Martha
Blah Blah
by Susan Meddaugh
Martha the dog begins to talk
after eating alphabet soup. When some pasta letters
disappear, Martha’s speech suffers.
Activity: analyzing frequency of use
of letters, using probability and statistics 
Anno’s
Magic Seeds
by Mitsumasa Anno
A wizard gives Jack two magic
seeds. He plants some and saves some in changing patterns.
Activity: searching for patterns and predicting
using patterns 

A
Million Fish…More or Less
by Pat Mckissack
A boy catches a million fish
but loses some to hungry animals on his way home.
Activity: large numbers matched with
things the number could and could not represent 

Counting
on Frank
by Rod Clement
A boy makes endless calculations.
Activity: measurement problems using proportional
reasoning 

Grandfather
Tang’s Story
by Ann Tompert
Grandfather Tang illustrates his stories
with tangram shapes.
Activity: making tangrams, investigating
shapes, exploring area and measurement 

The
King’s Chessboard
by David Birch
A chessboard illustrates the power
of doubling.
Activity: using measurement and multiplication 

Two
Ways to Count to Ten
by Ruby Dee
Sometimes the cleverest animal
wins the prize.
Activity: finding factors 

Marvelous
Math
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Poems featuring the ways mathematics
is part of our daily lives.
Activity: writing math poems 

The
Warlord’s Puzzle
by Virginia Walton Pilegard
When a tile is broken into pieces,
a competition is held to reassemble it.
Activity: using tangrams to make different
polygons 

One
Riddle, One Answer
by Lauren Thompson
A Persian princess asks her suitors
to solve a mathematical riddle.
Activity: solving the riddle in the book,
writing mathematical riddles 

Esio
Trot
by Roald Dahl
Mr. Hoppy convinces Mrs. Silver that
her tortoise is growing by replacing it with 140 slightly
larger ones.
Activity: How many trips would it take
to bring the tortoises home 15 at a time? Ten at a time?
Ten or 15 each time? 

Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing
There Is?
by Robert E. Wells
Starting with the blue whale, this
book cleverly compares sizes of things in our world.
Activity: measuring, finding averages, comparing
lengths 

Each Orange Had 8 Slices
by Paul Giganti Jr.
Each spread shows things grouped in
three ways.
Activity: mental multiplication practice,
writing multiplication story problems 

Sam Johnson and the
Blue Ribbon Quilt
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Sam starts his own quilting club when
the women won’t let him join theirs.
Activity: making geometric paper quilts
and writing quilt riddles 
On
the Day You Were Born
by Debra Frasier
Colorful woodblocks present forces
at work in the natural world.
Activity: figuring how many days have passed
since you were born 

Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg
Two children find a board game where
dice rolls cause wild animals to appear.
Activity: exploring probability with dice 

A
Remainder of One
by Elinor J. Pinczes
A group of 25 ants try to line
up in even rows with no remainder.
Activity: using division to solve number
riddles, writing and solving number riddles 

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical
Adventures
by Malba Tahan
“Beasts of Burden” tells of 3 brothers dividing
35 camels.
Activity: division and fractions 

Math
Curse
by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith
Hilarious story of a girl who is
cursed by finding math problems in everything she does or
sees.
Activity: writing math story problems 

The
$1.00 Word Riddle Book
by Marilyn Burns
Word values are computed by adding
up the letters with a=1¢, b=2¢, etc.
Activity: addition practice by figuring
the value of first and last names 

Jim
and the Beanstalk
by Raymond Briggs
Jim measures the aging giant
for glasses and false teeth.
Activity: using proportional illustrations
to figure the size of the giant’s hand and his height 

Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner
by Amy Schwartz
Annabelle impresses her class by counting
milk money.
Activity: How many cartons of milk in the book? How
much to buy milk for our class?

