Adding, Subtracting, and grouping

Books on addition and subtraction, building equations, groupings and tallies

► A family favorite of ours. Y = for the youngest kids

Suggest a reader for this list

12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam

88 Pounds of Tomatoes (Hello Math Reader: Level 4) Subtraction.

A Carton of OOPS! by Judy Bradbury

Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Cultures, by Claudia Zaslavsky is a unique resource for understanding other cultures and math development. Adult text, readable, activities suggested.

Alice in Pastaland: A Math Adventure – Cute picture book, take off on the famous story but with math based storyline

Anno's Magic Seeds  ► Anno, Masaichiro & Mitsumasa – Advanced for addition / subtraction, but see article for ideas how to use with younger ages

Arctic Fives Arrive  Pinczes, Elinor J - Skip counting by fives

Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes J. Patrick Lewis

Best Ever Math Sticker Book - Usborne, as far as sticker books go, this one stands out

Multi-Concept Resources: See list below.

Digging for Dinosaurs (Math Adventures)

Domino Addition by Lynette Long, very nice book illustrating how we see and manipulate numbers in figurate arrays.

Each Orange Had 8 Slices Paul Giganti, Jr - Counting book with skip counting and grouping ideas

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On ► Y Ehlert, Lois Counting and adding by 1, peekaboo, great artwork, for younger kids

Five Silly Fishermen by Roberta Edwards

Googol Power: Addition Celebration

Greg Tang Books  - Ages are suggested by publisherMath Fables (ages 3-6) ► combining numbers for addition

Math Fables Too(ages 4-8) follow up to Math Fables
Grapes Of Math (Mind-Stretching Math Riddles)(ages 7-12) - advanced addition, moving into multiplication); 
Math Appeal(ages 7-12) another book on advanced addition strategies
Math For All Seasons ►(ages 5-8)combining numbers for addition
Math-terpieces, The Art of Problem-Solving (ages 5-12) ► - math puzzles around famous art works
The Best of Times (ages 7-12)
Math Potatoes: Mind-stretching Brain Food (ages 8-13)

Hello Math ReadersStay in Line (Hello Math Reader, Level 2) by Teddy Slater

The Hershey's Kisses Addition BookThe Hershey's Kisses Subtraction Book and The M&M's Brand Counting Book - all are full of addition and subtraction activities

How High Can a Dinosaur Count?: ...and Other Math Mysteries by Valerie Fisher

How Many Feet? How Many Tails? A Book of Math Riddles (Hello Reader! Math, Level 2) Hello Math Reader by Marilyn Burns, math riddles and activities

MathStart by Stuart Murphy Leaping Lizards (MathStart 1) (Counting by 5s and 10s L.1);   A Fair Bear Share (MathStart 2)(Addition with regrouping, very nicely done);  Animals on Board - Adding (L. 2) / Shark Swimathon - Subtracting 2-Digit Numbers (L.3) / Safari Park - Finding Unknowns (L. 3) / Ready, Set, Hop! Building Equations (L. 3)

Mission Addition Leedy, Loreen 1997 busy, a bit too much for me to read aloud, one child enjoys very much

Mouse Count Y by Ellen Stoll Walsh, more than just a counting book, combos of 10 as the number of mice in the jar increases, the mice out of the jar decrease

Mr. Monopoly's Amusement Park, A Math Adventure F Jackie Glassman, doesn't look like much, but my kids have learned a lot of math from this

Murderous Maths: The Essential Arithmetricks (Operations) – by Kjartan Poskitt, for older kids

My Full Moon is Square ► Pinczes, Elinor J. - Intro to square numbers

Next Stop Grand Central, Maira Kalman, nice book

Number Ideas Through Pictures  (Young Math) Charosh, Mannis.  Odd/even,square/triangular numbers. Unusual presentation of number concepts, dated but very useful for me.

Numberline Lane series Y- the authors sent me the first five in their series. My 6 and 4 y/old girls really enjoyed the illustrations. More along the lines of MathStart, less story, more math, but they did enjoy them.

One Hundred Hungry Ants  ► Pinczes, Elinor J./MacKain, Bonnie1993 Division, factors, very clever early intro

One Hundred Is A Family by Pat Munoz Ryan - Combinations that make 10, counting up by 10s to make 100.

