March 3, 2010

Living Math - Math Read-alouds

Here is a list of books I've gathered to be used as math read-alouds.  Most of them would qualify as "living math".  I've organized them (roughly) in the order a child would learn the concepts.  I have NOT read them all so don't get mad if the book stinks!  

1 is One - Tasha Tudor
26 Letters and 99 Cents - Tana Hoban
100 Days of Cool - Stuart Murphy (#s 1-100)
A Number of Dragons - Loreen Leedy
A Shaker's Dozen - Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen
Animal Babies: A Counting Book - Daniel Moreton
Animal Numbers - Bert Kitchen (Counting & number recog to 100)
April Rabbits - David Cleveland
Bat Jamboree - Kathi Applet
Chicken Little Count to Ten - Margaret Friskey
Emperor and the New Kite - Jane Yolen
Every Buddy Counts - Stuart Murphy
Fish Eyes - Lois Ehlert
Five Chinese Brothers - Clair Huchet Bishop
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Eileen Christelow
Frogs Jump - Alan Brooks
Henry the Fourth - Stuart Murphy (ordinal numbers)
How Many Can you See? - Hannah Reidy
How Many Feet in the Bed? - Diane Johnston Ham
How Many Hippos?: A Mix-And-Match Counting Book - Muff Singer
How Many Snails?  A Counting Book - Paul Giganti, Jr.
Jack the Builder - Stuart Murphy (adding on)
Leaping Lizards - Stuart Murphy (counting by 5s and 10s)
Little Quack - Lauren Thompson
Mouse by Mouse: A Counting Adventure - Julia Noonan
Mouse Trail - Mary Octavia Davis
Number Ideas Through Pictures - Mannis Charosh
Number One, Number Fun - Kay Chorao
Numbers (The) - Monique Felix
One...Two... Three... Sassafrass - Stuart Murphy
One Green Mosquito Tree - Jernigan Gisela
One Hungry Monster - Susan Heyboer O'Keefe
One Lonely Seahorse - Joost Elffers
Pigs From 1 to 10 - Arthur Geisert
Right Number of Elephants- Jeff Sheppard
Roman Numerals - David A. Adler
Seven Blind Mice - Ed Young
Seven Diving Ducks - Margaret Friskey
Seven Silly Eaters - Mary Ann Hoberman
Sheep Asleep - Gloria Rothstein
Six Dinner Sid - Inga Moore
Splash - Ann Jonas
Ten Sly Piranhas - William Wise
When Sheep Cannot Sleep - Satoshi Kitamura
Who Invited You? - Candace Fleming

Shapes (there are so many shape books that I've only included a few I'd never heard of - the rest you can easily find on a library shelf)
Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes - Stuart Murphy
Circus Shapes - Stuart Murphy (recognizing shapes)
Picture Pie - Ed Emberley
Picture Pie 2 - Ed Emberley
Windows, Rings and Grapes – A Look at Different Shapes – Brian Cleary

3 Little Firefighters - Stuart Murphy (sorting)
A Pair of Socks - Stuart Murphy (matching sets)
A-b-a-b-a – A Book of Pattern Play – Brian Cleary
Beep, Beep...Vroom, Vroom - Stuart Murphy (patterns, sorting)
Changes, Changes - Pat Hutchins (visual and auditory patterns)
More or Less a Mess - Sheila Keenan (sorting, categorizing)
Only One - Marc Harshman (sets)
Patterns in Peru - Cindy Neuschwander
Rabbits Pajama Party - Stuart Murphy (sequencing)
Seaweed Soup - Stuart Murphy (matching sets)

Clever Cat - Peter Collington
Cookie's Week - Cindy Ward
Day by Day a Week Goes Round - Carol Diggory Shields
Dinosaur Days - Linda Manning
First Things First - Charlotte Voak
Happy Birthday, Word Bird - Jane Belk Moncure
Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat - Catherine Ann Cullen
Oliver's Vegetables - Vivian French
On Friday Something Funny Happened - John Prater
One Lighthouse, One Moon - Anita Lobel
Three Two One Day - Debbie Discoll (maybe Driscoll)
Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
What a Wonderful Day to be a Cow - Carolyn Lesser

