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Welcome to my page collecting all my math-related reviews!

Years ago, I taught college math. Since becoming a librarian, I've got a special place in my heart for math-related books. I recently gave a talk about math books for all ages, and I'm going to post the list I developed on this page, with links for the books I've reviewed. Here's a blog post with the initial list.

June 9, 2021

Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars, words by Laurie Wallmark, art by Brooke Smart, tells the story of an American woman who was one of the most gifted and influential code breakers of all time.

—Sondra Eklund




Web Resources
Mathematical Knitting: sonderbooks.com/sonderknitting

Bedtime Math: bedtimemath.org

Mathical Book Prize: mathicalbooks.org

Math Book Magic: mathbookmagic.com

Talking Math With Your Kids: talkingmathwithkids.com



Earliest Learners
Goodnight, Numbers, by Danica McKellar

Crash! Boom! A Math Tale, by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Chris Chatterton

Stack the Cats, by Susie Ghahremani

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller, by Kate Read

Quack and Count, by Keith Baker


Early Numeracy

Counting
The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins

The Cookie Fiasco, by Dan Santat

How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti, illustrated by Yancey Labat

8: An Animal Alphabet, by Elisha Cooper

Count the Monkeys, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Math Fables, by Greg Yang, illustrated by Heather Cahoon

100 Bugs! A Counting Book, by Kate Narita, pictures by Suzanne Kaufman

Monkey Time, by Michael Hall

Anno’s Counting Book, by Mitsumasa Anno

Anno’s Counting House, by Mitsumasa Anno


Comparing
Lia and Luís: Who Has More? by Ana Crespo, illustrated by Giiovan Medeiros

Balancing Act, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Who Eats First? by Ae-hae Yoon, illustrated by Hae-won Yang

How Long Is a Whale? by Alison Limentani

How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh? by Alison Limentani


Critical Thinking
How Many? A Different Kind of Counting Book, by Christopher Danielson

Which Is Round? Which Is Bigger? by Mineko Mamada

Luna's Yum Yum Dim Sum, by Natasha Yim, illustrated by Violet Kim
Pattern Fish, by Trudy Harris, illustrated by Anne Canevari Green

Sam Sorts, by Marthe Jocelyn

I Know Numbers, by Taro Gomi

Bedtime Math, by Laura Overdeck

Bedtime Math: This Time It’s Personal, by Laura Overdeck

Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out, by Laura Overdeck


Elementary School Math

Number Sense
Everybody Counts, by Kristin Roskifte

A Million Dots, by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mike Reed

Great Estimations, by Bruce Goldstone

Greater Estimations, by Bruce Goldstone

One Grain of Rice, by Demi


Mapping and Measuring
Mapping Sam, by Joyce Hesselberth

Millions to Measure, by David M. Schwartz, pictures by Steven Kellogg


Addition and Subtraction
Mice Mischief: Math Facts in Action, by Caroline Stills, illustrated by Judith Rossell

Do Not Open This Math Book, by Danica McKellar


Multiplication and Division
The Best of Times, by Greg Tang

The Times Machine, by Danica McKellar


Fractions
Piece = Part = Portion: Fractions = Decimals = Percents, by Scott Gifford, photographs by Shmuel Thaler

Fractions in Disguise, by Edward Einhorn, illustrated by David Clark

Fraction Frenzy, by Rob Colson


More Math-Related Fun
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature, by Sarah Campbell

I See a Pattern Here, by Bruce Goldstone

That’s a Possibility! by Bruce Goldstone

Infinity and Me, by Kate Hosford, illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska

Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math, by Rajani LaRocca, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan

Math at the Art Museum, by Group Majoongmul, illustrated by Yun-ju Kim


Prime Numbers
You Can Count on Monsters, by Richard Evan Schwartz


Number Facts
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars, by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg

Just a Second, by Steve Jenkins

It’s a Numbers Game! Basketball, by James Buckley, Jr.

If…, by David J. Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams

If America Were a Village, by David J. Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong

Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Neal Layton


Critical Thinking
Which One Doesn’t Belong? by Christopher Danielson

Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant, by Songju Ma Daemicke, illustrated by Christina Wald

Anno’s Magic Seeds, by Mitsumasa Anno

Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar, by Mitsumasa Anno

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane? by Laura Overdeck

If Dogs Were Dinosaurs, by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by James Warhola


Picture Book Biographies
The Boy Who Loved Math, by Deborah Heiligman

Nothing Stopped Sophie, by Cheryl Bardoe, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity, by Amy Alznauer, illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling, illustrated by Laura Freeman

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci, by Joseph D’Agnese, illustrated by John O’Brien

Code Breaker, Spy Hunter, by Laurie Wallmark, art by Brooke Smart

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by April Chu



Upper Elementary/Middle School Math
What’s the Point of Math? by Ben Ffrancon Davis

Geometry Is as Easy as Pie, by Katie Coppens

Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, by Danica McKellar

Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, by Danica McKellar


Codes and Ciphers

Building and Making
Calling All Minds, by Temple Grandin

Girls Who Build, by Katie Hughes

How to Be a Coder, by Kiki Prottsman


Critical Thinking
Really Big Numbers, by Richard Evan Schwartz

The Cat in Numberland, by Ivar Ekeland, illustrated by John O’Brien

Anno’s Hat Tricks, by Akihiro Nozaki and Mitsumasa Anno


Children's Novels
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Secret Coders (Graphic Novel Series), by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Numbed! by David Lubar


Biographies
Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM, by Tonya Bolden

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition, by Margot Lee Shetterly



High School Math
Hot X: Algebra Exposed, by Danica McKellar

Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, by Danica McKellar



For Adults
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos

How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff

Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception, by Charles Seife

How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics, by Eugenia Cheng

Here’s Looking at Euclid, by Alex Bellos

Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Numbers Behind Numb3rs: Solving Crime with Mathematics, by Keith Devlin and Gary Lorden

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World, by Matt Parker

How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information, by Alberto Cairo

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg



Stories of People
In Code, by Sarah Flannery, with David Flannery

Bringing Down the House, by Ben Mezrich

Busting Vegas, by Ben Mezrich

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Born on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet

Struck by Genius, by Jason Padgett

Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World’s Toughest Math Competition, by Steve Olson


Novels
Beyond the Limit, by Joan Spicci

The Sand-Reckoner, by Gillian Bradshaw

The Mathematician's Shiva, by Stuart Rojstaczer


Coloring Books
Patterns of the Universe, by Alex Bellos and Edmund Harriss

Visions of the Universe, by Alex Bellos and Edmunc Harriss

The Golden Ratio Coloring Book, by Steve Richards