Language Meets Math

Poetry, Riddles, Stories and Fables with Math Ideas

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

Suggest a reader for this list

Riddles and Poetry

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

Arm in Arm ► Charlip, Remy1969 Paradox, infinite loopsHumorous 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

Marmaduke Multiply's Merry Method of Making Minor Mathematicians Anonymous

Marvelous Math : A Book of Poems z by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Math Talk  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!  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

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

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

What Time Is It?: A Book of Math Riddles (Hello Math. L2) by Sheila Keenan


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 Y Moore, Inga1991Counting – Sid leads six lives, fun story

The Tale of Three Trees, A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt

The Terrible Tiger Y by Jack Prelutsky

That's Good, That's Bad Y  Lexau, Joan M./Aliki   1963Opposites, prediction. Fun story to readaloud

Two Tiny Mice Y Alan Baker

Who Is the Beast? by Keith Baker