Jessie Bear, What Will You Wear? - Nancy White Carlstrom
My Grandmother's Clock - Geraldine McCaughrean (clocks and calendars)
Pepper's Journal - Stuart Murphy (calendar)

A Busy Year - Leo Lionni
A Red Wagon Year - Kathi Appelt
A Year of Beasts - Ashley Wolff
A Year for Kiko - Ferida Wolff
All Year Long - Nancy Tafuri
Calendarbears:  A Book of Months - Kathleen Hague
Caps, Hats, Socks and Mittens - Louise W. Borden
Chicken Soup with Rice - Maurice Sendak
How Do You Say it Today, Jesse Bear? - Nancy White Carlstrom
Jump for Joy: A Book of Months - Megan Halsey
Month By Month A Year Goes Round - Carol Diggory Shields
What Will the Weather Be Like Today? - Paul Rogers
When the Box is Full - Patricia Lillie
Year at Maple Hill Farm - Alice Provensen

12 Ways to Get to 11 - Eve Merriam
A High-Fiving Gift for Mom - Judy Bradbury (includes $ and skip counting)
Action of Subtraction – Brian Cleary
Animals On Board - Stuart Murphy
Each Orange Has 8 Slices - Paul Giganti
Double Bubble Trouble - Judy Bradbury (counting by 2s)
Double the Ducks - Stuart Murphy (doubling numbers)
Elevator Magic - Stuart Murphy (subtraction)
Family Minus - Fernando Krahn
Five Silly Fishermen - Roberta Edwards
Grapes of Math - Greg Tang (moving into multiplication)
Great Take-Away - Louise Mathews
Jack the Builder - Stuart Murphy (adding on)
Leaping Lizards - Stuart Murphy (counting by 5s and 10s)
Mall Mania - Stuart Murphy (addition strategies)
Math-Terpieces - Greg Tang
Math Fables - Greg Tang
Math for All Season - Greg Tang
Mission Addition - Loreen Leedy
Mission of Addition – Brian Cleary
Monster Musical Chairs - Stuart Murphy (subtracting by 1)
Mouse Count - Ellen Stoll Walsh
Mystery of the Farmer's Three Fives - Margaret Friskey
Next Stop Grand Central - Maira Kalman
Numberline Lane series - Fiona Reynolds
One Carton of OOPS - Judy Bradbury
One More Bunny - Rick Walton
Panda Math - Ann Whitehead Nagda (subtraction)
Ready, Set, Hop - Stuart Murphy
Safari Park - Stuart Murphy
Sea Sums - Joy Hulme
Shark Swimathon - Stuart Murphy (subtract 2 digit numbers)
Spunky Monkeys on Parade - Stuart Murphy (counting by 2s, 3s, 4s)
Stay in Line - Teddy Slater
Tally O'Malley - Stuart Murphy
This is the House That Jack Built - Liz Underhill

Animals on Board - Stuart Murphy
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo - Kevin Lewis
More, Fewer. Less - Tana Hoban (operations)
Splash! - Ann Jonas

Tens, Hundreds, Place Value
100 Days of Cool - Stuart Murphy
12 Ways to Get to 11 - Eve Merriam
512 Ant on Sullivan Street - Carol Losi (doubling)
98, 99, 100.  Ready or Not, Here I Come - Teddy Slater (skip counting of various numbers)
Base Five (Young Math) - David Adler
Binary Numbers - Clyde Watson
Counting Systems - Marnie Luce
Earth Day - Hooray! - Stuart Murphy
Fair Bear Share - Stuart Murphy (regrouping)
How Did Numbers Begin? - Mindel Sitomer (history of numbers)
King's Chessboard - David Birch
Millions of Cats - Wanda Gag
Monster Math Picnic - Grace Maccarone
Mouse Count - Ellen Stoll Walsh
One Hundred Hungry Ants - Elinor Pinczes
One Hundred is a Family - Pat Munoz Ryan
Roman Numerals I to MM - Athur Geisart
Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt - Beatrice Lumpkin (addition, multiplication, number bases)
Tea for Ten - Lena Anderson
Ten Friends - Bruce Goldstone
Ten Monkey Jamboree - Dianne Ochiltree
Two Hundred Rabbits - Lonzo Anderson

