Books About Math


The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter


Winter, Jeanette

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How does one make geometry come alive? By reading this book about Zaha Hadid, a female architect from Iraq who dreamed up and created dozens of designs that shaped architecture around the world.

Why Read This Book?

At the end of this book, a few of Ms. Hadid's designs are labeled. A fun project would be to go online and find real pictures of these amazing works of art.

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"A Second is a Hiccup" by Hazel Hutchins

How long is a second? What can you do in a minute? What changes occur in a month? These questions (and more) are answered in this sweet text. Children can start to consider how long various lengths of time last to put time into perspective. As an additional activity, ask your child to consider any other activities they could do in the various amounts of time depicted in the book. 

Hutchins, H. (2004). A second is a hiccup. New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine Books.


"Shapes that Roll" by Karen Nagel

Shapes are everywhere! This colorful book filled with pictures, turned into shapes, reminds us that shapes are in everything we see. This book allows children to learn the names of different shapes and understand the difference between similar shapes. An extension project could include having your child draw a picture of a house/car/park/etc. only using shapes. Another idea could be going on a shapes scavenger hunt. As your child finds a shape, take a picture of it/label it/write it on a list.

Nagel, K. (2009). Shapes that roll. Maplewood, NJ: Blue Apple Books.


"Count on It" by Wiley Blevins

Summary: Help Gigi plan her birthday party by counting, tapping, and tracing all of the items needed to make her big day special! This sweet book helps children to focus in on counting and numbers by encouraging children to interact with the words and pictures. A great early counting book for young children.

Blevins, W. (2016). Count on it. South Egremont, MA: Red Chair Press.


"Equal Shmequal" by Virginia Krall with illustrations by Philomena O'Neill

Summary: Mouse, Bear, Bobcat, and other friends want to play tug-of-war but in order to do so must form equal teams. The friends figure out together what equal means (does it mean meat eaters vs. plant eaters, furry animals vs. non-furry animals, etc.) by expirementing until they do have teams ready to compete in tug-of-war! This adorable book does a great job of explaining math terms such as equal and has a glossary at the end that explains other definitions for the term "equal". Children will think the book is funny and will be able to help the friends figure out how to make equal teams.

Krall, V. (2005). Equal Shmequal. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc. 


 Other Books About Math:

  • "One Very Big Bear" by Alice Briere-Haquet
  • "Walter's Wonderful Web" by Tim Hopgood