Geometry and Spatial Concepts

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

Suggest a reader for this list

A Cloak For The Dreamer, YAileen Friedman, Geometry woven into a wonderful story

A Fly on the Ceiling (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4) - Story based on Descarte

Archimedes and the Door of Science F Bendick, Jeanne/Berquist 1962 Math History. A Classic.

Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians: Kids Discovering the Beauty of Math with 22 Ready-to-Go Activities

City Math: Look Both Ways Time Life I Love Math Series 1992 Math in Life

Cyberchase PBS show, hugely popular and valuable 30 minutes. Many episodes cover geometry and spatial concepts.

David Macaulay books are wonderful books for building concepts, black and white drawings are very eye-catching and unusual. We have collected all of them, favorites are Pyramid and City

Digging for Dinosaurs (Math Adventures)

Eight Hands Round Ann Whitford Paul, geometric designs in quilts

Euclid's Window: the Story of Geometry z From Parallel Lines to Hyperspace; good beginning young adult chapter, recommended w/caveat last chapter has profanity in a quote (not gratuitous); not for the younger ones

Explorations With Tesselmania!: Activities for Math and Art Classrooms

Flatland : A Romance of Many DimensionsEdwin A. Abbott, long time classic  

Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More SoIan Stewart 

Fly on the Ceiling, by J. Glass, A story about how the very messy French philosopher, Renâe Descartes, invented an ingenious way to keep track of his possessions.

Fractals, Googles and Other Mathematical Tales F Pappas, Theoni 1993 Many math concepts, lots with topology, logic and problem solving, wide age range appeal

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

GrandFather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert, Tangrams in a story

HarlequinCharlip, Remy/Supree, Burton    Parts to whole   Beautiful illustrations, nice text

Harlequin Charlip, Remy/Supree, Burton 1973 Parts to whole. Beautiful illustrations

Hello Math Readers:  The Silly Story of Goldie Locks & the Three Squares Y Maccarone, Grace/KennedyL. 2/ Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes (Hello Math, Level 3, G 1-2) Tangrams by Grace MacCarone

Historical Connections in Mathematics Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Wilbert Reimer and Luetta Reimer, published by AIMS Education

I Love Math Series - Out of print, but still available . . lots of math concepts I Love Math Series: Play Ball - Sports Math - Sports theme, many math concepts explored in one book. I Love Math Series: Pterodactyl Tunnel: Amusement Park Math Math puzzles, activities and stories with a dinosaur theme. I Love Math Series: Right In Your Backyard - Nature Math. F 1992Math in nature. Beautiful pics, well done book I Love Math Series: The Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes Math thru a trip to the zoo I Love Math: The Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math I Love Math: Alice in Numberland (Fantasy Math) Original stories, poems, riddles, games, and hands-on activities reflecting Alice's adventures in Numberland, where she finds mathematical challenges throughout the magical landscape I Love Math: From Head to Toe, Body Math I Love Math: Look Both Ways: City Math I Love Math: Piizza Pie? Time L and many other math conceptsife I Love Math series er math concepts, my kids love this one I Love Math: Right In Your Backyard, Nature Math Time Life series

In Shadowland,  Anno, Mitsumasa 1988 Perspective, dimensions

Jack's Time Machine

Math for Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns – this one is for approximately 4rd grade on up. TONS of different math ideas in this.

Math in the Real World of Design & Art: Geometry, Measurements, & Projections (Kids' Stuff Series) - activity book only

Math Smart Junior zLerner, Marcia Princeton Review, 1995 dumb name but great story math book for upper elem, my son read this repeatedly

Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams

MathStart Readers by Stuart Murphy:  Bigger, Better, Best! Area, L. 2; Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes Three dimensional shapes, L. 2; Let's Fly a Kite Symmetry, L. 2; Racing Around Perimeter, L. 2;

Mental Math Workout by Lobosco, Michael L.

Mummy Math : An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander, Bryan Langdo J Review

Murderous Maths (don’t forget the ‘s’) F All by Kjartan Poskitt, Guaranteed to contain no nasty exercises and no boring sums!    These are meaty books and adults that enjoy comics could enjoy them too. They can be purchased from

Murderous Maths: Vicious Circles and other Savage Shapes (Geometry)

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

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

Opt, An Illusionary TaleBaumGeometry, proportions, measurement, optical illusions

Origami: Inspired by Japanese Prints from the Metropolitan Museum ofArt by Megumi Biddle

Paper John F Small, David1987 Origami, old-fashioned fairy tale style story

Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning

Picture Pie 2 Ed Emberley - Drawing and stencil book, designs out of common geometric shapes

Planet Omicron (Math for Martians) by Ferris, Julie; Tassie, Jane

Platonic & Archimedean Solids, Sutton, Daud

Quilt Counting by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Reflections F by Jonas, Ann, Beautiful artwork, concepts of symmetry and perspective

Round Trip


Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, novel w/origami theme, see reviews, juvenile book but strong content

Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons David Adler

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander. Story with geometry concepts, lots of plays on geo terms

