Multi-Concept Math Readers and Series

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

Suggest a reader for this list

A Gebra Named Al: A Novel Wendy Isdell  See review, we like it even if Amazon readers may not, notice the "bad" reviews are from kids assigned the book from school

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat Pappas, Theoni1997Math exploration

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

Alice in Pastaland: A Math Adventure – picture book

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

The Cat in Numberland by Ivar Ekeland and John O'Brien

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

Counting Systems. Luce, Marnie/Stenson, Charles1969   History & description of number systems, oop

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

Dr. Wright's Kitchen Table Math Book 1 by Chris Wright, Phd, published by Art of Problem Solving. See Art of Problem Solving for TOC, excerpts and to order.

The Essential Arithmetricks (Operations) – A Murderous Maths book by Kjartan Poskitt

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

Fractions are Parts of Things by J. Richard Dennis

Fun With Math with Games and Puzzles by Lakshmi Hewavisenti- I have found 2 of these, there is an entire series, Amazon has 3:   Problem Solving       Shapes and Solids       Counting

G is for Googol, A Math Alphabet Book by David M. Schwartz

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

Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book About Numbers

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

How Little and How Much: A Book about Scales by Franklyn M. Branley

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

I Love Math Series - Out of print, but still available . . lots of math concepts

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

Less Than Nothing is Really Something by Robert Froman

Magical Mystery Tour by Mark Dahl. Excellent activity book for Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean.

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures Tahan, Malba, Chapter book, loosely based on the story of Khayyam, some stories are accessible to younger children, but portions are advanced

Math Curse Scieszka, Jon/Smith, Lane 1995 Number series. Abstract, in your face humor, classic, wide appeal to all ages

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

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

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

Math Trek : Adventures in the Math Zone, Ivan Petersen

Math Trek 2 : A Mathematical Space Odyssey, Peterson, Ivars, somewhat of an activity book, youth

More Murderous Maths (more general math and math/science history) Murderous Maths (don’t forget the ‘s’) F All by Kjartan Poskitt, Guaranteed to contain no nasty exercises and no boring sums!  
Murderous Maths (General math and math/science history) 
Murderous Maths Vicious Circles and other Savage Shapes (Geometry)
Murderous Maths: Do You Feel Lucky? The Secrets of Probability
Murderous Maths: Attack of the Killer Puzzles
Murderous Maths: Desperate Measures (Length, Area and Volume)
Murderous Maths: The Mean and Vulgar Bits (Fractions and Averages) by Kjartan Poskitt
Murderous Maths: Vicious Circles and other Savage Shapes (Geometry)
Numbers: The Key to the Universe (Number sequences)
Professor Fiendish's Book of Diabolical Brain Benders, Poskitt, Kjartan/Reeve, Philip. Math puzzles

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

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

MathStart Readers   See Complete List of Readers by Concept below.

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

Number Families  Srivastava, Jane Jonas/Ehlert, Lois1979

Odds & Chances for Kids   Riedel, Manfred 1979 Probability, history, stories. Much is in storytelling form

The Phantom Tollbooth  Norton Juster

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

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

Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt F 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.

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.

World of Numbers, A Trip Through Numbers by Eileen Doolittle, Starr Ockenga

Young Math Series - Out of print, hard to find, nice when you do . .


For older readers:

All the Math You'll Ever NeedSlavin, Steve1999General Math - great refresher, very few problems.

Big Ideas for Growing Mathematicians (ages 10 – 14) by Ann Kajander

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid  Hofstadter, Douglas R. – Advanced but an interested adolescent can read it, more for adults, math in many contexts, Pulitzer Price Winner Classic

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

Life By the Numbers Devlin, Kevin   1998   Math in Life

Magical Mystery Tour by Mark Dahl. Excellent activity book for Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean.

Speed Mathematics Using the Vedic System The Essential Arithmetricks (Operations) – A Murderous Maths book by Kjartan Poskitt

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 Hunting of the Snark : An Agony in Eight Fits, Lewis Carroll

The I Hate Mathematics! Book Burns, Marilyn/Weston, Martha1975General math/math history. Classic

Wooden Books - Many concepts in this series. 

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