Logic, series and problem solving

Books on logical progressions, series, relationships, problem solving and puzzles

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

Suggest a reader for this list

Pre-K through Elementary

Anno's Hat Tricks Anno, Masaichiro & Mitsumasa. Three children, Tom, Hannah, and Shadowchild, who represents the reader, are made to guess, using the concept of binary logic, the color of the hats on their heads. An introduction to logical thinking and mathematical problem-solving.

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

Shortcut by David Macaulay

Hooray For Me! Y Charlip, Remy/Moore, LilianRelationships and links

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Y  Numeroff, Laura Joffe/Bond, Felicia1985 Cause/effect/circular reasoning looping to beginning.  Wide appeal

One Fine Day, Hogrogian, Nonny 1971 Cause/effect/relationship chains  

The Terrible Tiger  Y Prelutsky, Jack/Lobel, ArnoldVolume, size, prediction. Wonderful rhyme

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

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Y Taback, Simms1997 Volume, size, prediction, chain of relationships.  Caldecott Honor

Tic-Tac-Toe, Three in a Row Judith Bauer Stamper, Hello Math L. 1

Tikki Tikki Tembo Y Mosel, Arlene/Lent, Blair1968 Time, comparison of size, classic tale, Reading Rainbow, yes I consider this math!

Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Finish This Book  Charlip, Remy/Muth, Jon J 2000Perspective, time, nesting; wide age appeal

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road by David Macaulay

Yes No Stop Go, Patterns in Mathematical Logic  z Gersting, Judith & Kuczkowski, Joseph Madden, Don1977Patterns and logic.

Chapter Books involving Logic:

The Book of Think  Burns, Marilyn/Weston, Martha1976   Problem solving. Fun book! 

The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster

Sylvie and Bruno, Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber and other Thurber books

A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, Jules Feiffer, and other Feiffer books

The Man in the Ceiling, Jules Feiffer,

The Jack Tales, Richard Chase, hilarious for multi age readaloud

The Boy Who Reversed Himself  on sale at BCO frequently

The Power of UN  by Nancy Etchemendy

More Stories to Solve   Shannon, George/Sis, Peter   1991   Logic

Middle School and Up

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical AdventuresTahan, Malba, Chapter book, loosely based on the story of Khayyam

The Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know But Are Rarely Taught (great resource book)