Spotted Yellow Frogs: Fold-out Fun w/ Patterns, Colors, 3-D Shapes, Animals by Matthew Van Fleet

Squareheadby Harriet Ziefert

String, Straightedge and Shadow: The Story of Geometry F Diggins, Julia E./Bell, Corydon 1965 Geometry, math history. Classic back in print

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat zPappas, Theoni1997Math exploration

The Ancient Mystery of Tangrams Quarto Children's Books2000Geometry 500 Tangrams

The Boy Who Reversed Himselfon sale at BCO frequently

The Boy with Square Eyes F, Snape, Juliet & Charles, 1988, Boy has “televisionitis” and sees in squares

The Dot and the Line, by Norton Juster

The Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas – numerous math concepts explored in each chapter

The Goat in the RugF Blood, Charles & Link, Martin/Parker1976   Geometry, patterns. Navajo weaving story

The Greedy Triangle F by Marilyn Burns, kids LOVE this story

The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking, by Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird - featured lecturers of the Joy of Thinking series I value very highly - I'll post more info on the book when I get it

The House that Math Built - House Math, I Love Math Series

The I Hate Mathematics! Book zBurns, Marilyn/Weston, Martha1975Genl math/math history. Classic

The Joy of Mathematics F Pappas, Theoni 1989 Math in nature/science/art,music,history,literature - classic

The Joy of Pi F David Blatner, for middle school on up, nice little book

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth F (story of Erastothenes), Kathryn Lasky, Beautiful book, illustrations, well written

The Missing Piece by Silverstein, Shel – this was suggested in a Marilyn Burns book for language and math activity

The Number Devil F Enzensberger, Hans Magnus/Berner, Rotraut Susanne1997 Multi-concepts, cute illustrations. Fun classic, very wide appeal, can be read aloud to even very young kids

The Paper Crane F Molly Bang, Reading Rainbow, nice story based on origami

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

The Planiverse F   Dewdney, A.K.   1984Computer contact with a 2D world (modern version of Flatland)   Fun book! - a little old for some in this group, but some will enjoy the computer / sci fi theme

The Planiverse z Dewdney, A.K.   1984Computer contact with a 2D world (modern version of Flatland)  computer sci/fi theme, for upper middle school on up sci fi theme

The Power of UNby Nancy Etchemendy

The Quiltmaker's Gift (quilt patterns, great Amazon reviews)  

The Search for the Mystery Planet Space Math, I Love Math Series, Math and astronomy topics

The Shape of Things Y by Dayle Ann Dodds, younger book on geometric shapes

The Spider Weaver : A Legend Of Kente Cloth Margaret Musgrove, geometric patterns in nature and weaving, African folk tale

The Story of Science Book 1: Archimedes by Joy Hakim

The Village of Round and Square HousesGrifalconi, Ann

The Warlord's Kite by Virginia Walton Pilegard

The Wing on a Flea, Y Ed Emberley,  Beautiful book

Tic Tac Toe: And Other Three-In-A Row Games from Ancient Egypt to the Mode

Triangle for Adaora: An African Book of Shapes by Ifeoma Onyefulu

Triangle, Square, Circle Y William Wegman, Young shape book but fun (guy with the dogs)


Upper Elementary thru Middle School

Warlord's Puzzles

What Is It? F Y Spin-about BookGardner, Beau1989 Moveable parts, all my kids love this one, geometry

What Shape Is It? by Bobbie Kalman Geometry in Nature

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure by Julie Ellis J Review

Wooden Books Li: Dynamic Form in Nature, Wade, David   Math in Nature

Wooden Books z:  Gorgeous illustrations!  Lots of science, art and nature crossover

Wooden Books: Sacred Geometry, Lundy, Miranda

Wooden Books: Platonic & Archimedean Solids, Sutton, Daud

Young Math Series: Straight Lines, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular LinesCharosh, Mannis1970 Geometry activities

Young Math Series: The Ellipse Charosh, Mannis/Kessler, Leonard1971 Geometry. Lots of activities

Young Math: 3D 2D 1D   Adler, David 1975 Geometry, measurement, volume/area. Very readable

Young Math: Exploring Triangles: Paper-Folding Geometry by Jo Phillips

Young Math: Angles are Easy as Pie by Robert Froman

Young Math: Area by Jane Jonas Srivastava

Young Math: Circles and CurvesRazzell, Arthur/Watts, KGO/Raskin, Ellen   Geometry

Young Math: Circles by Mindel and Harry Sitomer

Young Math: Rubber Bands, Baseballs and Doughnuts: A Book about Topology by Robert Froman

Young Math: Shadow Geometry by Daphne Harwood Trivett

Young Math: Spirals by Mindel and Harry Sitomer

Young Math: What is Symmetry? by Mindel and Harry Sitomer

Zachary Zormer: Shape Transformer

Zoo Math: Case of Missing Zebra Stripes, Time Life I Love Math Series 1992 Math in nature, my kids really like this

Zoom and Re-Zoom, by Istvan Banyai