1. The Penny Pot by Stuart J Murphy
This book was written by a mathematician who travels the US talking to kids about everyday math. He shows kids how they use math all the time, whether sorting socks or spending their allowance. The Penny Box is a humorous story that illustrates the fun in math – and hopefully helps kids recognize math as accessible and fun.
2. How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti
How many jelly beans are enough? Aiden and Emma can’t decide. Is 10 enough? Or 1,000? That’s a lot of jelly beans. But eaten over a whole year, it’s only two or three a day. This giant picture book offers kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers. Starting with 10, each page shows more and more colorful candies, leading up to a giant fold-out surprise—ONE MILLION JELLY BEANS! Kids will love the fun, bright pictures, and learn that big scary numbers can be easily accessible.
3. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
In this charming book kids will meet a lovable inchworm who is very proud of his ability to measure absolutely anything. A great introduction to measurements and mathematical terms, kids will love the characters and the winsome, watercolor-esque illustrations.
4. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin
Pete loves his groovy buttons! But when one falls off, does he cry? No! He just keeps singing his song. When you count down with Pete the Cat in this fun book that teaches math concepts and subtraction, you’ll feel pretty groovy too!
5. 123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt
This book explores the age old question, which is more important? Letters or numbers? While numbers and letters compete to be the stars of the book, funny props and animals pop in for cameos. The whimsical illustrations and fresh and funny text introduce readers to letters and numbers in a refreshing way and by the end of the book, the answer to the BIG question is perfectly clear.
6. The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
When Ma makes a dozen delicious cookies, she knows it will be plenty for her two children. But then, the doorbell rang! And it keeps on ringing! In this cute and unpredictable tale, kids will love to count along.
7. How Much Is A Million? by David M. Schwartz
What an abstract concept a million is! This book takes a look at the concept that has kids wondering and guessing. Just how much IS a million? Or a billion? Or a trillion?? With fantastical images in classic style, this book is sure to engage young readers.
8. Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck
Bedtime Math has a mission: to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives! Math in this book looks nothing like school, with a kid-friendly and kid-APPEALING take on math problems. Families are sure to love the riddles, with whimsical illustrations and mischief-making math problems. There are three different levels in one book, so it’s sure to have something for everyone in the family!
9. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman
This book of reader-friendly, lyrical text and rich illustrations explores the life of Paul Erdos, a mathematician who was also a great man. While introducing readers to math concepts the book also follows Paul from his early start at age-related calculations as a young boy, through the many adventures he has while traveling the world to meet mathematicians and collaborate on publications. Kids will see what made math for one little boy who loved math!
10. Tally O’Malley by Stuart J. Murphy
The O’Malley’s are off to the beach – a long, hot, LOOOOONG drive! How will the kids pass the time? By counting up everything they see by categories – be it green shirts or gray cars. Whoever has the most marks at the end of the round wins the game. Eric wins first. Then Bridget. It seems like Nell will never win… but she has a surprise in store for her brother and sister! This book not only introduces math concepts, but shows that math can be a fun game!
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com
Featured image courtesy of Mike Boldt.