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Top 25 Math Picture Books

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Math picture books are an important aspect of our homeschool math studies. Picture books are an engaging, unpressured way to share the joy of math with my children. I don't want these books to feel like "assignments," so I purposely do NOT emphasize that these are math books. Instead, we just read and enjoy the books together.


Top 25 Math Picture Books

Math Biographies






Math Feats

Pyramid by David Macauley

The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann

The Hoover Dam by Elizabeth Mann




Math Tales and Ideas

Anno's Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno



How Much is a Million by David Schwartz


Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith




Sir Cumference Books

To make the most of these books, they are best read when we have plenty of time for extension activities, such as creating paper models of different shapes, making graphs, etc.​





Math Puzzles

These books can be a bit challenging, in a good way. They work best by taking plenty of time to explore different answers, making sure not to overly correct the child, and keeping the whole process fun and light. Kids who are easily frustrated by being incorrect may not enjoy these books as much, but these books can also be used to work on that character trait in a positive way.



The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang


Math Potatoes by Greg Tang





What are your family's favorite math picture books?




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Sarah
Sarah
05. Apr. 2018

Oh, I haven't seen those MathStart books before! Thanks for the recommendation!


My kids and husband like the Phantom Tollbooth, too. Something about it was off for me (I think my sense of humor just didn't mesh well with the author's), but I know lots of people love that one.

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We really like the MathStart picture book series for younger kids. http://www.mathstart.net/books.html And the Phantom Tollbooth as a chapter book.

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