Welcome to the Math Literature Library

Children’s books are another tool that can bring math to life for your child.

 

Here are a brief compilation of publications that can generate conversations, questions, lessons and exploration of math concepts.

 

Titles have been paired with suggested domains, summarization of topics and potential activities for quick and easy implementation.

 

Click on each title for more information.

For a list of recommended childrens' literature that presents a theme of Growth Mindset, click here:

Alexander- Who Used To Be Rich Last

Alexander- Who Used To Be Rich Last

By: Judith Viorst

Actual Size

Actual Size

By: Steve Jenkins Explore very large and very small animals in terms of ostrich eggs, the eyeball of a giant squid, and the head of a brown bear. This book fits real life animals and objects onto its pages so you can read, compare, and explore exotic creatures from your seat. Be able to figure out how big these animals would be if you passed a crocodile in the river, or found a giant squid in your bathtub, or saw an ostrich in your backyard!

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing

By: Ashley Spires

Round Trip

Round Trip

By: Ann Jonas Join a family on their way into the city. Read right side up as they travel many miles for dinner, a movie, and other city experiences like fireworks. Then as the sun sets, invert the book and read your way back out through marshes and inlets to the country.

10 Minutes till Bedtime

10 Minutes till Bedtime

By: Peggy Rathmann At 1 Hoppin Place the fun begins when a family of hamsters-with ten offspring wearing jerseys numbered from one to ten-arrives at the door. There are only ten minutes left, and there's still so much to do! But with the help of the Hamsters' 10-Minute Bedtime Tour (guided by his own pet hamster), the little boy is able to get his toys put away, his pajamas on, his teeth brushed, and his bedtime story read-all in the nick of time.

Grandfather Tang's Story

Grandfather Tang's Story

By: Ann Tompert Grandfather Tang is a master story teller! He tells Little Soo about crocodiles, squirrels, goldfish, hawks, and more- all made out of the same geometric shapes called tangrams. Join Little Soo as she sees Chou and Wu Ling change into all sorts of animal shapes to survive and become friends

Iggy Peck, Architect

Iggy Peck, Architect

By: Andrea Beaty

Pigs will be Pigs

Pigs will be Pigs

Fun with Math and Money By: Amy Axelrod

Ten on the Sled

Ten on the Sled

By: Kim Norman

Pigs on a Blanket

Pigs on a Blanket

Fun with Math and Time By: Amy Axelrod

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

By: JoAnn Deak

A Second is a Hiccup

A Second is a Hiccup

By: Hazel Hutchins

Ten Black Dots

Ten Black Dots

By: Donald Crews Count to ten as we see all the places dots can go- from a boat at sea, to the face of a snowman, to the eyes of a fox. Recognize that numbers are all around us and objects are ready to be counted!

Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose

Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose

By: Leo & Diane Dillon

One Watermelon Seed

One Watermelon Seed

By: Celia Lottridge

Counting Our way to Maine

Counting Our way to Maine

By: Maggie Smith

Perfect Square

Perfect Square

By: Michael Hall

So Many Circles, So Many Squares

So Many Circles, So Many Squares

By: Tana Hoban

How Do You Count a Doxen Ducklings?

How Do You Count a Doxen Ducklings?

By: In Seon Chae

The Greedy Triangle

The Greedy Triangle

By: Marilyn Burns

Quack and Count

Quack and Count

By: Keith Baker

Domino Addition

Domino Addition

By: Lynette Long

If You Were a Plus Sign

If You Were a Plus Sign

By: Trisha Speed Shaskan

California Early Math Project 2020