Math Concepts in Picture Books

   There are a great many picture books for Pre-K through 6th grade which discuss a variety of math concepts.  This list starts with simple concepts and moves on to more difficult ones.


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A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy - A sock is attempting to find its mate.  (Pattern recognition)

Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! by Stuart J. Murphy - The yellow cars go beep beep.  The red cars go vroom vroom.  (Patterns)

Shapes by Lourdes M. Alvarez (A Board Book)

3 Little Firefighters by Stuart J. Murphy - They are trying to get ready but their buttons do not match.  They sort buttons by various attributes including:  size, shape, and color.

Grandma's Button Box by Linda Williams Aber - Sorting the buttons by shape, color, and size.

Sidewalk Squares and Triangle Birds by Glenda Palmer and Jane Conteh-Morgan - Circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, triangles, and more.

The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns - A dissatisfied triangle asks the local shapeshifter to add more lines and angles to his form.

Circus Shapes by Stuart J. Murphy - Basic geometric shapes

Three Little Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes by Grace Maccarone - The pigs find some magic shapes and do some things good with them and some things they shouldn't do.

Shape Up!  Fun with Triangles and other Polygons by David A. Adler - Using cheese, pretzel sticks, bread, graph paper, and a pencil we can learn a lot about polygons.

When a Line Bends a Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene - Rectangles, squares, triangles, ovals, circles, but also diamonds, hearts, crescents, and stars.


Seaweed Soup by Stuart J. Murphy - Each time turtle invites yet another friend to lunch, he must find another set of matching dishes for the latest guest.

Numbers by Lourdes M. Alvarez (A Board Book)

Counting Rhymes edited by John L. Foster

My Very First Number Book by Angela Wilkes - Identifying numbers, counting, are two things the same, more or less, addition, and numbers in our work.

Every Buddy Counts by Stuart J. Murphy - A little girl counts her buddies:  1 hamster, 2 sisters, and 3 kittens.

1, 2, 3, to the Zoo by Eric Carle - The first car of the train has 1 elephant.  Each following car has one more animal than the car before it.  The last car has 10 birds.

Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman (Board Book)

Ready, Set, Hop! by Stuart J. Murphy - Matty and Moe (2 frogs) are competing.  Who can reach various spots with the fewest hops?

Fair Bear Share by Stuart J. Murphy - Four cubs are gathering and counting the ingredients for a blueberry pie.

Goodnight Moon 123:  A Counting Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Bug Dance by Stuart J. Murphy - Coach Caterpillar is attempting to teach his gym class to dance, but they must be able to follow simple directions including:  left, right, forward, and backward.

Pigs in the Corner:  Fun with Math and Dance by Amy Axelrod - Mr. Pig has taken over for the caller at the square dance.  This type of dancing requires a spatial sense and ability to follow directions.

The Greatest Gymnast of All:  Opposites by Stuart J. Murphy - Zoe demonstrates spatial opposites in her gymnastic routine including:  on/off  inside/outside  and over/under.

One Hundred Shoes by Charles Ghigna - If a centipede were going to wear shoes, what type might it wear and where would it shop?  Would it choose 50 pairs of shoes (50 x 2)?  Would it choose 5 sets of 20?  or perhaps 10 sets of 10? 

Five Silly Fisherman by Roberta Edwards - If you are going to count everyone in the group, count yourself!

Tally O'Malley by Stuart J. Murphy - On a long drive to the beach they play counting games.

Just Enough Carrots by Stuart J. Murphy - Bunny and his mom are shopping at the grocery store.  They count and compare the amounts of various groceries in their cart.

Jack the Builder by Stuart J. Murphy - What can you build if you keep adding blocks?

It's About Time! by Stuart J. Murphy - In a 24 hour day, there is a time to wake up, a time to learn, a time to play, and a time to sleep, etc.

House for Birdie by Stuart J. Murphy - Birdie is in need of a house and her friends are helping her to find one, but it must not be too big and it must not be too small.

The Best Bug Parade by Stuart J. Murphy - The bugs while preparing for a parade are comparing their relative sizes.

