Teaching Multiplication
with Children's Books

Not long ago, teaching multiplication largely meant helping children learn their times tables. That was certainly true when we were children in elementary school. Until recently, learning multiplication was ALL about memorization.

Now, the focus is on helping kids visualize the numbers involved and see the bigger picture of multiplication--like understanding why it's more useful than counting, what the different real world applications are, etc.  That's generally the more difficult aspect of teaching multiplication. Luckily that's where fun and clever children's books excel!

These books will add a blast of fun to your lessons, or if you are a parent, these books can help supplement the math that your child is learning in school. Multiplication has never been so fun! The list below of math books for kids includes links to buy the books on Amazon. Or, to save 50% or more with our math SALE books.

Best Multiplication Picture Books
with links to buy on Amazon

The Lion's Share by Matthew McElligott

The Lion's Share
('A Tale of Halving Cake and
Eating It,Too' -- a great story
for teaching multiplication)
1st grade - 3rd grade

Amanda Beans Amazing Dream -- a Multiplication story

Amanda Bean's
Amazing Dream

(a dream helps a girl see
the benefits of multiplying
verses counting)

2nd grade - 4th grade

The Best of Times Math Strategies that Multiply

The Best of Times
(shows the benefits of
logical and creative
thinking when multiplying)
3rd grade - 6th grade

7x9=Trouble math reader

(early reader about a boy who struggles with multiplication)
2nd grade - 4th grade

The Grapes of Math -- multiplication riddles picture book

The Grapes of Math
(math riddles that encourage
creative math thinking)
2nd grade - 6th grade

365 Penguins math picture book

365 Penguins
(the arrival of a penguin a day
teaches multiplication)
1st grade - 4th grade

Math Appeal by Greg Tang

Math Appeal
(math riddles that get kids to
think outside the box when

solving multiplication)
1st grade - 4th grade

Multiplying Menace

Multiplying Menace
(a boy can save his kingdom
if he can get Rumpelstiltskin's

multiplying wand)
3rd grade - 6th grade

2x2=Boo!  Multiplication Stories

2 x 2 = Boo! 
(a set of spooky stories for
teaching multiplication) 
2nd grade - 4th grade

One Grain of Rice by Demi

One Grain of Rice
(a folk tale that teaches
how quickly numbers
grow when doubled)

1st grade - 8th grade

The King's Commissioners multiplication picture book

King's Commissioners
(a young princess uses
multiplication to solve a
problem for the king)

2nd grade - 4th grade

Now for My Next Number Times Tables Songs

Now For My Next

(fun, easy-to-memorize songs
teach times tables--incl. CD)
2nd grade - 5th grade

Math Attack! Multiplication Picture Book

Math Attack!
(SILLY tale of a girl struggling
to learn multiplication)
1st grade - 3rd grade

Minnie's Diner

Minnie's Diner
(waitress feeds each brother
2xs what his sibling ate)
1st grade - 4th grade

The Rabbit Problem story about multiplication

The Rabbit Problem
(follow two rabbits thru a
year their brood grows)

1st grade - 5th grade

One Is a Snail Ten Is a Crab

One is a Snail,
Ten is a Crab

(figuring out the number
of feet different animals
via adding & multiplying)

Preschool - 3rd grade

The King's Chessboard

The King's Chessboard
(a folk tale that teaches
how quickly numbers
grow when doubled)
2nd grade - 6th grade

Too Many Kangaroo
Things to Do!

(friends use multiplication to
plan what needs to be done
for kangaroo's birthday party)
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Breakfast at Danny's Diner multiplication early reader

Breakfast at
Danny's Diner

  (an early reader about multiplication)
1st grade - 3rd grade

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar

Anno's Mysterious
Multiplying Jar

(an old...but classic...
story about multiplying)

1st grade & Up

The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street math reader

512 Ants on
Sullivan Street

(one ant stumbles upon a
picnic, then two, and so on)

1st grade - 3rd grade

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