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Best math books for kids

Updated on February 10, 2015

Nothing is more important to a child's education than an early grasp of basic math. Math is something we use all our lives. Giving a child the right math book can give them a lasting advantage over their peers.

In this article we will review some of the best math books for kids.

Math Curse

Age: 5 to 10 years

The book is full of math concepts, all presented in the context of everyday problems. This makes it a valuable tool in demonstrating the necessity of good math skills.

The book introduces some very important math ideas such as base numbers (used in computers which use binary), logic, combinations and the Fibonacci series.

The main character in the book shares her frustration and anxiety about math. This shows kids that it's OK to initially feel this way about math.

40 Fabulous Math Mysteries Kids Can't Resist

Age: 9 to 13 years

The problems in this book are all phrased as mysteries. The child has to read the mystery. Then apply math to solve the problems. The problems are interesting and fun. Also they build skills that kids can use in real life situations. The problems are suitable for solving alone or in a group. All the answers are in the back of the book, so you can check the work.

You could use Amazon's Search Inside feature to check out some of the mysteries yourself.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Age: 4 to 8 years

I would call this book a mathematically educational story book. In the book Sir Cumference, his wife the Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius have to solve the problems of the king's table. Initially the table is too long. Then the table has too few sides, other shapes have different problems. Eventually they settle on a round table. Cute book that helps young kids to learn basic shapes and geometric terms.

Fraction Fun

Age: 5 to 9 years

This book is a great introduction to fractions. The colorful practical examples do a great job of explaining both equivalent and adding fractions. Kids love the pizza math.

The book encourages kids to weigh pennies, pencils, nickels, and tissues, to determine their weight in fractions. All of which is explained in very simple straight forward ways.

Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra

Age: 9 to 12 years

This is the story of Tess a teenage girl who images everything around her as it relates to math. Concepts introduced in the book include graphs, tangents, logic and DNE.

Tess has several mysteries to solve: a suicide, a stolen history test and a possible cheating scandal. This all keeps kids interested and reading.

The Grapes Of Math

Age: 4 to 8 years

The book is a series of counting riddles which try to get you to find short cuts in the math. The riddles are written in verse and help kids to develop grouping, multi-step thinking and pattern recognition.

Clever rhymes and colorful illustrations keep kids entertained and interested in the math problems. The subjects of the riddles are natural objects like cheese, plants and insects.

Here is part of one of the riddles: "To help you find the right amount;Group by fives before you count". The answer to each riddle is in the back of the book, so they can check their work.

If you enjoyed best math books for kids you should also read best nonfiction books for children and best science books for kids.

Best math book for kids
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