There are lots of great math picture books out there. I wanted to share some of our favorites from our library. The books get increasingly more difficult in concepts and reading level as you go through the list – starting with a preschool series and ending with geometry concepts.
Great Source Mathstart books have three different levels. These books are great for learning math concepts at a young age. I used them more when my older children were preschool age and early elementary, but I want to get them all again for my youngest. Our library has a large collection of these. Here are just three titles in the series:
Beep Beep Vroom Vroom! is one of the books in level 1. This one teaches patterns.
Super Sand Castle Saturday is from level 2 and teaches how to measure.
Game Time! is from level 3 and focuses on days, weeks, hours, minutes, and seconds.
Math is Categorical Series:
We love Brian P. Cleary’s English books and were really excited to see he had math books as well. These do a great job of introducing concepts and reinforcing ideas. All of these are part of the series Math is Categorical.
The titles really clue you in to their subject matter so I didn’t describe each one. We enjoy the fun cat illustrations and the sing-song rhyming throughout these books as well as the math content.
How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide
On the Scale, a Weighty Tale
A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many?
A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It: A Book about Time
The Mission of Addition
The Action of Subtraction
A Fraction’s Goal – Parts of a Whole
Charlesbridge Math Adventures:
The Charlesbridge Math Adventures are geared for a little older children. The concepts go from upper elementary math into high school math concepts. I shared about one of the single titles and a series within the Math Adventure series, but there are a number of others as well. We have loved all of the books we have read in this series.
A Place for Zero is a fun story about the number zero trying to find his place. It teaches about the Identity Property of Addition, the Zero Property of Multiplication, a x 0 = 0, and place value all during an adventure. The book mentions words like factors and products as well.
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table is the first Sir Cumference book in a series of fun math adventures in the Middle Ages. The knights, castles, and dragons add a lot of fun to the series while teaching math concepts. This book teaches radius, diameter, and circumference.
Other books in this series include:
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi which teaches an estimation of Pi and where the number comes from using the circumference formula through the book.
Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens teaches place value up through the thousands place through a story planning a party for the king and having tents to hold the guests.
Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland involves measuring angles with a protractor.
Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter works with perimeter and area of a circle.
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone deals with 3-dimensional objects and is 6th in the series. (Our library doesn’t have this one so I haven’t had a chance to read it.)
There seem to be new books still being added to this series. Here’s the whole list.
It seems like every time I search for math picture books, I find new ones to try. These three series are our favorites so far. Do you have any math picture books you like?