5 Great Math Books for Kids

by admin on January 13, 2011

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Children grow up learning from play. Whether it’s words or numbers, if we make it fun, learning becomes fun. Learning numbers and math is all part of growing up and understanding the world around us. Children may learn numbers by counting their fingers, their toes, their siblings, their food, the birds flying in the sky, and so much more.

Here are five great math books for children of various ages.  Whether you’re looking for a book for the preschooler or junior high school child in your life, there’s a little something for everyone here.

The Clock Struck One: A Time-telling Tale (Math Is Fun!)
Published: 2009
Ages: 4-8
This 32-page picture book follows a cat and a mouse throughout the day. At different strikes of the hour the cat and mouse are on to different activities.  While learning of their activities at different points in the day, children also have an opportunity to learn about the different objects available to tell time, from cuckoo clocks to pocket watches.
Follow-the-Directions: Solve & Draw Math (3-5): Fun Reproducible Activities That Challenge Students to Solve Problems and Follow Directions to Reveal a Mystery Picture
Published: 2009
Ages: 7-10 (Grades 3-5)
Mathematical topics covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, geometry, measurement, and more.  Each correctly completed activity reveals a mystery picture . This book is not only educational but also engaging and fun.


Can I Have Some Money?: Max Gets It!
Published: 2010
Ages: Elementary Grade Level
While learning math is important, learning how to apply math in life is just as important. This book tells a story of a 10-year old boy named Max. Max is looking to buy a video game for himself.  We learn about his journey to understanding earning, spending and budgeting his allowance.  Eventually he buys a video game for himself with his earned allowance and we see how he becomes financially responsible.

One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math!
Published: 2010
Ages: 9-12
This 160-page paperback is filled with mysteries both kids and parents can enjoy solving using mathethical skills.  It’s not only entertaining, but also educational. Each mystery can even be a race between you and your child to see who can solve the problem first. The authors have written other books such as One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!

Super Sudoku Math: Multiplication & Division Facts: 40+ Reproducible Puzzles That Motivate Students to Practice and Master Math Facts
Published: 2010
Ages: 9-12
Help children learn math by incorporating Sudoku puzzles. From fractions to multiplying to dividing to decimals, children practice important math skills while enjoying puzzles.

Make learning math fun for children through different activities, puzzles and interesting stories.  Each of the books highlighted above is a great resource to helping children learn more about math and apply what they learn to real life situations.

Wendy Lau is a New York City-based guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on online universities for the Guide to Online Schools.

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