Bigger, Better, Best! by Stuart J. Murphy - Jenny and Jeff are really starting to annoy little sister Jill.  (Comparisons of area)

Missing Mittens by Stuart J. Murphy - A farmer is on a quest to find mittens for all of his farm animals.  There is a discussion of odd and even numbers.

Even Steven and Odd Todd by Kathryn Cristaldi - A comparison of even and odd numbers.

Mighty Maddie by Stuart J. Murphy - While cleaning her room, Maddie discovers that the various objects in her room have different weights.

Little Rabbit's First Time Book by Alan Baker - A clock with moveable hands is included in the book.

Pigs on a Blanket:  Fun with Math and Time by Amy Axelrod - What time is it now?  How long will it take to get to the beach?  Because there are so many delays in getting to the beach, the Pig Family is in for a big disappointment when they are finally ready to ride the waves.

Game Time! by Stuart J. Murphy - The Huskies and Falcons gear up for the championship soccer match.  They are preparing for the big game and keeping track of time (weeks, days, hours, minutes) using a calendar and clocks.

Pepper's Journal:  A Kitten's First Year by Stuart J. Murphy - Lisa keeps a journal about her kitten using terms such as days, weeks, months, and years.

100 Days of Cool by Stuart J. Murphy - Kids arrive at school on the first day looking really cool and the teacher challenges them to keep it up until the 100th day celebration.

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate - Her students are bringing in 100 of various things including a 100 year old relative.

Counting Our Way to the 100th Day by Betsy Franco - 100 poems about counting.

Rabbit's Pajama Party by Stuart J. Murphy - The activities for Rabbit and his animal friends at his party provide a lesson in order and sequencing.

One...Two...Three...Sassafras! by Stuart J. Murphy - At a family reunion cousins line up for pictures according to their ages.  (Numerical Order)

Henry the Fourth by Stuart J. Murphy - Ordinal numbers:  first, second, third, and fourth.

98, 99, 100 You're It!  by Teddy Slater - In a game of hide and seek, they count by 1's, 5's, 10's, and 20's.

Leaping Lizards by Stuart J. Murphy - Groups of 5 and 10.  Will 50 make it in time?

More or Less by Stuart J. Murphy - Eddie uses his knowledge of numbers to outsmart people at his booth at the school fair.

Animals on Board by Stuart J. Murphy - This is a simple addition rhyming text which tells the story of animals being delivered to a merry-go-round.

Mall Mania by Stuart J. Murphy - Some students are attempting to count all of the visitors to the shopping mall in order to award a prize to a particular shopper.  One student is shopping for a gift.  (Counting, addition strategies)

Math For All Seasons by Greg Tang - Adding is faster than counting.  Problem solving using visual clues.

Get Up and Go! by Stuart J. Murphy - In this rhyme, a girl learns about timelines and addition as her dog helps her to get ready for school.

Spunky Monkeys on Parade by Stuart J. Murphy - Groups of two, three, and four.  The monkeys ride in 2's, tumble by 3's, and march by 4's.

Coyotes All Around by Stuart J. Murphy - The coyotes are counting the roadrunners and other creatures in the area.  With simple rounding, it is possible to add numbers in one's head.

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares by Frank Murphy - To relieve his boredom during the long Constitutional Convention meeting, Franklin invented a game he called "Magic Squares".  It may remind you a bit of Sudoku.

Equal Shmequal by Virginia L. Kroll - Some children were playing tug-of-war.  When they abandoned their rope to go home, the animals who had been watching them decided to try this game.  They soon learned that if their teams were equal in number the game was no fun!  They used a seesaw at the playground to create teams equal in size (weight) instead.

Let's Fly a Kite by Stuart J. Murphy - Two squabbling siblings learn about symmetry from their babysitter as they construct a kite.

Inchworm and A Half by Elinor J. Pinczes - Several small worms use their varying lengths to measure vegetables in the garden.

Beanstalk, The Measure of a Giant by Ann McCallum - If a boy and a giant are going to play together they need to make certain adjustments for the differences in their heights.

Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy - Lisa teacher has explained about standard units of measurement for height, weight, length, temperature, and volume.  He tells his students to find their own ways to measure some objects.  Lisa measures her dog, Penny.  How fast does she move?  How long is her nose in dog biscuits?

