Reading About Math

June 7, 2017

Today I was spending time organizing my classroom library (getting it ready to pack up for summer break!), and I came across some of my favorite math-inspired picture books! I want to share some of them with you and hopefully give you some great motivation to connect your math lessons to literacy.

A Place for Zero by Angeline Sparagna LoPresti

This is a wonderful book for introducing or reviewing place value. I have used this book in all grades K-3, and each time I read it I get some really great discussion from my students about place value. The story has great math vocabulary to introduce basic place value, and also connects to more advanced concepts such as multiplication.

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

The Sir Cumference series has a book for almost every math topic. These are must-haves for your math library! This story follows characters as they try to find ways to organize and count a growing number of party guests. Students can follow along and predict what the next step will be, and they love counting along with the characters.

Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander

I use this book for reinforcing multiplication concepts with my 3rd graders. The main character loves to count things, but can’t keep up and must learn to multiply. This book is a great way to show students why they need this math skill in their everyday lives.

If You Were a Polygon by Marcie Abof (and other books in the MathFun series)

The MathFun series includes several “If You Were a…” books, including polygon, quadrilateral, plus sign, minus sign, times sign, division sign, fraction, minute…there are so many topics you can use these books for! I love that they use real-world objects and scenarios so they are very relatable to students of all ages.

Tally O’Malley by Stuart J. Murphy

This is a fun book to use in the primary grades to introduce or reinforce using tally marks to solve math problems. The story follows a young girl playing car games with her siblings on a road trip to the beach- something we can all relate to! While you’re looking at this one, check out some other Stuart J. Murphy books, like Bigger, Better, Best!, a great book for working with area and perimeter concepts in older grades.

There are so many wonderful books you can use to incorporate literacy into your math lessons! These are just some of my reliable favorites I’ve used over the years! What books do you recommend for your math classes? I’m always on the lookout for new reads! A teacher can never have too many books 🙂 

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