and I was annoyed that I wasn’t as successful as I had been in the past and as I was in other subjects. Like the author of this article/giveaway, I didn’t start really “getting” math until I was in college, taking a class about how to teach using manipulatives. I still don’t like math a lot, but I realize how important it is for daily life…even the pythagoreon theorem (sp?).

  56. kelely says

    Whether or not I liked math in school depended on my age. I struggled with it for a few years, but it finally clicked.

  57. Meredith says

    I tolerated math pretty well in the early years, and would even say I enjoyed it. Then as high school and college classes came along and the challenges were greater, I didn’t enjoy it quite so much. 🙂 I’m homeschooling my 5 & 6 yr olds, and this would be a great resource to use with them!

  58. Amy Adams says

    I didn’t mind math, as it came easily to me, but it never seemed terribly fun or interesting to me. Hopefully, my daughters will love it!

  59. Esther Nemuras says

    I always preferred reading over math when I was in school….although I loved algebra. Solving to find “x” was like a solving a mystery. 🙂

  60. Gab M. says

    I did not like math as a child because it was really hard for me. When I got to college and took some math education classes I really started to understand concepts and enjoyed it much more.

  61. says

    Those Sir Cumference books look too cute! Didn’t mind math. Think I would have liked it more if my parents had liked it more. They are both readers/writers so that’s what I gravitated toward.

  62. Valarie says

    I love math! I actually won some fun trips to amusement parks because of math, I was a mathlete from 4th through 8th grade. Now my 4 year old is REALLY into numbers. In fact, last year he requested we decorate his room with numbers, not trucks or superheros, numbers. I know he would love these books.

  63. Delia says

    I did love both math and reading as a kid…. and I am hoping to pass this on to my daughter… with books about math!

  64. Bertha Alicia says

    I did not like math it was hard to grasp some concepts like place value and division. I am now a special education math teacher and I teach my student with concrete manipulatives which makes it easier for them to learn and grasp the concepts that were hard for me. I also integrate a lot of literature with my plans so they can see that math is all around us!

  65. says

    Math was never my favorite subject as a kid. I neither liked it nor disliked it. But it would have been more fun with books like these 🙂 I have always loved to read!

  66. says

    I did not like math in school. I struggled with reading and math and my teachers never seemed to notice how far behind I was. I am now a 4th grade teacher and math is my favorite thing to teach! This is my second year teaching and we started fractions about three weeks ago. I am happy to say most of my kids are doing very well AND some even are saying the LOVE fractions.

  67. Beth says

    Yes, I have always enjoyed math and want to instill that same love in my children. These would be fabulous books to help them want to learn more about math.

  68. jan says

    Never liked math but thankfully married an engineer who helps the kids with their math homework!

  69. Kathy Zielinski says

    I did actually enjoy math in school! However, I’ve been struggling getting my son as psyched about numbers as I was. I’m hoping these books will help!

  70. nopinkhere says

    I liked math some, but I remember that my mother had to teach me fractions because my 2nd grade teacher couldn’t seem to present the material in a way I understood. I enjoyed math when I was older but mostly applied in science classes.

  71. sandy says

    I liked math in school as a kid and now I teach math. I love finding ways to make learning math fun!

  72. Tina Savasuk says

    I actually liked math when I was in school. Sometimes it was difficult and I didn’t have the patience to figure out long equations so I didn’t do well but overall I liked it. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

  73. Sharon says

    I didn’t really get math until 7th grade. After that it just clicked! I’m looking up some of these books right now so hopefully my 5 year old will feel successful with numbers earlier than I did!

  74. says

    I liked math in elementary school but not high school. I was good at it until calculus (mainly because I stopped trying due to complete disinterest).

  75. Shannonlibrarian says

    I loved playing with numbers. Math can be lots of fun! I want my students to know this too! (We had Math Night this year, with lots of fun activities- polyhedron balloon sculptures, Race to 10, Shut the Box. We’re hoping to teach parents and kids just how fun math can be!

  76. Allison says

    I enjoyed math up until I had difficulty one year and the teacher told me he couldn’t help me. Just don’t pick to do those problems on the end of year exam. After that it was hard to come back to liking math. But I had a good teacher the following year who offered help during our lunch hour who helped me get my confidence back.

  77. Laura Humphries says

    I did enjoy math in school. I wasn’t crazy about the multiplication/division drills though (or any other drill for that matter that put you on the spot).

  78. Jennifer says

    No, Math was not my favorite. I’m hoping to help make it fun for my kids though! This is a great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.

  79. says

    What a great post! Yes, I loved math. I was in school for mathematically gifted, and I got all the way to M.S. in math 🙂 I hope my daughter inherits our love for math too. I’ll be looking for some of these books!

  80. Joan Dudley says

    I always loved math as a child and still do as an adult. I look forward to helping students find ways to love and understand what they are learning. Books make it so much easier and lots more fun when learning math.

  81. Lauren Hutchinson says

    I loved math so much that now I teach 8th grade math. I have a niece who I can’t wait to teach fractions to!

  82. Jana says

    I loved math and my oldest daughter is following in my footsteps. However my youngest has difficulty. Love these books!

  83. Rafela Sim says

    I hated math. And I’m doing all things I can so that my children will not hate math the way I did. I think this books will be good in averting math hatred for my children.

  84. Megan says

    While it wasn’t my favorite subject like reading, I was still interested enough to participate in competitions and challenges. My mom is a math instructor so we always had to check my work at home at the kitchen table, and she developed a fun quiz game for my class one year. I still count on my fingers and use the touch-point methods though.

  85. Katie says

    I liked Math in elementary school, but not after that until I had a fabulous college professor

  86. tracey trosterud says

    I liked math but struggled with it, I really wanted to understand it. I wish these books would’ve been available to me.

  87. Judy says

    I did not like math. I found it very difficult. Once my mom showed me how to use a more hands on approach I got it!

  88. Judy says

    I wouldn’t say I loved math, but I was good at it and it made sense to me. Till I got to calculus, which I still got a good grade in, but had no idea what was going on.

  89. Michelle says

    I enjoyed math only when I understood it! I’m hoping I’ll get a better grasp of it as I’m teaching my children : )

  90. Julie says

    I liked it but I think it was because I was a girl and wasn’t “supposed” to. I’m ornery that way 😉

  91. says

    I didn’t like math as a child. I fought my parents to learn the multiplication tables and didn’t like the right or wrong aspect of the subject. But, I loved books! If I was able to read books that supported math concepts, I think I would have liked math a lot more.

  92. Stephanie M says

    I loved math and I think it is good that there are pieces of literature that can help children connect with math better.

  93. Stacie W says

    I LOVED IT!!! Math is like puzzle fun to me. As a mother home-educating her children, I love that I have discovered math literature!

  94. Meg T says

    I did not love math. I too was tutored and struggled quite a bit. It makes me so happy to see all the “I love math!” comments : ) These look like excellent books. Thanks!!

  95. Diana says

    I loved math as a child!!! It was one of my favorite subjects but my daughter is having a hard time with math. I would love for her to have the books. Thank you!

  96. Josee Thibault says

    I didn’t love math, but I was kind of good at it. Looking back on it now, I wonder if I didn’t like it because I thought I wasn’t supposed to like it (because I’m a girl, it’s hard, etc.) My 4 year old daughter loves math and I’m working hard to encourage her interest!

  97. says

    I was definitely not a fan of math. It wasn’t an issue in the elementary years, but I definitely disliked it as I progressed through the upper grades.

  98. Pamela says

    I loved math in school. That’s why I am now a 6th grade math teacher. Some of my students would really benefit from reading these books!