20 Amazing Picture Books About Math

Mathematics can be a daunting subject for many children, but introducing them to math concepts through engaging picture books can make the learning experience enjoyable and effective. Here are 20 amazing picture books about math that will captivate young readers and inspire their curious minds.

  1. “Math Curse” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith – This book tells the story of a student who wakes up to find everything around her is math-related, from numbers on her alarm clock to geometry in the classroom.
  2. “One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale” by Demi – In this book, a clever girl uses her math skills to outsmart a greedy raja and save her village from famine.
  3. “The Grapes of Math” by Greg Tang and Harry Briggs – Through clever rhymes and illustrations, this book presents fun and challenging math puzzles to solve.
  4. “How Much Is a Million?” by David M. Schwartz and Steven Kellogg – This book helps children visualize large numbers by showing them what a million looks like.
  5. “Counting on Frank” by Rod Clement – Follow along with a boy named Frank as he uses math to solve everyday problems, from measuring his dog’s swimming pool to calculating his family’s yearly consumption of peanut butter.
  6. “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi” by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan – Join Sir Cumference and his son as they use math to defeat a dragon and learn about the mysterious number pi.
  7. “Math Potatoes: Mind-stretching Brain Food” by Greg Tang and Harry Briggs – This book encourages readers to think creatively about math through visual puzzles and challenges.
  8. “Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream” by Cindy Neuschwander and Liza Woodruff – Follow Amanda Bean as she dreams about using a magic bean to skip counting and multiply her way to the top of the class.
  9. “The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchins – In this story, a batch of cookies needs to be divided among an increasing number of friends, challenging children’s understanding of fractions.
  10. “Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems” by J. Patrick Lewis and Michael Slack – This collection of poems combines math concepts with classic poetry, creating a unique and engaging learning experience.
  11. “The Multiplying Menace Divides” by Pam Calvert and Wayne Geehan – Join Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter as she solves math problems and outsmarts the Multiplying Menace.
  12. “Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems” by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Karen Barbour – This anthology of math-themed poems celebrates the beauty and wonder of numbers.
  13. “Full House: An Invitation to Fractions” by Dayle Ann Dodds and Abby Carter – Through a lively rhyme, this book introduces fractions in a fun and accessible way.
  14. “Fraction Fun” by David A. Adler and Nancy Tobin – This book uses real-life examples to help children understand and apply the concept of fractions.
  15. “The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos” by Deborah Heiligman and LeUyen Pham – This picture book biography tells the story of a brilliant mathematician who loved numbers more than anything else.
  16. “The Action of Subtraction” by Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable – Join a group of comical animals as they learn about subtraction in this entertaining and educational book.
  17. “Measuring Penny” by Loreen Leedy – This book follows a girl named Lisa as she explores different ways to measure things using non-standard measurement units.
  18. “How Big Is a Foot?” by Rolf Myller – In this story, the king wants to give the queen a bed, but measurements become a problem when they realize their bedmaker uses his feet as the unit of measure.
  19. “Inch by Inch” by Leo Lionni – Join a clever inchworm as he uses his measuring skills to outsmart a hungry bird.
  20. “Mathematickles!” by Betsy Franco and Steven Salerno – This rhyming picture book combines math concepts with wordplay and whimsical illustrations, making math learning fun and engaging.

These 20 amazing picture books about math are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to incorporating mathematical concepts into storytelling. Whether it’s counting, shapes, fractions, or problem-solving, these books offer a valuable resource for parents and educators looking to make math more accessible and enjoyable for young learners. Explore these books with your child and watch their love for math grow!