Super Sand Castle by Stuart J. Murphy - Three friends are competing in a sand castle building contest (tallest tower, deepest moat, and longest wall), but to compare measurements must be standardized.

Keep Your Distance by Gail Herman - Two sisters who must share a room learn about inches, feet, yards, and miles.

How Tall, How Short, How Far Away by David A. Adler - A comparison of Egyptian, inch-pound, and metric systems of measurement.

Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz - The development of standard units of measurement for length, height, weight, and volume with an emphasis on the metric system.

Polly's Pen Pal by Stuart J. Murphy - Polly pen pal is 125 cm tall, weighs 25 kg, and  is 450 km away.  She lives in Canada where they use metric measurements.

Ton by Taro Miura - A man lifts a 50 lb. girder; a forklift lifts a 1 ton load.  What can a wheelbarrow lift?  A crane?  A truck?  A train? 

Racing Around by Stuart J. Murphy - Justin and Marissa tell their little brother, Mike, that he isn't ready for a 15 K bicycle race around Perimeter Park, but he is determined.

Pigs on the Move:  Fun with Math and Travel by Amy Axelrod - The Pigs have missed their plane and now are on a rather roundabout route to visit cousins in Beantown for Christmas.

Best Vacation Ever by Stuart J. Murphy - Collecting data and making charts to determine the location for the best vacation.

Elevator Magic by Stuart J. Murphy - A rhyming text about descending in an elevator.  (Subtraction)

Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J. Murphy - In each round a chair is removed and when the music stops, the monster without a chair is out.  (Subtraction)

Twenty is Too Many by Kate Duke - There are 20 guinea pigs aboard a tiny tipsy boat.  Ten leave immediately and then the others leave one at a time until only one remains (Subtraction).

A Place for Zero by Angeline Sparagna LoPresti - Is zero meaningless or is it quite important?

Earth Day - Hooray by Stuart J. Murphy - Recycling cans provides a lesson in place value.  They need to collect and recycle 5,000 can if they want to make enough money to plant flowers in Gilroy Park.

Less Than Zero by Stuart J. Murphy - Managing money and negative numbers.  Perry Penguin needs 9 clams to buy an ice scooter.  He earns, spends, finds, loses, and borrows.  Simple line graph with negative numbers.

A Dollar for Penny by Julie Glass - In attempting to earn money for her mother's birthday card, Penny learns about currency from a penny to a dollar.

Once Upon a Dime:  A Math Adventure by Nancy Kelly Allen - In this old-fashioned fairy tale about a money tree, we learn about different units of money.

The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy - The face painting booth at the school fair provides lots of opportunities to combine a variety of coins which will equal 50 cents.

The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams - Different coins combined for different amounts.

Slugger's Car Wash by Stuart J. Murphy - The baseball team is learning about dollars and cents as they try to earn money for new t-shirts for the team.

Pigs Will Be Pigs:  Fun with Math and Money by Amy Axelrod - The hungry Pig Family searches the house for money to buy dinner at a local restaurant.

Pigs Go to Market:  Fun with Math and Shopping by Amy Axelrod - The Pigs are preparing for the big Halloween party and they have just won a free 5 minute shopping spree.

Sold!  A Mothematics Adventure by Nathan Zimelman - A boy learns a lesson about auctions and makes an unexpected profit.

Money by Lynn Davie and Cathy Beesey (Minds on Math) - Cash registers, shopping, and estimating price.

The Story of Money by Carolyn Kain - A history of different currency.

Dinosaur Deals by Stuart J. Murphy - It's a Dinosaur Card Trading Fair, but what is an equivalent value for trade?

Shark Swimathon by Stuart J. Murphy - The Ocean City Sharks must swim 75 laps by the end of the week.  How many laps are left to go?  As they swim laps at camp, the number of remaining laps provides an opportunity for 2 digit subtraction.

The Fly on the Ceiling by Julie Glass - Descartes is attempting to keep track of his belongings by mapping (graphing) objects using the X and Y coordinates.

