FAVORITE MATH BOOKS

Make math fun with these beautiful books. Great for a wide range of ages  - vibrant art to engage the littlest readers, but, like math itself, the entertaining stories contain awe-inspiring levels of complexity to inspire further exploration. Also see our guide to STEM websites & games.

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The Grapes Of Math

Learn how to solve math problems in the most creative ways with Greg Tang, a lifelong lover of mat. Practice grouping numbers for quick counting with vibrant & inviting illustrations, innovative games, rhyming couplets and riddles.

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice

With a dinnertime mystery and 5 hungry suspects, Charlie Piechart makes fractions fun. Colorful with cool retro design and lots of fun moments.

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

Math is woven throughout the richly layered illustrations in this charming biography of eccentric Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until…

The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague

Meet Raye Montague―the hidden mastermind who made waves in the U.S. Navy. Illustrated rhymes tell of a gifted mathematician who overcame sexism and racial inequality to be recognized as a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever. Includes a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from…

7 Ate 9

Lots of play with words and numbers in this picture book with a fun film noir vibe. 6 has a problem. Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But…

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars

Playful illustrations and friendly, straightforward text illuminate some of the biggest numbers in the universe—a hundred billion trillion stars—and the smallest—one unique and special you. Explore the world of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth.

Math Curse

Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes till the bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants — can you make 1 good outfit? Don’t worry — it’s just the…

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius for wordplay, puns, and problem solving in clever math adventures. The first in a series that makes math fun and accessible for everyone, especially fans of castles and knights. Other titles include the Dragon of Pi, the Great Knight of Angleland and the Sword…

How Much Is a Million?

Ever wonder just what a million of something means? How about a billion? Or a trillion? Explore complex numbers in a fun, vibrant picture book. Includes a letter from the author with several ways for children to find a million everyday things.

Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

This fun-to-read biography of an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, writer, slave owner and third U.S. president unveils the many facets of this founding father’s remarkable and complicated life. Part of a popular series that also has books on Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and the Declaration of Independence.