Learning math concepts is more fun with picture books! Discover the best math books for kids — perfect for kindergarten and elementary school children.
Over the last few weeks, my kids have been asking about math concepts I’ve had to explain in creative ways.
When one asks the answer to 3 x 5, I give the example of three kids jumping five times. Fractions are explained with dividing a pizza into slices. Even and odd numbers are compared to sharing between the twins and whether they have equal pieces or if one has more than the other.
They compare how many more “heads” they need to be as tall as me or my husband and ask how many more hours until dinner. And, of course, they apply math concepts to toys and their play time.
You see, math isn’t just about numbers, or adding and subtracting. And while we parents hear about the benefits of daily reading to our kids, we don’t always know clear and easy ways to talk about math.
That’s why I love combining the two: reading children’s books about math.
We’re not talking workbooks or drills, either. Children’s books give kids the chance to talk about math concepts without solving a problem or coming up with an answer. They simply introduce these concepts in an entertaining and easy-to-understand way.
Below, I share our favorite math books for kids. Many of these take kids through counting, while others share concepts like shapes, numerals, and real-life math applications. Some even introduce historical figures important to math.
Take a look at these math books for kids for your next trip to the library or bookstore:
Math books for kids
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