Place Value, Groups of Tens / Hundreds, Number Bases

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

Suggest a reader for this list

Alien Math by Marya Washington Tyler - number bases

Base Five, (Young Math Books) by David Adler.  Number base systems

Binary Numbers (Young Math Books) by Clyde Watson

Counting Systems: The Familiar and the Unusual Luce, Marnie/Stenson, Charles - Lots of practice with number bases in this one. History & description of number systems, oop

Hello Math Readers512 Ants On Sullivan Street (Level 4) by Losi, L. – by Carol A. Losi (sequence is Base 2 / binary) / 98, 99, 100! Ready or Not, Here I Come! (Level 2) Skip-counting to 100 by 2s, 5s, 10s and 20's / Monster Math Picnic (level 1) Grace Maccarone

The History of Counting by Denise Schmandt-Besserat 

How to Count Like a Martian (upper elem level) by Glory St. John - Systems of counting including the Egyptian base ten, the Babylonian base sixty, the Hindu system using three symbols, and the abacus and computer systems. Out of print.

The King's Chessboard  ► Birch, David/Grebu. Doubling exponentially (therefore intro to base 2). Based on a historically famous tale. Demi's One Grain Of Rice is a similar tale with beautiful artwork.

MathStart Readers by Stuart MurphyEarth Day--Hooray! (MathStart 3) Grouping and counting by units, 10s and 100s; 100 Days of Cool (MathStart 2) Qualities of 100

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag, this book is a classic

Multi-Concept Resources: See list below.

One Hundred Ways To Get To 100 by Pallotta, Jerry

Roman Numerals (Young Math Books) by David Adler

Secrets in Stone: All About Maya Hieroglyphics by Laurie Coulter, includes section on the Mayan number system, glyph template in the back, one sensitive reference to human sacrifice in the book you can edit out if reading aloud

Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt 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, a free version is available on Google Video.

Two Hundred Rabbits by Lonzo Anderson

Warlord's Beads, The (Warlord's Series) by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Zookeeper for a Day (Math Adventures) by Wendy Clemson


Multi-Concept Resources: These resources cover many math concepts, including place value and number bases:

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

Alice in Numberland (I Love Math/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. Other I Love Math books include these concepts.

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

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

Historical Connections in Mathematics Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Wilbert and Luetta Reimer - Activity books that go along with the Mathematicians Are People, Too series, published by AIMS Education

I Hate Mathematics! (Brown Paper School Books) Burns, Marilyn/Weston, Martha - Genl math/math history. Classic

The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering Mathematics All Around You by Theoni Pappas. Math in nature/science/art, music, history, literature - classic

Math for Smarty Pants, a Brown Paper School book ► by Marilyn Burns – this one is for approximately 4rd grade on up. TONS of different math ideas in this.

Math Smart Junior: Grade School Math Made Easy  (Princeton Smart Juniors Grades 6 to 8) ► Lerner, Marcia Princeton Review, dumb name but great story math book for upper elem, my son read this repeatedly, for older kids (concepts start at addition and move to early algebra). Includes history, words and numbers, metric system, number bases

Math Smart Junior II: More Math Made Easy (Princeton Review Series) by Paul Foglino (for upper elem / middle school) – topics not covered in Math Smart I including history, words and numbers, metric system, number bases

Mr. Base Ten Invents Mathematics by Bethany H. Tucker. Very simple story-based math.

Murderous Maths (don’t forget the ‘s’) 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.

Playing with Infinity: Mathematical Explorations and Excursions – High school on up level, but starts at the beginning with addition concepts building up to infinity. Nice explanation of negative numbers. Roman Numerals I to MM by Arthur Geisart