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Math in Art, Music and Nature

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

Suggest a reader for this list

Pre-K through Elementary

Animal Architects ☼ National Geographic 1987   Patterns in nature. Awesome photos for *seeing* math in nature

Apple Fractions ☼ Jerry Pallotta, better than average book on fractions

Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference, Solve the Crime! by Anna Nilsen and  the companion on Modern Art, The Great Art Scandal.

Connecting Art to Mathematics: Activities for the Right Brain

Explorations With Tesselmania!: Activities for Math and Art Classrooms

Fascinating Fibonaccis: Mystery and Magic in Numbers

Fibonacci Fun: Fascinating Activities With Intriguing Numbers

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

G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book by David M. Schwartz

I Love Math: Play Ball, Sports Math (No 6) - Sports Math - Sports theme, many math concepts explored in one book.

I Love Math: Pterodactyl Tunnel - Amusement Park Math (No 10) Math puzzles, activities and stories with a dinosaur theme.

I Love Math: The Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes Zoo Math  - Math through a trip to the zoo

I Love Math: The Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math

I Love Math: From Head to Toe, Body Math

I Love Math: How Do Octopi Eat Pizza Pie?: Pizza Math (I Love Math)

I Love Math: Right in Your Own Backyard: Nature Math  ☼ This one is a favorite

If You Hopped Like A Frog  ☼ by David M. Schwartz, relative comparisons

Images of Infinity by Leapfrogs Group- Artistic representations of infinity

In Shadowland by Anno, Mitsumasa 1988 Perspective, dimensions

Joy of Thinking Video Series – (Teaching Company Series accessible to middle school level on up, or parent resource

Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz

Math in the Bath: (and other fun places, too!) by Sara Atherlay

Math-terpieces ☼ by Greg Tang - math activities famous art works

A Mathematical Mystery Tour: Higher-Thinking Math Tasks by Mark Wahl, nice activity book on math in art, nature, patterns

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)

Nine Animals and the Well by Rumford, James

Number art: Thirteen 123s from around the world by Leonard Fisher - beautiful book on the history of how our number digits came to look the way they do. I may have liked this one better than my kids :o)

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

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

Reflections and Round Trip by Ann Jonas – These are very cleverly done books on perspective and orientation

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

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat ☼   Pappas, Theoni 1997 Math exploration

Animal Records - Amazing Book of Mammal Records

Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics , ☼ by Norton Juster - Very fun book that appeals to all ages

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

The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Places ☼

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 >

Brown Paper School book: I Hate Mathematics! (Brown Paper School Books) ☼ Burns, 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 Number Devil ☼ 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 Phantom Tollbooth, ☼ Norton Juster

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

The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen, "soft" math, but ideas of profiles

What Shape Is It? by Bobbie Kalman Geometry in Nature

What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah? ☼ By Robert E. Wells, living science book as well

What's Older Than A Giant Turtle? Robert Wells

What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? ☼ by Robert E. Wells, living science book as well

Wild Fibonacci: Nature's Secret Code Revealed by Joy Hulme

Yellow Umbrella (New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards)) by Jae Soo Liu, very unusual book with CD - listen to the music identifying mathematical progressions

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, number vocabulary (solo, duet, trio up to octet) - Caldecott Honor

Zoom and Re-Zoom, by Istvan Banyai - An unusual and interesting way to introduce perspective


Middle School on Up

Life By the Numbers ☼ Devlin, Kevin   1998   Math in Life

Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci  ☼ by Bulent Atalay Review

MC Esher's books are great representations of math and art

The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers

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

   Li: Dynamic Form in Nature, Wade, David   Math in Nature
   Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music, Ashton, Anthony
   Essential Elements: Atoms, Quarks, and the Periodic Table, Tweed, Matt
   Platonic & Archimedean Solids, Sutton, Daud
   Sacred Geometry, Lundy, Miranda
   A Little Book of Coincidence, by John Martineau (Illustrator)
   Sun, Moon, & Earth, by Robin Heath
   Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae, by Matthew Watkins

   Stonehenge, by Robin Heath