Books on Subtraction for Kids
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Below is a continuation of our list of the best books on subtraction for kids:

6.  The Action of Subtraction 
a Math is Categorical series book by Brian Cleary; illustrated by Brian Gable


The Action of Subtraction -- Math is Categorical

(1st Grade - 3rd Grade)  Yea! Another zany math adventure from the Math is Categorical team of Cleary and Gable. Silly but educational rhyming text is paired with wacky cartoon cats and other animals. Together they teach about basic subtraction and provide ample instructive examples.  As usual, this Math is Categorical  book is just silly enough to attract the attention of kids who think they don't like math!  And it will definitely be popular among "teachers who want to appeal to a variety of learning styles." (School Library Journal)  A fun book on subtraction for kids.

Here are two spreads from inside this book. The text is a lot of fun to read and explains subtraction for kids in a way they will understand. Put it in your classroom library; the kids will look at it over and over again. :)


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7.  Subtraction Action   written and illustrated by Loreen Leedy


Subtraction Action by Loreen Leedy

(Kindergarten - 2nd grade) Miss Prime is back, this time teaching basic subtraction, including the definition of 'difference', how to write an equation, regrouping, and more. A trip to the school fair then provides fun practical applications of subtraction for kids. It's "a zany book that is sure to make a difference!" (School Library Journal)

This book is a solid choice for your classroom library or for small group work--for students have some familiarity with subtraction (the pages are too busy for early introductions).  The format makes it difficult to use this book for whole class instruction on subtraction for kids, unless you have a document camera to project the images.

Here are sample spreads from inside Subtraction Action, illustrated and laid out in Leedy's trademark style. As you can see, the pages are in comic book style, with a lot happening on each page. If you use this as a read aloud, it'd also be helpful to put it in your classroom library so students can pick up all the small details they perhaps couldn't see when you read it aloud.


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8. 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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9.  Shark Swimathon 
A MathStart series book by Stuart Murphy; illustrated by Lynn Cravath


Shark Swimathon mathstart subtraction book

(Grade 1 - Grade 3) "Sharks, sports, and subtraction--it's a winning combination!" (Booklists)  This book is a cute Math Start book that's great for teaching early lessons on two-digit subtraction. In the story, the Ocean City Sharks are preparing for the Shark Swimathon so a local bank offers to sponsor them if they can swim 75 laps by the end of the week. To meet their challenge, they swim every day and use subtraction to figure out how many laps are left to go.

The two digit subtraction problems are discussed and written on a board by the coach -- which really helps drive home the subtractions problems for readers!   School Library Journal said "this entertaining story would work well as a supplement to lessons on two-digit subtraction." We agree. This is a great pick for teaching subtraction for kids, especially for showing a 'real world' application, and could easily be extended into a hands on activity.

Below are typical spreads from inside this book. It's a cute story, although a little wordy. To read the text, you can click on the image to make them larger. In short, in the spreads below, the Ocean City Shark swim team is excitedly talking about attending the state swim camp but soon realize that in order to attend, they will need money to get there and money for lunches (especially since "they were always hungry.")  So, they come up with a solution that requires lots of math!  :)


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10.  Panda Math 
Learning About Subtraction from Hua Mei & Mei Sheng by Ann Whitehead Nagda


Panda Math subtraction real world examples

(2nd grade - 5th grade)  In Panda Math: Learning About Subtraction from Hua Mei and Mei Sheng, readers see how the zoo caretakers regularly use subtraction to measure and assess different aspects of the pandas' early development (ie: bamboo consumption, life span, and sleep habits.)

Each subtraction problem includes a graphic depiction to help visual learners see the math involved in the scenario.  There's quite a bit of text on every page, so you many want to break the book up into several different lessons.

Similar in format to the author's Tiger Math (graphing), Cheetah Math (division) or Chimp Math (time).   And one extra benefit... there's A LOT of interesting details about pandas (including adorable photos!) making it "a terrific cross-curricular book." (School Library Journal)

Here are two spreads from inside this book. As you can see, there's quite a lot of text on each page, so this may not be a 'one sitting' read.  And, it's a great book to use when teaching subtraction for kids who like to ask "why I have to learn this stuff". This book provides a compelling answer.  What kid doesn't want to grow up and work with pandas as a job. If they do...they need to know subtraction. :)


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