Even Steven and Odd Todd - Kathryn Cristaldi
Missing Mittens - Stuart Murphy (odd and even)
My Even Day – Doris Fisher
Number Ideas Through Pictures - Mannis Charosh  (even,square/triangular numbers)
Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers - Jerry Pallotta
Odds and Evens - Thomas O'Brien
One Odd Day - Doris Fisher (odd and even numbers)
Underwater Counting: Even Numbers - Jerry Pallotta

A Place for Zero - Angeline Sparagna Lopresti
Zero is not Nothing - Mindel and Harry Sitomer

Blast Off of Earth!: A Look at Geography - Loreen Leedy
Bug Dance - Stuart Murphy (directions)
Dear Benjamin Banneker - Brian Pinkney (land surveyor)
Felix Explores Planet Earth - Annette Langen
How Big Is a Foot? - Rolf Myller
How Little and How Much: A Book about Scales - Franklyn M. Branley
How Much and How Many - Jeanne Bendick
How Tall, How Short, How Faraway - David Adler
If You Hopped Like a Frog - David M. Schwartz
Inch By Inch - Leo Lionni
Inchworm and a Half - Elinor J. Pinczes
How Long or How Wide? – Brian Cleary
Learning About Measurement - Sylvia Horne
Librarian Who Measured the Earth - Kevin Hawkes
Long and Short of Measurements - Vicki Cobb
Mapping Penny's World - Loreen Leedy
Many Moons - James Thurber (size, distance)
Measuring Penny - Loreen Leedy
Mighty Maddie - Stuart Murphy (comparing weights)
Millions to Measure - David M. Schwartz
On the Scale, a Weighty Tale – Brian Cleary
Pigs in the Pantry - Amy Axelrod (measuring and following directions)
Polly's Pen Pal - Stuart Murphy (metrics)
Room for Ripley - Stuart Murphy (capacity)
So Big!  My First Measuring Book - Keith Falkner
Super Saturday Sand Castle - Stuart Murphy (measuring)
Sven's Bridge - Anita Lobel
Too Many Cooks - Andrea Buckless
Treasure Map - Stuart Murphy (mapping)
Weighing & Balancing - Jane Jonas Srivastava
What's Up With That Cup? - Sheila Keenan
Where's My Teddy? - Jez Albourough
Who Put the Pepper in the Pot? - Joanna Cole

Actual Size - Steve Jenkins
Averages - Jane Jonas Srivastava
Best Bug Parade - Stuart Murphy
Betcha! - Stuart Murphy
Bigger and Smaller - Robert Froman
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest - Steve Jenkins
Counting on Frank - Rod Clement
Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop - Stuart Murphy (classifying)
Estimation - Charles Linn
Equal Shmequal - Virginia Kroll
Fattest, Tallest, Biggest Snowman Ever - Bettina Ling
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest - Steve Jenkins
How Much, How Many, How Far..... - Helen Nolan
How Tall, How Short, How Far Away - David Adler
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie - Alison Jackson
If You Hopped Like a Frog - David Schwartz
Is the Blue Whale the Biggest Thing Ever? - Robert Wells
Jim and the Beanstalk - Raymond Briggs
Just Enough Carrots - Stuart Murphy
Long, Short, High, Low, Thin, Wide - James T. Fey
Mice Twice - Joseph Low (size, perspective)
Mighty Maddie - Stuart Murphy (comparing weight)
More or Less - Stuart Murphy (comparing numbers)
Much Bigger Than Martin - Steven Kellogg
Slower Than a Snail - Anne Schreiber
So Big!  My First Measuring Book - Keith Falkner
Tallest, Shortest, Longest, Greenest.... - Keith Falkner
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback
Twice Upon a Time - Irwin Shapiro
What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah? - Robert Wells
What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? - Robert Wells
What's Up With That Cup? - Sheila Keenan

