15 Picture Books to kindle the love for Math

Love Math? Hate Math?

We often teach our kids math skills and reading skills separately. We don’t think math and reading can go together. But what if we could put the two together?! Math and Story Books can help children learn Math while promoting reading skills at the same time.

Math + Reading = Love and Learn Math

Picture Storybooks with Math as the theme is the perfect tool to introduce your kids to mathematical concepts and thinking. Such books can also help children better visualize mathematical concepts. They can create a bridge for kids who are not fond of math, but love stories or those who love Math, but not stories! While some books integrate math into stories, others provide riddles and games to make math come to life and kindle children’s’ interest in mathematical concepts.

So whether your child is new to math, hates math or absolutely loves math, these books will definitely get their attention!

14 Math Themed Picture Books to kindle the love of Math

Mathematwist: Number Tales From Around The World (English) by Padma Venkatraman and Illustrated by Proiti Roy

What could Caesar’s general have in common with multiplication and weights? Or a Russian waiter with factorials? Or a temple in Hanoi with transposition? A Chinese emperor with Benjamin Franklin and Albrecht Duerer? This book is a collection of stories from different countries. Each story sets the brain ticking, encouraging problem-solving skills, with a high quotient of fun! And each is followed by a simple explanation of the maths behind the ‘magic’, that dispels the esoteric haze from the subject and makes it accessible.

A fascinating collection about mathematics and the world, from a country that has been prominent on the number map from ancient times. Fourteen folktales, anecdotes and popular stories from around the world catapult mathematics to a fun sphere! There are explanations too, all very accessible and fascinating.


How to weigh an elephant by Geetha Dharmarajan and illustrated by Wen Hsu

How to weigh an elephant

Where has everybody gone? Oh! They are busy finding out the weight of King’s favourite elephant! Wondering how this will be done? Join Leelavati as she solves this math mystery for you!


Mathematics Fun Facts and Fiction by Riti Prasad 

Mathematics was perhaps born even before the mathematicians came to be. Perhaps from when the world was born, even before that or when time was born. You can find mathematics expressed in nature and in technology, in living beings and in objects, whether it is by way of magic of numbers or symmetry of shapes or accuracy of proportions. Have fun with numbers, admire the beauty of shapes, study the complexities of logical problems and think out of the box with these stories from Eritrea, Liberia, Italy, India, China, Persia that teach, enchant and puzzle. And that is not all. You have your own set of question to solve as you go through each story in the book.

The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang, Illustrated by Harry Briggs

The Grapes of Math

“How many grapes are on the vine?
Counting each takes too much time.
Never Fear, I have a hunch
There is a match for every bunch!”

Greg Tang, a lifelong lover of math, shares the techniques that have helped him solve problems in the most creative ways! Harry Briggs’s vibrant & inviting illustrations create a perfect environment for these innovative games. So open your mind and have fun! This clever math book uses rhyming couplets, riddles and visual clues to help the reader find new ways to group numbers for quick counting.

Also see other books by Greg Tang – The Best of Times, Math for all Seasons

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan 

Sir Cumference

Cindy Neuschwander has written eight books in the Sir Cumference Math Adventures series to help children learn about pi, angles, shapes, and more. They are delightfully illustrated and cleverly written stories. In this story, Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius join in for wordplay, puns, and problem-solving in a geometry-packed math adventure. King Arthur was a good ruler, but now he needs a good ruler. What would you do if the neighbouring kingdom were threatening war? Naturally, you’d call your strongest and bravest knights together to come up with a solution.

But when your conference table causes more problems than the threat of your enemy, you need expert help. Enter Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius. With the help of the carpenter, Geo of Metry, this sharp-minded team designs the perfect table conducive to discussing the perfect plan for peace. The first in Sir Cumference series, SIR CUMFERENCE AND THE FIRST ROUNDTABLE makes math fun and accessible for everyone.

Also, read other books in this series – Math Adventures.

 Fractals, Googols, and Other Mathematical Tales by Theoni Pappas

Fractals, Googols and other Mathematical tales A treasure trove of stories that make mathematical ideas come to life. Explores math concepts and topics such as real numbers, exponents, dimensions, the golden rectangle in both serious and humorous ways. Stories such as the parable of p, the number line that fell apart, Leonhard the magic turtle and many others offer an amusing and entertaining way to explore and share mathematical ideas regardless of age or background. The reference section following each story is designed as enrichment information for the concepts presented in each story.

This is a wonderful resource for math lovers! These stories work for reading to children of all ages, and creating a fresh new take on classic math concepts. A story on the endless loop of a Möbius strip, a tabby cat and the sounds of rustling papers, will give everyone listening a taste for the curiosity of a cat, without the negative ending! The authors also add a brief fact-filled bit of history about the subject of the story. Humor and a light touch will have you saying “I did not know that!” You will want to read it all the way through before you put it down.

