by Erica Lindsey
I love reading to my children at night, and I’m constantly looking for ways to incorporate math into their daily or bedtime routine.
There are actually a lot of great math books for kids. There are picture books for our younger children and chapter books with math concepts in them for young readers.
Reading about math is a great and easy way to practice skills and spark conversations. It also helps children see math in different ways outside of the classroom. Below I’ve listed some my favorite math books. (I have also included the book’s level and the concepts it introduces.)
Picture Books with Math
- “Triangle” by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Math concepts: Shapes, relative size (AR Book Level 2.1)
- “Place Value” by David Adler and Edward Miller
Math concept: Place value (Best for: Grades 1-5)
- “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!” by Marilyn Burns and Debbie Tilley
Math concepts: Area and perimeter (AR Book Level 3.2)
- “Billions of Bricks: A Counting Book About Building” by Kurt Cyrus
Math concepts: Counting in quantities (Best for: PK-Grade 2)
- “A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It: A Book About Time” by Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable
Math concept: Time (AR Book Level 3.6)
Chapter Books with Math
- “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies
Math concept: Money (AR Book Level 4.1)
- “The Candy Corn Contest” by Patricia Reilly Giff
Math concept: Estimation (AR Book Level 2.5)
- “The Math Wiz” by Betsy Duffey
Math concept: Real world application (AR Book Level 3.9)
- “The Toothpaste Millionaire” by Jean Merrill
Math concept: Real world application and Money (AR Book Level 5.0)
- “7 x 9 = Trouble” by Claudia Mills and Robert Ramierez
Math concept: Multiplication (AR Book Level 4.3)
Bedtimemath.org is also a great website where parents can sign up to receive a fun, age-appropriate math problem sent daily to their email address. The problems are designed to be solved at the same time as a bedtime story.
Some children may not learn math as well in a traditional, classroom setting. Reading these and other math books can help children understand a concept in a different way.
The more children are exposed to math in various ways, the more they will be interested in it, which could lead to them to pursue careers in math, science, technology or engineering. It also helps children realize that math permeates their world and is everywhere, all around them.
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