Language Meets Math - Poetry and Riddles

Stories and Fables with Math Ideas

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= Our family's favorites         Y = for the youngest kids

Riddles and Poetry

Arm in Arm zz Charlip, Remy  1969 Paradox, infinite loops  Humorous plays on words, this one is for all ages
How Many Feet? How Many Tails? Hello Math Reader L. 2 by Marilyn Burns, math riddles and activities
Marvelous Math : A Book of Poems z by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Math Talk z Theoni Pappas, Math Poetry in two voices, about math concepts from elementary to advanced, this has been a big hit at home and in classes
Mathematickles! z by Betsy Franco, not really a poem book but not sure where to put it, it definitely combines math and language in a unique way (see review)
My Own Rhythm; An Approach to Haiku z Atwood, Ann, Haiku IS mathematical poetry, beautiful pics
One Leaf Rides The Wind: Counting In A Japanese Garden by Celeste Davidson Mannis, counting and haiku
Riddle-Iculous Math by Joan Holub, fun book, riddles, puns, etc.

Stories and Fables with Soft Math Concepts

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, there's a lot more math in this than meets the eye.
Four Fur Feet by Margaret Wise Brown
The Iguana Brothers: A Tale of Two Lizards by Tony Johnston, Mark Teague
The King With Six Friends by Jay Williams
My Nine Lives by Clio by Marjorie Priceman (author/illustrator of Zin! Zin! Zin!)
Seven at One Blow by Jay Williams
Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
Six Crows by Leo Lionni
Six-Dinner Sid  z Moore, Inga  1991  Counting – Sid leads six lives, fun story
The Terrible Tiger by Jack Prelutsky
That's Good, That's Bad z  Lexau, Joan M./Aliki   1963  Opposites, prediction. Fun story to readaloud
Two Tiny Mice z Alan Baker

Who Is the Beast? by Keith Baker