Mathematical Resources

Popular Resources

Are there any math books aimed at children and young adults?

As with adult books, there are a plethora of math books aimed at children and young adults. The following lists only a very few that enlist stories, riddles, or other methods to explain mathematics:

A to Z of Women in Science and Math by Lisa Yount (Facts on File, 2007; ISBN 10: 9780816066957) examines 150 women who have added to our knowledge of mathematics. For ages 9 to 12.

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas (Wide World Publishing, 1997; ISBN: 1884550142)—This story tells of Penrose the cat as he explores and experiences a variety of mathematical concepts, including infinity, the golden rectangle, and impossible figures. For ages 9 to 12.

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner, and Michael Henry Heim (Metropolitan Books; Reprint edition, 2000; ISBN: 0805062998)—This great humorous book for kids is about mathematics. It begins when young Robert’s dreams take a decided turn for the weird. Instead of falling down holes and such adventures typical in many children’s dreams, in Robert’s 12 dreams, he visits a bizarre magical land of number tricks with the number devil as his host. For ages 9 to 12.

The Grapes of Math by Gregory Tang (Scholastic Press, 2001; ISBN: 043921033X)—This story offers a series of counting riddles and encourages the reader to find shortcuts to determining the mathematical answers by looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations. For ages 9 to 12.

Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander (Square Fish, 2009; ISBN: 0312561172)—The author takes the reader on a fictional trip through a pyramid, incorporating a bit of mathematics along the way. For ages 4 to 8.

How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller (Yearling; Reissue edition, 1991; ISBN: 0440404959)—A humorous picture book that begins: “Once upon a time there lived a King and his wife, the Queen….” From there, the book explains to readers ages 4 to 8 a concept in measurement—the foot—and why it’s necessary to have measurement standards.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy Math Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App