Bats Around the Clock - Kathi Appelt
Bunny Day:  Telling Time From Breakfast to Bedtime - Rick Walton
Chimp Math - Ann Whitehead Nagda (time)
Game Time! - Stuart Murphy (time)
Get Up and Go - Stuart Murphy (timelines)
Grouchy Ladybug - Eric Carle (clocks and calendars)
It's About Time - Stuart Murphy (hours)
Rodeo Time - Stuart Murphy (reading a schedule)
Time for Friends - Luke Holzmann
What Time is it Mr. Crocodile? - Judy Sierra

26 Letters and 99 Cents - Tana Hoban
A Bargain for Frances - Russell Hoban
A Day's Work - Eve Bunting (value of work)
A Kid's Guide to Managing Money - Joy Wilt
A Quarter From the Tooth Fairy - Caren Holtzman
Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday - Judith Viorst (money management)
Arthur's Funny Money - Lillian Hoban
Benny's Pennies - Pat Brisson
Big Buck Adventure - Shelley Gill
Bunny Money - Rosemary Wells
Ginger & Pickles - Beatrix Potter (credit, borrowing, running business)
How Much is that Guinea Pig in the Window? - Joanne Rocklin
How to Get Fabulously Rich - Thomas Rockwell (chapter book)
If You Made a Million - David Schwartz
Irene and the Big Fine Nickel - Irene Smalls
Lunch Line - Karen Berman Nagel
Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday - Stephen Manes (chapter book)
Making Sense of Money - Vicki Cobb
Math Man - Teri Daniels (grocery store math story)
Monster Money - Penny Maccarone
Monster Money Book - Loreen Leedy
Money Tree - Sarah Stewart
Money Troubles - Bill Cosby Little Bill series
Mr. Monopoly's Amusement Park, A Math Adventure - Jackie Glassman
No Small Change - John Luksetich (money plus greater than concepts)
One Bright Penny - Geraldine McCaughrean
Penny Pot - Stuart Murphy (coin combinations)
Pigs Will Be Pigs - Amy Axelrod (money)
Slugger's Car Wash - Stuart Murphy (dollars and cents)
Tight Times - Barbara Shook Hazen (dad loses job)
Toothpaste Millionaire - Jean Merrill

512 Ant on Sullivan Street - Carol Losi (doubling)
98, 99, 100.  Ready or Not, Here I Come - Teddy Slater (skip counting of various numbers)
Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream - Cindy Neuschwander (multiplication as fast counting)
Arctic Fives Arrive - Elinor Pinczes (skip counting by 5s)
Building Tables on Tables: A Book about Multiplication - John V. Trivett
Bunches of Bunnies - Louise Mathews (intro to multiplication)
Double the Ducks - Stuart Murphy (doubling)
Elsie Times Eight - Natalie Babbitt
Grapes of Math - Greg Tang (moving into multiplication)
Henry and the Boy Who Thought Fleas Were Numbers - Marjorie Kaplan (multiplication tables)
Just Add Fun - Joann Rocklin (multiplication)
King's Commissioners - Aileen Friedman (multiplication, skip counting)
Math Appeal - Greg Tang (grouping and skip counting)
Multiplying Menace:  The Revenge of Rumpilstiltskin - Pam Calvert
One Hundred Hungry Ants - Elinor Pinczes
Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt - Beatrice Lumpkin (addition, multiplication)
Socrates and the Three Little Pigs - Mitsumasa Anno (advanced, but use for multiplication, skip counting)
Spunky Monkeys on Parade - Stuart Murphy (counting by 2s, 3s, 4s)
Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do - Stuart Murphy (intro to multiplication)
Two Ways to Count to Ten - Ruby Dee

A Remainder of One - Elinor Pinczes (division, factors)
Cheetah Math - Ann Whitehead Nagda (division)
Divide and Ride - Stuart Murphy (division)
Doorbell Rang - Pat Hutchins (intro to division)
Great Divide: A Mathematical Marathon - Dayle Ann Dodds (halving)
Greatest Guessing Game: A Book about Dividing - Robert Froman
One Hungry Cat - Joann Rocklin (division)
Rabbit and Hare Divide an Apple - Harriet Ziefert
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All - Marilyn Burns (division)

Calculator Mania - Planet Dexter editors (decimals)

Coyotes All Around - Stuart Murphy (rounding)

Square Numbers
My Full Moon is Square - Elinor Pinczes (intro to square numbers)
Sea Squares - Joy Hulme (squaring)

