Books to Encourage Children’s Number Sense

Top 10 Children's Books about Numbers

10 Top Children’s Book about Numbers

Does your child love numbers? Do you want your child to love numbers? Then stock your library with these 10 reads, from preschool titles to middle school. Read them with your child and you’ll get as big a kick out of them as she does. Maybe even more.

1. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Math Curse is about a student whose math teacher claims that everything can be seen as a math problem. Everything in her life becomes a math problem which she learns to solve to absolve herself of the “math curse.”

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

This beautiful book tells of the eccentric mathematician Paul Erdos and his life going around the world, solving some of math’s biggest problems.

3. How Much Is a Million? 20th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books) by David M. Schwartz and Steven Kellogg

Marvelosissimo is a mathematical magician who humorously breaks down large and complex numbers down to size.

4. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan

King Arthur with the help of his Knight Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, their son Radius and the carpenter, Geo of Metry, designs the perfect round table.

5. The Grapes Of Math by Greg Tang and Harry Briggs

Math tricks have never been more fun than in Greg Tang’s Grapes of Math, using groupings, riddles and couplets to simplify addition.

6. Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr.

This was my son’s all-time favorite book in his preschool years. He loved numbers so much that the preschool director would photocopy the numbers from the inside front and back covers for him to read from all day long.

7. Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese

Blockhead tells the biography of Leonardo Fibonacci, who was so often caught daydreaming that he was called “Blockhead.” Of course, Fibonacci was daydreaming about numbers, and this book tells the story of a boy obsessed with them.

8. Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Secret Coders is a graphic novel telling the story of Hopper’s introduction to Stately Academy and how she and a another student use binary numbers and beginning computer programming to unlock the school’s secrets kept by the school’s custodian. This book won a 2015 Mathical Prize.

9. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

On a Beam of Light tells the story of Albert Einstein to a younger generation, as a man with an insatiable curiosity about all things.

10. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

Rosie dreams of being a great engineer and, inspired by her great-great-aunt Rosie the Riveter builds a flying machine that hovers and then crashes. As a result, Rosie learns that failure only comes to those who quit.

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