Also read by the same author: The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat

What’s Your Angle Pythagoras? By Julie Ellis

What's your angle

Children can test their math skills and learn the Pythagorean Theorem alongside young Pythagoras in this STEM adventure.  Pythagoras’ curiosity takes him from Samos to Alexandria, where he meets a builder named Neferheperhersekeper, who introduces him to the right angle. While building, Pythagoras uses geometry to learn how to measure angles and discovers all he needs to know about right triangles. With playful puns and wordplay Ellis creates the perfect STEM/STEAM resource for introducing young readers to a fundamental mathematical equation. A fun and accessible way to get young minds asking “what’s your angle?”.

Also by the same author: Pythagoras and the Ratios: A Math Adventure

A Place for Zero by Angeline Sparagna LoPresti (Author),‎ Phyllis Hornung (Illustrator)

A Place for Zero
Join Zero on his math adventure as he discovers his place through multiplication. Zero is lonely in Digitaria. He can’t play Addemup with the other numbers because he has nothing to add. All the other numbers seem to belong and they all have a place, but when zero discovers multiplication he thinks he might have a place there. He sets out to find King Multiplus who also is curious about what will happen when Zero gets thrown into the mix. With math and wordplay, A Place for Zero is the perfect introduction to multiplication and number placement. A playful way to make math less intimidating and more fun to explore.

Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin by Pam Calvert  (Author),‎ Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)

Mulitplying Menace

Rumpelstiltskin is back! This time he’s making mischief with his multiplying stick. Can Peter unlock the secret of the stick in time to save the kingdom? Whimsical illustrations bring fun to multiplying whole numbers and fractions.

Also, by the same author: The Multiplying Menace Divides






A Very Improbable Story by Edward Einhorn and Adam Gustavson

A very improbable storyEthan wakes up one morning to find a very strange cat stuck on his head. The cat, Odds, refuses to budge until Ethan wins a game of probability. Without looking, Ethan must pick out a dime from his coin collection or two matching socks from his dresser, or do something else improbable. If he doesn’t, Odds is there to stay, and Ethan has a 100% chance of missing his big soccer game.  A very improbable story about a challenging math concept and  is an excellent introduction to probability.




Math Start Books Series by  Stuart J Murphy

MathStart stories use visual learning strategies to teach important mathematical concepts.  These storybooks help children be more successful in math and get a good start in understanding math and building their skills. A math start!

There are 63 MathStart titles available across 3 Levels.

Level 1 for Pre-K and Kindergarten – 21 Level 1MathStart books rank among the largest Early Math series for Pre-K. Concepts in Level 1 include Pattern Recognition, Directions, Sizes, Shapes, Ordinals, Capacity, Counting, Sequencing, Sorting etc.

Level 2 for Grades 1 and 2 – Concepts include Rounding, Addition and Subtraction, Time, Data collection, Symmetry, Calendar, Probability, Measuring, Tallying, etc.

Level 3 for Grades 3 and 4 – Concepts include Estimation, Classification, Percentage, Fractions, Equations etc.

Look up more on their official website.

Math is CATegorical Series by Brian P Cleary Math is CATegorical

Math Is Categorical® introduces basic math concepts for young readers and reveals that sometimes math is easier to show than explain! Pairing clever rhyming verse with comical cartoon cats, Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable help children add up just how fun math can be!

Includes the following 9 titles:
How Long or How Wide?
On the Scale, a Weighty Tale
Windows, Rings and Grapes – A Look at Different Shapes
The Mission of Addition
The Action of Subtraction
A Fraction’s Goal – Parts of a Whole
A-B-A-B-A a Book of Pattern Play
A Dollar, A Penny, How Much and How Many?
A Second, A Minute, A Week with Days In It

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

Math Curse

Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Or why can’t you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you’re the victim of a Math Curse. That’s why. But don’t despair. This is one girl’s story of how that curse can be broken.


Zero the Hero by Joan Holub and Tom Lichtenheld Zero the Hero

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
 That’s what all the other numbers think of Zero. He doesn’t add anything in addition. He’s of no use in division. And don’t even ask what he does in multiplication. (Hint: Poof!) But Zero knows he’s worth a lot, and when the other numbers get into trouble, he swoops in to prove that his talents are innumerable.




A Remainder of One by Eleanor Pinczes and Bonnie MacKain

Remainder of OneWhen the queen of the bugs demands that her army march in even lines, Private Joe divides the marchers into more and more lines so that he will not be left out of the parade

Also by this author: One Hundred Hungry Ants 



Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford and Gabi Swiatkowska Infinity and me


After the sight of a night sky filled with stars makes eight-year-old Uma feel very small, she asks people how they think about infinity and gets a variety of answers before realizing the comfort in knowing that some things go on forever.



Have fun reading these fun Math books with your kids!

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