Math isn’t all worksheets and flashcards. It can be a lot of fun, too! Reading is a great way to learn together and reinforce concepts. The following 10 books are a perfect place to start when you’re looking for math books for your 9-11 year old.
1. The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang
A book of riddles with tried and true, creative methods for solving math problems by the author. The vibrant illustrations and fun games will be a hit with kids. Using effective and simple methods to solve the riddles will give your child confidence.
2. A Very Improbable Story by Edward Einhorn
One morning, Ethan awakes to find an unusual cat – Odds, stuck on his head. To get rid of the cat, Ethan must win a game of probability, such as pick out two matching socks from his drawer or pull a dime from his coin collection, or some other equally improbable feat. If he can’t beat the odds, Odds won’t budge, and there’s a 100% chance that Ethan will miss his soccer game! With this fun plot, entertaining characters and engaging illustrations, this is book is a surefire hit with kids. It teaches a difficult to grasp concept in a fun way.
3. Math for all Seasons by Greg Tang
More fun riddles and problems to solve in mind-stretching ways. Great for building Math vocabulary, creativity, and confidence.
4. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
Do you ever have one of those days where everything is a problem?? This book follows a girl throughout a day filled with “problems” – MATH problems! A fun look at everyday math. Charming illustrations with a fun and engaging plot line will have kids begging you to read it.
5. Full House: An Invitation to Fractions by Dayle Ann Dods
Whimsical illustrations and a cast of hilarious characters flow through this book of rhyming text. Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn and loves to have visitors. One night, she finds herself with a full house. Sensing something is amiss, she discovers her guests hungry for a midnight snack. Will there be enough cake for everyone? A very inviting read for kids.
6. Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander
The Zills family is summoned to Egypt to aid in finding the burial chamber of an ancient pharaoh. When the kids get trapped in a hidden tomb, they must use the geometric hieroglyphics and their knowledge of math to find the burial chamber and escape the tomb. Will they make it out? Do they know their stuff? With a riddle, a mystery and plenty of opportunity for flexing math muscles, kids are sure to find this adventure fun, time and time again.
7. A Remainder of One by Elinor J. Pinczes
When a queen demands that her bugs march in even lines, it’s up to Private Joe to divide and conquer. Can he split the ants into lines evenly, so he will not be left out? How many lines will it take? Fun little drawings will invite young readers in, while the story line engages and teaches a valuable lesson in division.
8. How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller
The king wants to give the queen something special for her birthday — not easy when the queen has EVERYTHING. Except…a bed. You see, beds hadn’t yet been invented. The king must figure out “how big is a bed?” – but no one knows! A cute, fun story with quirky illustrations that will have kids guessing and estimating in measurements.
9. Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin by Pam Calvert
Follow Peter as he tries to stop Rumpelstiltskin and his multiplying stick. Can he unlock the secret and rescue the kingdom from Rumpelstiltskin and his mischief? A fun look at multiplication using familiar characters that kids are sure to love.
10. The Best of Times by Greg Tang
A fun take on the times table. The author teaches innovative ways to derive solutions to multiplication problems without rote memorization. The rhyming patterns are easy to remember and the cute illustrations are delightful.
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