Treasure Map by Stuart J. Murphy - Mapping skills

Double the Ducks by Stuart J. Murphy - Five little ducks are enough to care for, but each brings home a friend and now there are twice as many ducks.

Anno's Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno - A lazy boy is given two magic seeds and told to eat one and plant the other.  He will then harvest two seeds and repeat this each year.  However, after a few years he decides to plant both seeds and things start doubling to an ever increasing abundance.

The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street by Carol A. Losi - This is a cumulative poems about doubling in the style of "This is the house that Jack built."

The King's Chessboard by David Birch - Doubling, many times over has amazing results.

Sea Squares by Joy N. Hulme 1 x 1   2 x 2   3 x 3

Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do by Stuart J. Murphy - A surprise birthday party for kangaroo provides lots of opportunities to add and multiply.

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream:  A Mathematical Story by Cindy Neuschwander (Multiplication)

2 X 2 = Boo!  A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories by Loreen Leedy - Witches and cats and multiplication by zero through 5.

The Best of Times:  Math Strategies that Multiply by Greg Tang - Simple rhymes for multiplying numbers by zero through ten.

Alice in Pastaland:  A Math Adventure by Alexandra Wright - Alice in Wonderland was never like this before:  addition, multiplication, measuring, proportions, and more.

Multiplying Menace:  The Revenge of Rumplestiltskin by Pam Calvert - Math Adventures solved by numbers.

Smushy Bus by Leslie Helakoski - One bus is in the shop so the clever driver must smush 76 children into this bus and make certain that they all get on and off.  (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division).

Jump, Kangaroo, Jump! by Stuart J. Murphy - Friends at a summer camp divide into teams for field day competitions (tug-of-war, swimming relay race, canoe race, and long jump).

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!:  A Mathematical Story by Marilyn Burns - The seating at a family reunion must change as new people arrive and tables and chairs are rearranged.

Divide and Ride by Stuart J. Murphy - Eleven friends divide to fill up the seats on their favorite carnival rides.

Safari Park by Stuart J. Murphy - Five cousins have 20 tickets between them.  The Treetop Coaster requires 4 tickets; the Elephant Twirl only two.  Using algebra, how many rides can they take and which ones?

One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes - It takes too long for 100 ants to get to the food if they march single file.  What if they formed 2 rows of 50?  What about 4 rows of 25?  How about 10 rows of 10?  (Divisions of 100)

A Remainder of One by Elinor J. Pinczes - The Queen demands even lines in the bug parade and Private Joe is attempting to create lines with even numbers without becoming a remainder of one.

Stay in Line by Teddy Slater - 12 children line up in a variety of ways:  6 pairs, 3 rows of 4,  in groups of 3's, 4 + 8, 2 rows of 6. 

Sundae Scoop by Stuart J. Murphy - How many ways can you combine 6 ingredients to create how many different sundaes?

The Dragon's Scales by Sarah Albee - A dragon threatens the town and a little girl issue a math challenge to the dragon which requires knowledge about weight.

Room for Ripley by Stuart J. Murphy - A boy is preparing a fish bowl for his fish.  (Units of Liquid Measurement - cups, pints, quarts)

Me and the Measure of Things by Joan Sweeney - Units of measurement involved in making pancake batter including cups.

Pigs in the Pantry:  Fun with Math and Cooking  by Amy Axelrod - Mrs. Pig is ill.  Mr. Pig and the 2 piglets decide to make her feel better by making her favorite dish:  chili.  They make lots of measuring errors in part by not reading the recipe carefully.

What is Faster Than A Speeding Cheetah? by Robert E. Wells - Comparing the speed of a human, peregrine falcon, rocket, meteoroid, and light.

Tell Me How Fast It Goes by Shirley Willis - Discusses speed, friction, resistance, and distance.

Hamster Champs by Stuart J. Murphy - The hamsters are trying to outsmart Hector, the cat.  They use a protractor to create the proper angles for inclined ramps and then race cars on them.

Pigs on the Ball:  Fun with Math and Sports by Amy Axelrod - The Pig Family is learning about angles, shapes, and other aspects of geometry while playing miniature golf.

