Math Addition Books for Kids
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Below is a continuation of our list of the best books on math/addition books for kids:

11.  365 Penguins 
by Jean-Luc Fromental; illustrated by Joƫlle Jolivet


365 Penguins math picture book

(1st grade - 4th grade)  A family is baffled when their uncle, an ecologist, keeps sending them a penguin a day. They quickly become overwhelmed trying to care for the increasing penguins and finally use multiplication to organize, feed and care for them.

It's a silly storyline, but the math lesson is a lot of fun and the retro-style, black-orange- and-blue illustrations are really unique! In their reviews of this book, School Library Journal points out that "the text provides endless opportunities for word problems" and Booklist says "this is a lively romp from the beginning to the end-- when the first polar bear arrives."

The following sample pages show the tired and overwhelmed family after just one month of having a penguin arrive each day. As months go on and penguins keep arriving, the hilarity--and the application of math to help them cope-- increases.


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12. Mall Mania
A MathStart series (level 2) book by Stuart Murphy, illustrated by R.W.Alley


Mall Mania Mathstart Addition

(1st grade - 3rd grade)  The Parkside Mall is holding a "Mall Mania" day, and to celebrate, the 100th person to enter the mall will win a prize. It's the job of a group of friends to add up shoppers as they enter one of the four doors of the mall. Throughout the day, they share their numbers via walkie talkies, with each update using a range of addition strategies.

As with all Math Start books, the last few pages of the book include ideas for extending the learning.  Below are some spreads from inside this cute MathStart book:



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13. Math-terpieces
The Art of Problem Solving by Greg Tang, illustrated by Greg Paprocki


Mathterpieces math picture book

(1st grade - 4th grade)  In this creative mix of art and math, Tang uses 12 famous works of art to help kids see the benefits of grouping. Each spread features a painting from a famous artist and a poem that poses a related math problem.

For example, Degas' Dance Rehearsal is shown next to a page showing a number of ballet shoes. Readers are asked to find the sum by grouping by seven first ("Can you make 7 with these shoes? / Three clever ways earn rave reviews.")   Through the illustrations, readers can see that there are three distinct ways to logically, quickly group the shoes, rather than simple counting.

Here are spreads from inside this book.  Each spread presents a famous work of art, with a facing page showing some element from the masterpiece. The text then poses a number sense, addition or subtraction problem to solve.


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14.  Math for All Seasons
Mind-Stretching Math Riddles by Greg Tang; illustrated by Harry Briggs


math for all seasons

(1st grade - 4th grade)  This title show the power of thinking creatively when solving addition problems. Illustrations and riddles depict the seasons and ask the reader to determine 'how many' using clues that encourage creative problem solving.

Through these math puzzles, your class will 'get' that here's more than one way to solve a problem, making this title ideal to use early on when teaching addition-- early enough that students get used to thinking 'outside the box' rather than always falling back on memorization and formulas. Publisher's Weekly called it "a powerful path to math learning." Below are example spreads from inside this book.


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15. The Sundae Scoop
A MathStart series (level 2) book by Stuart Murphy, illustrated by R.W.Alley


(1st grade - 3rd grade)  In this MathStart series book, readers see how many different combinations of ice-cream sundaes can be made with 6 different ingredients to choose from. In the story, a group of kids are putting on an ice-cream booth at their school picnic. In their booth, they have two types ice cream, two kinds of sauce, and two choices of toppings.

Here are some sample pages.  The math lesson on combinations is solid, but what we really like about this book are the adorable illustrations by Cynthia Jabar. We love her style!


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