One Hundred Ways To Get To 100 by Pallotta, Jerry

One Hungry Monster Y O'Keefe, Susan Heyboer/Munsinger, Lynn 1989 Counting and addition

One More Bunny: Adding from One to Ten ► by Rick Walton, finding combinations that add up to a total (i.e., 1+7= 8, 2+6, 3+5, 4+4,etc.) in pictures, nice book

One,Two, Skip A Few! First Number Rhymes by Roberta Arenson

Only One ► Y Harshman, Marc. Beautiful "collagraph" artwork; about sets, read in a playful mode & have child predict the set

Panda Math: Learning About Subtraction from Hua Mei and Mei Sheng

Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale

Riddle-Iculous Math by Joan Holub, fun book, riddles, puns, etc.

Sea Sums by Joy Hulme, not as nice as Sea Squares, but a nice book for addition

Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt (Young Readers) ► by Beatrice Lumpkin - wonderful living book on several accounts, but as Senefer learns the Egyptian way of writing numbers, it emphasizes how number bases are constructed. Addition and multiplication are woven in the story as well.

Sold! A Mothematics Adventure (that isn't a typo) by Nathan Zimelman Calculators aren't much protection at an auction with a pesky moth.

Ten Sly Piranhas ► Wise, William/Chess, Victoria 1993 Subtraction. A huge favorite among my kids, fun for me to read!

The Action of Subtraction (Math Is Categorical) by Brian Cleary

The Family Minus Y Krahn, Fernando 1977 Whimsy, Math vocab, less, more

The Great Take-Away ► 1980 Louise Mathews, Very fun story about subtraction

The History of Counting ►   by Denise Schmandt-Besserat

The King's Commissioners (Brainy Day Books) by Aileen Friedman, a Marilyn Burns Rainy Day Book

The Mission of Addition (Math Is Categorical) by Brian Cleary

The Mystery of the Farmer's Three FivesY Friskey, Margaret 1963 Cute story, "few/more" combos of 5

Solomon Grundy, Born On Oneday A Finite Arithmatic Puzzle (Youngn Math) by Malcolm E. Weiss

The Story of 1 (PBS Home Video) One hour well presented video on the history of the number 1. Available at Blockbuster, Netflix and many libraries.

The Warlord's Messengers (Warlords) by Virginia Walton Pilegard (distance calculations)

This Is The House That Jack Built Underhill, Liz 1987 Addition/accumulation/sequence

What Comes in 2's, 3's & 4's? by Aker, Suzanne

You Can, Toucan, Math by David A. Adler, Word Problem Solving

Zookeeper for a Day (Math Adventures) - multi-concept reader focusing on math applied in a real life occupation


Multi-Concept Resources: These resources cover many math concepts, including addition and subtraction:

     Cyberchase ► PBS show, hugely popular and valuable 30 minutes - ages 4 to 10 ish. Some fun but heavy duty math!

     Galaxy Getaway (Math for Martians) by Ferris, Julie; Tassie, Jane – This is a multi-concept book that uses a story-line to present a series of puzzles using a variety of math skills

     I Love Math Series, Timelife ► - There are 13 of these multi-concept books, each with themes ranging from sports and nature to space and the mall. They are out of print, but still available. See the "I Love Math" page for the list of books with brief descriptions. These may be the most read math readers in our home library over the past decade.

     Math Monsters ► Y (video series, I snuck it in, my 4 - 6 y/o girls love these 30 minute series we check out from our library)

     Math Smart Junior, 2nd Edition (Smart Juniors Grades 6 to 8) ► Lerner, Marcia Princeton Review, dumb name but great story math book for upper elem, my son read this repeatedly, for older kids (concepts start at addition and move to early algebra)

     Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams- activities, stories, games

     Mr. Base Ten Invents Mathematics by Bethany H. Tucker. Very simple story-based math.

     Planet Omicron (Math for Martians) by Ferris, Julie; Tassie, Jane – Puzzles along with a story line

     Playing with Infinity: Mathematical Explorations and Excursions – High school on up level, but starts at the beginning with addition concepts building up to infinity for older readers / adults. Nice explanation of negative numbers.

     Speed Mathematics Using the Vedic System by Vali Nasser