Apple Fractions - Jerry Pallotta
Doggone Lemonade Stand - Judy Bradbury (fractions)
Each Orange Has 8 Slices - Paul Giganti (addition, subtraction, division)
Eating Fractions - Bruce McMillan (fractions)
Everything is Coming up Fractions - John Bradford
Fraction Action - Loreen Leedy (fractions)
Fraction Fun - David Adler
Fractions are Parts of Things - J. Richard Dennis
Fractions Jugglers - Ruth Alexander Bell (fractions up to 12 so easier to understand)
Full House: An Invitation to Fractions - Dayle Ann Dodds - doubling and fractions
Give Me Half - Stuart Murphy (fractions)
Grandfather Tang's Story - Ann Tompert (fractions, tangrams, geometry)
Grizzly Gazette - Stuart Murphy (fractions)
Jump, Kangaroo, Jump - Stuart Murphy (fractions)
My Half Day – Doris Fisher
One Hungry Cat - Joann Rocklin (division, fractions)
Piece = Part = Portion - Scott Gifford (fractions, decimals, percents)
Pizza Math:  How Do Octopi Eat Pizza Pie (I Love Math) - Time Life Books  (fractions)
Polar Bear Math - Ann Whitehead Nagda (fractions)
Working With Fractions - David A. Adler -  fractions through pictures
Zoo Fair Shares - Patricia Whitehouse (portions, younger kids)
Zoo Math:  Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Number Families
Number Families - Jane Srivastava (number series)
Roman Numerals - David A. Adler
Thirteen - Remy Charlip
This is 4: The Idea of a Number - Arthur Razzell
What's a Pair?  What's a Dozen? - Stephen R. Swinburne

Negative Numbers
Less than Nothing is Really Something - Robert Froman
Less Than Zero - Stuart Murphy ($, graphing, negative numbers)

Large Numbers, Exponents, Infinity
512 Ants on Sullivan Street - Carol A. Losi (doubling exponentially)
Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar - Masaichiro Anno (size, perspective, counting, nesting, factorials)
Arm in Arm - Remy Charlip (paradox, infinite loops)
Is the Blue Whale the Biggest Thing Ever? - Robert Wells (why we have lg. numbers)
Hooray for Me - Remy Charlip (relationship, nesting)
How Much is a Million? - Frank Schwartz
Infinity, What Is It? - Marnie Luce
King's Chessboard - David Birch (doubling exponentially)
Math Curse - Jon Scieszka
Millions of Cats - Wanda Gag
On Beyond a Million - David Schwartz (lg. numbers, exponents)
One Grain of Rice - Demi (doubling exponentially)

A Very Improbably Story - Edward  Einhorn (probability)
Anno's Magic Seeds - Masaichiro Anno
Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar - Masaichiro Anno
Best Vacation Ever - Stuart Murphy (collecting data)
Do You Wanna Bet? - Jean Cushman
Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales - Theoni Pappas
Graph Games - Frederique and Papy
Great Graph Contest - Loreen Leedy (graphs)
Lemonade for Sale - Stuart Murphy (bar graphs)
Less Than Zero - Stuart Murphy (graphing, negative numbers)
Number Devil - Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Odds & Chances for Kids -Manfred Riedel (probability, history, stories. Much is in storytelling form)
Pigs at Odds - Amy Axelrod
Pigs on the Ball - Amy Axelrod
Probably Penny - Loreen Leedy (probability)
Probably Pistachio - Stuart Murphy (probability)
Same Old Horse - Stuart Murphy (predictions)
Socrates and the Three Little Pigs - Tuyosi Mori
Sundae Scoop - Stuart Murphy (combinations)
Tiger Math - Ann Whitehead Nagda (graphing)

