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Math Literature for Kids

Math and literature aren’t usually used in the same sentence. They are usually taught as two separate subjects. What a lost opportunity!

Stories are relatable. They introduce math concepts in appealing, interesting, non-threatening ways. They make math come to life and feel accessible. Stories help students to arrive at deeper connections on their own, which is much more meaningful than learning presented to a child.

Literature helps connect math to other subjects, like history, geography and science. Holistic learning is the most effective.

My favorite math curriculum (I wrote it!) uses math literature strategically throughout, to both introduce and reinforce critical math concepts.

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Math-Related Picture Books for Kids

There are many children’s books that have math-related content and themes. When choosing literature, you may want to select books that either have math concepts that drive the story, or that are embedded in the story. Here are a few examples sorted by concept or skill.

  1. Missing Math by Loreen Leedy
  2. Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins
  3. Just Add Fun by Joanne Rocklin
  4. More or Less A Mess by Sheila Keenan
  5. Even Steven, Odd Todd by Kathryn Cristaldi

Picture Books that Teach Measurement

Measurement doesn’t get enough practice in the school setting, so these picture books are great for working it into the day!

  1. Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
  2. Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt
  3. Harold and the Purple Crayon: Big, Bigger, Biggest by Namrata Tripathi
  4. Much Bigger Than Martin by Stephen Kellogg
  5. Just a Little Bit by Anne Tompert
  6. The Long and Short of it by Cheryl Nathan
  7. More or Less by Stuart J. Murphy
  8. Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
  9. Cook-A-Doodle-Doo by Janet Stevens
  10. The Fattest, Tallest, Biggest Snowman Ever by Michael Rex
  11. Super Sand Castle Saturday by Stuart J. Murphy
  12. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
  13. How Tall, How Short, How Far Away? by David Adler
  14. Is a Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? by Robert E. Wells

Children’s Picture Books About Counting & Adding

Math Picture Books for Kids About Counting Backwards & Subtraction

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