probability and data

Probability and Statistics, Combinations, Factorials; Graphing and Data

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

Suggest a reader for this list


Probability and Statistics

A Very Improbable Story: A Math Adventure by Edward Reinhold

Anno's Magic Seeds ► Anno, Masaichiro & Mitsumasa – Advanced for addition / subtraction, but see article for ideas how to use with younger ages

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar ► Anno, Masaichiro & Mitsumasa 1983 Size, perspective, counting, nesting, factorials. Beautifully illustrated, surprising in simplicity and complexity, a classic for a wide audience

Big Ideas for Growing Mathematicians: Exploring Elementary Math with 20 Ready-to-Go Activities (ages 10-14) by Ann Kajander

Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians: Kids Discovering the Beauty of Math with 22 Ready-to-Go Activities (ages 6-11)

Cartoon Guide to Statistics, Gonick, Larry 1993 (I haven’t read all of this, some of his stuff has some questionable material for some parents, but what I’ve seen in this book is okay)

Cartoon Guide to Statistics Cushman, Jean/Weston, Martha 1991 Probability

How To Lie With Charts, Jones, Gerald Everett, 1995, understanding data

How To Lie With Statistics, Huff, Darrell, 1954, dated but very good book on statistics

Isaac Newton and His Apple (Dead Famous Series, a fairly hefty and enjoyable bio)

It's Probably Penny by Loreen Leedy

MathStart Readers by Stuart Murphy: The Sundae Scoop, Combinations, L. 2; Probably Pistachio, Probability L. 2 / The Best Vacation Ever, Collecting Data, L. 2 / Lemonade for Sale Bar Graphs, L. 3 / Less Than Zero F L. 3, graphing and negative numbers Pig Math by Amy Axelrod Pigs At Odds, Fun with Math and Games / Pigs on the Ball, Fun with Math and Sports (graphing included)

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

Pigs at Odds by Amy Axelrod

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

Professor Fiendish's Bk of Diabolical Brain Benders, Poskitt, Kjartan/Reeve, Philip 2002 Math puzzles.

Socrates and the Three Little Pigs by Mitsumasa Anno - How many ways can three little pigs be placed in five houses so that no two are in the same house? Advanced concepts, but can use for mult & skip counting

Statistics (Science Court Investigations) Comic style statistics, graphing, decent intro

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat zPappas, Theoni1997Math exploration

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

The Great Graph Contest by Loreen Leedy, fun book and artwork, see review

Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger F by Ann Whitehead Nagda, Nice book!

Wooden Books: Gorgeous illustrations!  Lots of science, art and nature crossover.  A Little Book of Coincidence, by John Martineau

Young Math Series: Graph Games by Frederique and Papy, very young intro to graphing

Young Math: Probability by Charles F. Linn

Young Math: Statistics by Srivastava, Jane Jonas 1973   Excellent intro to statistics for younger


Multi-Concept Resources: These resources cover many math concepts, including number properties and number families, negative numbers and properties of zero:

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

Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians: Kids Discovering the Beauty of Math with 22 Ready-to-Go Activities by Ann Kajander, activities

The Cat in Numberland by Ivar Ekeland and John O'Brien ► This is one of our most-loved read-alouds, fun book!

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

Go Figure!: A Totally Cool Book About Numbers by Johnny Ball, nice photos and graphics

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

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 Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking , by Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird - hs+ level, featured lecturers of the Joy of Thinking series I value very highly - I'll post more info on the book when I get it

I Love Math Series, Timelife ► - There are 13 of these multi-concept books, each with themes ranging from sports and nature to space and the mall. They are out of print, but still available. See the "I Love Math" page for the list of books with brief descriptions. These may be the most read math readers in our home library over the past decade. Try The Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math and others.

The Journey of Al & Gebra to the Land of Algebra by Bethanie H. Tucker

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures F 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, 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, 1995 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)

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

Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams- activities, stories, games

Murderous Maths (don’t forget the ‘s’) ► 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. Do You Feel Lucky? The Secrets of Probability Murderous Maths and Numbers: The Key to the Universe (Number sequences)

Playing with Infinity: Mathematical Explorations and Excursions by Rózsa Péter – High school on up level, but starts at the beginning with addition concepts building up to infinity for older readers / adults. Nice explanation of negative numbers.

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

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure ► Enzensberger, Hans Magnus/Berner, Rotraut Susanne. Multi-concepts, cute illustrations. Fun classic, very wide appeal, can be read aloud to even very young kids