# Books on Addition for Kids(continued...)

Below is a continuation of our list of the best books on addition for kids:

written and illustrated by Loreen Leedy

(1st grade - 3rd grade)  Miss Prime and her class are learning addition facts via a variety of scenarios, like taking a survey, figuring out the total on a lunch bill, and pretending to be detectives and adding up clues. In their review of the book, School Library Journal promises that "under Leedy's sure hand, Mission: Addition will not be Mission: Impossible." Indeed, this book makes learning addition facts fun!

Below are the first two spreads from inside Mission Addition by Loreen Leedy. As you can see, this format is full of great educational content on addition for kids, but may not be appropriate for a read-aloud... unless you work in small groups or can gather the children really close. (If you have an Elmo, see the lesson ideas link.)  In these spreads, the characters are trying to solve the mystery of who ate the teacher's cookies using addition and the available clues.

written and illustrated by Lynette Long

(Kindergarten - 3rd grade)  This book works!  Domino Addition is a great resource for teaching addition for kids because it's packed full of visual representations and little tasks that get the reader engaged (ie: find all the dominoes with a given total; add the dots to find the total...)

This book isn't super creative, but it is a math workhorse! We only wish we had big books of this title.  In fact, we are considering buying another copy of the book, one that we can tear apart and make into visual aides when we teach 'ways to make' (using the left sides of each spread).  Since this will peak kids interest, we'll definitely want a copy in the class library as well.  Two copies, but oh so worth it!

Kirkus Reviews called it "a math game and counting book that takes advantage of the intuitive understanding of addition that children gain from a set of dominoes ... a well-designed book."

Here's the first of the spreads for each number. This one is for zero, so the math is quite basic, but as the numbers go up, the complexity increases.

8.)  The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street
a Hello Math Reader (Level 4) by Carol Losi; illustrated by Patrick Merrill

(1st grade - 3rd grade)  Just as a little girl and an adult lay out a picnic, one ant sees them through a telescope and heads over for a bite to eat. Before long, two ants are on the scene, then four, then eight, and so on and so on. The number of ants keeps doubling and doubling until finally there are 512 ants at the feast. Readers will be amazed how quickly the number grows!

This book isn't just for teaching basic lessons in addition for kids. It's also helpful for teaching doubling (this book clearly demonstrates how huge a number can get when it's doubled just nine times) and multiplication (this is a great pick for early lessons on multiplication!)

We agree with Booklist, who said the "bright, cartoon-like art will keep children's interest despite the purposeful, pedagogical underpinnings of the story."  Be sure to check out the suggested math activities (more on that below). Here's a sample from the back:

9.)  1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions
by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Barbara Sexton

(1st grade - 3rd grade)  When does 1+1=3? When you add 1 unicorn and 1 goat, you get 3 horns. Cheerful, bright illustrations are paired with fun math riddles in this book that encourages children to creatively approach learning addition.

We like this book, but we also TOTALLY agree with Booklist who said this book is "for students with a grasp of basic math [important caveat!]...the engaging situations will make kids count and think."  Kids who are just learning addition will find this book very confusing.  For this reason, this isn't one of our favorite books on addition for kids at an early stage.

10.)  Five Silly Fishermen
a Step Into Reading Math Reader by Roberta Edwards; illustrated by Sylvia Wickstrom

(Preschool - 1st grade)  In this math early reader about addition for kids, five fishermen set off for a daily on the water. When they return to shore, a simple addition mistake leads them to believe they have lost one of their mates! Panic ensues until a little girl explains their addition error (they weren't counting themselves.)

School Library Journal called this book "good silly fun for very young readers."  The math lesson is understated and takes a backseat to the humor of the story, but your kids will get the lesson. Below are sample spreads. It's a simple story but so effective in illustrating this commonly made mistake that young kids often make!