Give Me Half by Stuart J. Murphy - A simple rhyming story about a brother and sister sharing food.  (One-Half)

Full House:  An Invitation to Fractions by Dayle Ann Dodds - Rhymes about Miss Bloom and her Strawberry Inn introduce fractions.

Fraction Action by Loreen Leedy

Fraction Fun by David A. Adler - Money and fractions are part of pizza math.

The Grizzly Gazette by Stuart J. Murphy - The summer camp is attempting to choose a mascot.  Polls are taken and percentages revealed.

Piece = Part = Portion:  Fractions = Decimals = Percents by Scott Gifford

If You Hopped Like a Frog by David M. Schwartz - (Ratios)

Cut Down to Size at High Noon:  A Math Adventure by Scott Sundby - Two barbers in a western frontier town are in an artistic competition involving to scale drawings.

If Dogs Were Dinosaurs by David M. Schwartz - If dogs were dinosaurs, their dinners would fill your bedroom.  If the moon were a marble, the earth would fit in your hand.

Rodeo Time by Stuart J. Murphy - Children at a rodeo must create a schedule in order to see everything they wish to see.

Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop by Stuart J. Murphy - Josh and Amy are trying to decide whether to sort their rock collection by color, size, type, or hardness.

How Much Is a Million by David M. Schwartz

Wild Fibonacci:  Nature's Secret Code Revealed! by Joy N. Hulme - Look closely at the spirals in a sunflower.  There is an ever increasing number in each row and the numbers are not random!  1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21!  Can you see the pattern?

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro Anno and Mitsumasa Anno (Factorials)

Betcha! by Stuart J. Murphy - Two friends guess how many people are riding a bus, how much a bunch of toys costs, and how many jelly beans fill a jar  (Estimating).

Same Old Horse by Stuart J. Murphy - Hankie is a very predictable horse according to the other horses, but he wants to be unpredictable.  (Making Predictions)

Probably Pistachio by Stuart J. Murphy - A boy is having a day when nothing goes right.  When is something certain, more likely, less likely, impossible (Probability)?

Pigs at Odds:  Fun with Math and Games by Amy Axelrod - The Pig Family is attending the county fair.  What are the odds of winning at a particular game?

Lemonade for Sale by Stuart J. Murphy - Making bar graphs

Graphs by Bonnie Bader - There are lots of things to graph at a family reunion.

Tiger Math:  Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger by Ann Whitehead Nagda - This is a true story about the development of an orphaned Siberian tiger named T.J. in the Denver Zoo.  There are pie charts, bar graphs, and line graphs.

Dive!  Dive!  Buoyancy by Isabel Thomas

What's Your Angle Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis - The Pythagorean theorem is explained quite clearly.

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander - The son of Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter must prove his worthiness for knighthood by finding the right angle.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander - The knights are arguing about the shape of the table where they will meet.  Why do you suppose a circle was chosen?

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander - What exactly is Pi and what is its relationship to the circle?  Sir Cumference drank a potion which turned him into a dragon.  Now his son, Radius, must find the magic number Pi to restore his father.

Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter by Cindy Neuschwander - What is the perimeter?

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone by Cindy Neuschwander - Sir Cumference, Radius, and Sir Vertex search for Edgecalibur which King Arthur has hidden in a geometric solid.

Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes by Stuart J. Murphy - As he pilots his space craft the Cpt. sees many three-dimensional shapes including:  cubes, cylinders, pyramids, and more.

Zachary Zormer:  Shape Transformer by Joanne Reisberg - Zack might not remember to do his homework, but he does think fast on his feet and is able to explain certain math concepts quite well.

On Beyond a Million by David M. Schwartz - Up to the largest numbers that exist.

G is for Googol:  A Math Alphabet Book by David M. Schwartz - Abacus, binary, cubit ... zillion.

Roman Numerals: I to MM by Arthur Geisert

What Time Is It?  A Book of Math Riddles (About telling time) by Sheila Keenan

Mathematickles! by Betsy Franco - Poems about math problems, grouped by seasonal themes.

The Grapes of Math:  Mind Stretching Math Riddles by Greg Tang - Strategies to solve a variety of problems using visual clues.

Fun Math Games for Kids 


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