Top 25 Math Picture Books

Updated: Jul 26, 2018

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

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese


Pythagoras and the Ratios by Julie Ellis

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky


My Brothers' Flying Machine: Wilbur, Orville, and Me by Jane Yolen



Math Feats

Pyramid by David Macauley

The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann

The Hoover Dam by Elizabeth Mann


To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers by Wendie Old



Math Tales and Ideas

Anno's Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno


Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Mitsumasa Anno

One Grain of Rice by Demi


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.​


Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens by Cindy Neuschwander

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander

Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter by Cindy Neuschwander

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone by Cindy Neuschwander




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.


Math for All Seasons: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles by Greg Tang


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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