3D, 2D, 1D - David Adler
A Cloak for the Dreamer - Aileen Friedman
Ancient Mystery of Tangrams - Quarto Children's Books
Angles are Easy as Pie - Robert Froman
Area - Jane Jonas Srivastava
Bigger, Better, Best - Stuart Murphy (area)
Boy With Square Eyes - Juliet Snape
Captain Invincible and the Space Ships - Stuart Murphy (3d shapes)
Circles - Mindel and Harry Sitomer
Circles and Curves - Arthur Razell
Eight Hands Round - Ann Whitford Paul (quilt design)
Ellipse - Mannis Charosh
Goat in the Rug - Charles Blood (Navajo weaving story)
Grandfather Tang's Story - Ann Tompert
Greedy Triangle - Marilyn Burns
Hamster Champs - Stuart Murphy (angles)
Harlequin - Remy Charlip
House for Birdie - Stuart Murphy (understanding capacity)
In Shadowland - Masaichiro Anno
Let's Fly a Kite - Stuart Murphy (symmetry)
Lines, Segments, Polygon - Mindel
Mighty Maddie - Stuart Murphy (comparing weights)
Mother, Mother, I Feel Sick... - Remy Charlip
Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry - Cindy Neuschwander
My Full Moon is Square - Elinor Pinczes (intro to square numbers)
Opt, An Illusionary Tale - Arline Baum (geometry, proportions, measurement)
Paper Crane - Molly Bang (origami)
Paper John - David Small (origami)
Patchwork Quilt - Valerie Flournoy
Quilt Counting - Lesa Cline-Ransome
Racing Around - Stuart Murphy (perimeter)
Reflections - Ann Jonas (symmetry, perspective)
Rubber Bands, Baseballs and Doughnuts: A Book about Topology - Robert Froman
Shadow Geometry - Daphne Harwood Trivett
Shape of Things - Dayle Ann Dodds
Shape Up: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons - David Adler
Silly Story of Goldilocks and the Three Squares - Grace Maccarone
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi - Cindy Neuschwander
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table -  Cindy Newschwander (geometry shapes)
Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland - Cindy Neuschwander
Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter -  Cindy Neuschwander
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone - Cindy Neuschwander
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All - Marilyn Burns (area, perimeter, division)
Spider Weaver - Margaret Musgrove
Squarehead - Harriet Ziefert
Straight Lines, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines - Mannis Charosh
Super Sand Castle Saturday - Stuart Murphy (measuring)
Three Pigs, One Wolf and Seven Magic Shapes - Grace MacCarone
Triangle, Square, Circle - William Wegman
Village of Round and Square Houses - Ann Grifalconi
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? – Julie Ellis
What Is It? Spin -about book - Beau Gardner
What is Symmetry? - Mindel and Harry Sitomer
When  a Line Bends...a Shape Begins - Rhonda Gowler Greene
Wing on a Flea - Ed Emberley
Who Took the Farmer's Hat? - Joan Nodset
Logic/Relationships/Problem Solving
Anno's Hat Tricks - Masaichiro Anno
Case of the Backyard Treasure - Joanne Rocklin
Case of the Missing Birthday Party - Joanne Rocklin
Galaxy Getaway (Math for Martians) - Julie Ferris, 2nd or 3rd grade (problem solving)
Hooray for Me! - Remy Charlip
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff, other books from series as well
One Fine Day - Nonny Hogrogian
Only One - Marc Harshman
Planet Omnicrom (Math for Martians) - Julie Ferris (problem solving)
Shortcut - David Macaulay
Solomon Grundy, Born on Oneday: A Finite Arithmetic Puzzle - Malcolm E. Weiss
Terrible Tiger - Jack Prelutsky
That's Good, That's Bad - Joan Lexau
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback
Tic-Tac-Toe, Three in a Row - Judith Bauer Stamper
Tikki Tikki Tembo - Arlene Mosel
Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Finish This Book - Remy Charlip
Why the Chicken Crossed the Road - David Macaulay
Yes, No, Stop, Go - Judith Gersting (math stories and problem solving)

666 Jellybeans! All That? An Introduction to Algebra - Malcolm E. Weiss
Ready, Set, Hop - Stuart Murphy (building equations)
Safari Park - Stuart Murphy (finding unknowns)

