Living Books: Math



Jennifer Geary

This week I want to share with you about living books for math! Most kids enjoy these books, but they're especially great for kids who might need a story to help them focus or those who need a more in-depth explanation of a concept. These kinds of books are plentiful for younger learners, but there are also good ones out there for older kids, too!

Counting books are a good place to start with young children. There is no shortage of these books, so you'll likely be able to find one that deals with a topic your children enjoy, like monkeys or bugs or cars or anything!

For lower elementary students, the Math Start series introduces a wide range of mathematical topics. These books are leveled, too, which is helpful for planning when to use them.

Want to bring in some food fun, too? Jerry Palotta has several math books involving chocolate, candy, pizza, or if you want a healthier option, apples. Food is always a good draw!

The Sir Cumference books cover a variety of math topics from place value to geometry with an interesting storyline and characters. These are good for a wide variety of ages because even if your kids are older, the story is not too babyish for them.

Learning about the people and the history behind math can also be fun! We're currently reading through Mathematicians are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians during our Morning Basket time. Another book my son really enjoyed is The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos.

If you're looking for a living math curriculum, check out Life of Fred. These books make math pretty entertaining but still get kids thinking about advanced mathematical concepts. For more practical information, check out Heather's blog post about how she uses Fred with her kids!

For some more living book ideas for math, check out these lists!

10 Living Books for Elementary Math

Living Math Books: Reading for Math

Living Book Math List

There are so many ways to add some fun to your math lessons or your morning basket!

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Jennifer Geary is a wife of one and mom of two who is back home in Broken Arrow after Air Force-sponsored detours to Omaha and Oklahoma City.  An elementary education graduate from the University of Oklahoma, she decided to leave her “regular” teaching career behind to homeschool her son and daughter. 

When she’s not educating, feeding, or cleaning up after someone, Jennifer likes to read and scrapbook.  You can read about all of her adventures at Little Things.

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