54 Top-Rated Educational Math Books for Children

Waldo Otis
Apr 12, 2020 · 24 min read

Picture books about mathematics are the perfect cross-curricular tool to introduce your kids and students to complicated concepts and mathematical thinking. I made a list of my favorite math books to add to your library and inspire your children’s mathematical minds. Now, you can make learning math fun with these 54 unique math books for children!

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is written by Eric Litwin and illustrated James Dean. Buy on Amazon.

Which One Doesn’t Belong?: A Shapes Book

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Which One Doesn’t Belong?: A Shapes Book is written by Christopher Danielson. Buy on Amazon.

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

This book is an introduction for young readers to Albert Einstein. In this fascinating picture book biography, Berne’s text and Radunsky’s illustrations perfectly capture Einstein’s intense fascination with and curiosity about the world and his humor and passion for life. I like that it not only talks about his time as a scientist as an adult but how he always thought and wondered as a child.

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein is written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. Buy on Amazon.

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos is written by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Buy on Amazon.

Circle

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Circle is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Buy on Amazon.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race is written by Margot Lee Shetterly & Winifred Conkling and illustrated by Laura Freeman. Buy on Amazon.

Curious About Snow

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Curious About Snow is written by Gina Shaw. Buy on Amazon.

Math Curse

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Math Curse is written by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith | Buy on Amazon.

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

10 Little Rubber Ducks

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10 Little Rubber Ducks is written by Eric Carle. Buy on Amazon.

The Rabbit Problem

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The Rabbit Problem is written by Emily Gravett. Buy on Amazon.

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

Goodreads rate: 4.15

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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? is written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Buy on Amazon.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

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Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine is written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by April Chu. Buy on Amazon.

Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Snowflake Bentley

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Snowflake Bentley is written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian. Buy on Amazon.

Fractions in Disguise: A Math Adventure

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Fractions in Disguise: A Math Adventure is written by Edward Einhorn and illustrated by David Clark. Buy on Amazon.

The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations

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The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations is written by Boris A. Kordemsky. Buy on Amazon.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated Daniel Rieley. Buy on Amazon.

Even Steven and Odd Todd

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Even Steven And Odd Todd is written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Henry Morehouse. Buy on Amazon.

What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure

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What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure is written by Julie Ellis and illustrated by Phyllis Hornung. Buy on Amazon.

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

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Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money is written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Buy on Amazon.

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

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The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure is written by Hans Magnus Enzensberger and illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner. Buy on Amazon.

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars

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A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars is written by Seth Fishman. Buy on Amazon.

The Phantom Tollbooth

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The Phantom Tollbooth is written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Buy on Amazon.

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

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One Gorilla: A Counting Book is written by Anthony Browne. Buy on Amazon.

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

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Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci is written by Joseph D’Agnese and illustrated by John O’Brien. Buy on Amazon.

This is Not a Maths Book: A Smart Art Activity Book

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature is written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes. Buy on Amazon.

Zero

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Zero is written by Kathryn Otoshi. Buy on Amazon.

Infinity and Me

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Infinity and Me is written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska. Buy on Amazon.

Wild Fibonacci: Nature’s Secret Code Revealed

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Wild Fibonacci: Nature’s Secret Code Revealed is written by Joy N. Hulme. Buy on Amazon.

A Very Improbable Story

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A Very Improbable Story is written by Edward Einhorn and illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Buy on Amazon.

Triangle

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Triangle is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Buy on Amazon.

How Much Is a Million?

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How Much Is a Million is written by David M. Schwartz and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. | Buy on Amazon.

Each Orange Had 8 Slices

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Each Orange Had 8 Slices is written by Paul Giganti Jr. and illustrated by Donald Crews. Buy on Amazon.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure

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Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure is written by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Wayne Geehan. | Buy on Amazon.

Grapes Of Math

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Grapes Of Math is written by Greg Tang, and illustrated by Harry Briggs. Buy on Amazon.

The Greedy Triangle

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The Greedy Triangle is written by Marilyn Burns and illustrated by Syd Hoff & Gordon Silveria. Buy on Amazon.

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

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The Librarian Who Measured the Earth is written by Kathryn Lasky and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Buy on Amazon.

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale

Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving

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Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving is written by Greg Tang and illustrated by Greg Paprocki. Buy on Amazon.

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

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Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi is written by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Wayne Geehan. Buy on Amazon.

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone

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Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone is written by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Wayne Geehan. Buy on Amazon.

Measuring Penny

Penny’s nose = 1 inch long
Penny’s tail = 1 dog biscuit long
Penny’s paw print = 3 centimeters wide

… and that’s only the beginning! Lisa learns a lot about her dog and about measuring and even has fun doing it. This clear and engaging concept book, delivered with a sense of humor, is certain to win over the most reluctant mathematician.

Goodreads rate: 4.08

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Measuring Penny is written by Loreen Leedy. Buy on Amazon.

A Remainder of One

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A Remainder of One is written by Elinor J. Pinczes and illustrated by Bonnie Mackain. Buy on Amazon.

G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book

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G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book is written by David M. Schwartz and illustrated by Marissa Moss. Buy on Amazon.

Zero the Hero

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Zero the Hero is written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Buy on Amazon.

Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry

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Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry is written by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Bryan Langdo. Buy on Amazon.

Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin

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Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin is written by Pam Calvert and illustrated by Wayne Geehan. Buy on Amazon.

Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar

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Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar is written by Mitsumasa Anno and illustrated by Masaichiro Anno. Buy on Amazon.

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

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Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 is written by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Buy on Amazon.

Perfect Square

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Perfect Square is written by Michael Hall. Buy on Amazon.

2 X 2 = Boo!: A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories

Math and Magic in Wonderland

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Math and Magic in Wonderland is written by Lilac Mohr. Buy on Amazon.

However, Mathematics

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics…

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However, Mathematics

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics.

Waldo Otis

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I know that you need some words to talk. Here, reading will be perfect for you.

However, Mathematics

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics.

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