Other concepts/Multiple Concepts
Alice in Numberland (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Bug Dance - Stuart Murphy (directions)
Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Dinosaur Deals - Stuart Murphy (equivalent values)
Fortunately - Remy Charlip (opposites, prediction)
From Head to Toe: Body Math (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Greatest Gymnast of All - Stuart Murphy (opposites)
House That Math Built: House Math (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Just Enough Carrots - Stuart Murphy (comparing quantities)
Look Both Ways, City Math (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Missing Math, A Number Mystery - Loreen Leedy (why we need numbers)
Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Pigs in the Corner - Amy Axelrod (directions)
Pterodactyl Tunnel: Amusement Park Math (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Right in Your Own Backyard: Nature Math (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Rosie's Walk - Pat Hutchins (spatial relationships)
Search For the Mystery Planet: Space Math (I Love Math) - Time Life Books
Seven Chinese Brothers - Margaret Mahy (cause/effect, relationship chain)
Some Things Go Together - Charlotte Zolotow (relationships, matching)
Statistics - Jane Srivastava (excellent intro to statistics for younger)
Venn Diagrams - Robert Froman
Math Monsters (Slim Goodbody) - has some free clips to watch
Schoolhouse Rock
Leap Frog Math Circus
Googol Power - has some free clips
Mathtacular 1, 2 and 3

Upper Elementary
13 Clocks - James Thurber (logic, has other books as well)
A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears - Jules Feiffer (logic, has other books as well)
Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat - Theoni Pappas
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (logic)
Archimedes and the Door of Science - Jeanne Bendick (simple machines, etc)
Beanstalk: The Measure Of A Giant - Ann McCallum
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares - Frank Murphy
Book of Think - Marilyn Burns (logic)
Boy Who Reversed Himself - William Sleator
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions - Edwin A. Abbott
Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So - Ian Stewart
G is for Googol - David Schwartz
I Hate Mathematics Book - Marilyn Burns
How To Lie With Charts - Gerald Everett Jones
How To Lie With Statistics - Darrell Huff
Jack Tales - Richard Chase
Joy of Mathematics - Theoni Pappas
Life by the Numbers - Kevin Devlin
Man in the Ceiling - Jules Feiffer
Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures - Malba Tahan
Mathematicians Are People, Too – Luetta and Wilbert Reimer
Mathematicians Are People, Too: Volume 2 – Luetta and Wilbert Reimer
Math Curse - Jon Scieszka
Math Trek - Ivars Peterson (logic games, etc)
Math Trek 2 - Ivars Peterson
Math Smart Junior - Marcia Lerner (upper elementary, covers both subjects)
More Stories to Solve - George Shannon
Murderous Maths series - Kjartan Poskitt (in the following order)
Murderous Maths - (basics plus some random things)
More Murderous Maths  (area, plus lots of random things)
Essential Arithmaticks - (addition, subtraction, division, multplication)
The Mean and Vulgar Bits (fractions and averages)
Desperate Measures: Length, Area, Volume
Do You Feel Lucky? (probability)
Vicious Circles and Other Savage Shapes (geometry)
Numbers: Keys to the Universe (facts about numbers, not so much a math how-to)
Phantom X (algebra)
Fiendish Angletron (trig, geometry, ratios)
Perfect Sausage and Other Fundamental Formulas (book of formulas w/explanations)
Number Devil - Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
Planiverse - A.K. Dewdney
Power of UN - Nancy Etchemendy
Riddle-Iculous Math - Joan Holub
String, Straightedge and Shadow - Julia Diggins
Sylvie and Bruno - Lewis Carroll (logic)
Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know... -  Edward Zacarro
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? - Richard J. Maybury (economics)


  1. Oh this is absolutely wonderful. I am trying to introduce more living math into our home. Thank you for all of your hard work, very much appreciated. :)

  2. I've linked to this post and briefly posted about it on my blog. :)

  3. Wow! I am going to link to your post on my blog as well and run to the library to get some of the titles. Thanks so much for posting it!

  4. Wow! What a fantastic list! I'm going to have to come back and write some of these down. Stopping by via the blog hop!

  5. love this list - thank you so much!! i am also gonna link to it on my blog!

  6. Fabulous list!!! Thanks for sharing. Like a few others who have commented, I'm also going to link it to my blog!

  7. An awesome list! Thank you so much. I came across a site yesterday that suggests problem solving tasks to go with some of the books you have listed:

  8. FABULOUS compilation!! As a primary teacher, I'll keep this handy. Thank you!!