Teaching Addition
with great children's books

If you're teaching addition to your children, check out these creative, educational picture books that make learning addition so much fun! These books make learning addition so fun!

Memorizing addition facts is the easy part of teaching addition. What is often more difficult for children is formulating the math problem from a real world scenario and/or seeing how addition is used in everyday life. That's where addition children's books come in handy. Teachers can use the books from this list to add a fun literacy component to their math addition lessons and parents can read these books with their kids to help reinforce what's taught in the classroom.

Either way, the learning will be so much fun! The list below of math books for kids includes links to buy the books on Amazon.  Or, to save 50% or more on math children's books, check out our list of SALE math books. 

Best Books for Teaching Addition
with links to buy on Amazon

What's New at the Zoo addition picture book

Whats New at the Zoo?
(zoo scenes pose
addition scenarios)

Kindergarten - Grade 1

One Is a Snail Ten is a Crab addition picture book

One is a Snail,
Ten is a Crab

(counting/adding the feet
of different animals)

Preschool - 2nd grade

The Mission of Addition

The Mission of Addition
(cartoony approach to
addition--kids love!)
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Quack and Count adding story

Quack and Count
(a duck family waddles into
different ways to make seven)

Preschool - 1st grade

Animals on Board

Animals on Board
(one digit addition story
problems plus a mystery)

Preschool - 2nd grade

Domino Addition

Domino Addition
(uses dominoes to teach
counting and addition facts)

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street early math reader

512 Ants on Sullivan St
(one ant stumbles upon a picnic,
then two, then four, and so on)

1st grade - 3rd grade

Five Silly Fishermen early math reader

Five Silly Fishermen
(a funny tale of adding
errors leading to panic)

Preschool - 1st grade

Mathterpieces math picture book

uses famous art to help kids
see benefits of grouping)

1st grade - 4th grade

365 Penguins math picture book

365 Penguins
(the arrival of a penguin
a day teaches adding)

1st grade - 4th grade

math for all seasons

Math for All Seasons
(power of thinking creatively
when solving addition)

1st grade - 4th grade

Mission Addition

Mission: Addition
(Miss Prime's class learns
to add in different scenarios)

1st grade - 3rd grade

Mall Mania Mathstart Addition

Mall Mania
(friends count mall visitors to
see who'll be the 100th one)

1st grade - 3rd grade


and Other Unlikely Additions
(fun riddles, not for beginners!)
1st grade - 3rd grade

The Sundae Scoop
(different combinations
in making a sundae)

1st grade - 3rd grade

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books for teaching addition

And lastly, while we specialize in reviewing children's books, we have run across some pretty cool educational learning toys that we think would be great for teaching addition in the classroom or at home. Check out these fun options: