A magical math book is a book that inspires wonder, excitement, and/or delight for both reader and listener.

# Multiplication as Scaling with a Multiplying Menace

In The Multiplying Menace, Rumpelstiltskin returns, demanding repayment for the gold he spun for a princess (who's now Queen). Rumpelstiltskin requests that the Queen's son, Peter, works off the debt. Threatening to increase the pest population and decrease the kingdom's livestock if repayment is not made. Peter must figure out how Rumpelstiltskin's magical stick works to save the kingdom.

# One Girl, One Grain of Rice, and One Surprising Mathematical Sequence

Recently, I was thrilled to hear that One Grain of Rice was the "book of the week" in my son's 2nd grade class. When I started this blog in July, I planned to write about this book, but forgot all about it. So I was happy for the reminder. The Book One Grain of Rice is a... Continue Reading →

# Life is No Fun When You’re a Remainder of One

It's a joy to read stories written well in rhyme. However, crafting a good story is hard enough, much less one that uses good rhyme. And writing a good math story in rhyme, even harder. Here's a rhyming math picture book that's definitely worth a read. The Book Written by Elinor J. Pinczes and illustrated by Bonnie MacKain, A... Continue Reading →

# A Magical Pot Makes for Math Book Magic

Happy (almost) Halloween! It seems like the number of trick-or-treating opportunities doubles each year along with the size of the candy bars. Although children enjoy this candy growth pattern, this week's math picture book shows us that doubling can get a bit out of control. The Book Two of Everything was written and illustrated by Lily... Continue Reading →

# Infinity +Me= A Picture Book made with Love

Uma wonders: How many stars were in the sky? A million? A billion? Maybe the number was as big as infinity?

# The Magic in Wondering about a Million, Billion, and Trillion

In the book, Marvelossissimo the Mathematical Magician leads the way through a sequence of "If, then" statements about three quantities: One million (1,000,000), One billion (1,000,000,000) and One trillion (1,000,000,000,000). The book offers answers to these questions: How high would one million/one billion/one trillion kids reach if they climbed on each other's shoulders? How big a goldfish bowl would you need to hold one million/one billion/one trillion goldfish? How long would it take to count to one million/one billion/one trillion? How many pages would one million/one billion/one trillion stars fill?

# The Joy of a Giant Jelly Bean Math Picture Book

How giant is this book? Measuring 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches, it’s the largest picture book on our shelf. The bright jelly bean illustrations in contrast to the adorable black and white cartoon characters talking in speech balloons make a sweet backdrop for the math in this book.

# Craving a Pumpkin-flavored Math Picture Book?

How many seeds in a pumpkin? provides practice in skip counting by twos, fives, and tens. The illustrations invite children to use multiple counting methods.

# McElligott’s Bean Thirteen is Math Story Magic

Happy #mathbookmagic Monday. And happy #mathstorytellingday! Last week pick was the Lion's Share, a tale about doubling and halving. And this week you'll be seeing double, since I've chosen a book by the same author. The Book Bean Thirteen was written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott. I first learned about this book while exploring McElligott's website... Continue Reading →