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Books to Pique Children’s Math Curiosity

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As you may know, at Smartick, we’re advocates of more than just math. For one, our curriculum covers not just arithmetic, but coding, logic, and word problems. If you browse through our blog, you will find different themes arise. In a recent post, we discussed the importance and benefits of reading. Not only does reading help your vocabulary, concentration, and memory, there’s so much more!

What if we can somehow mix reading and math together? Today, we want to share an article from Standford Graduate School of Education to pique your child’s math curiosity through reading!

Whether you’re in the midst of summer or preparing for the new school year, you can use reading as a tool to help your children foster curiosity and enjoyment for math. There are tons of books out there that can help children develop strong literacy skills. However, books with math concepts crafted into the pictures and narrative can bolster a basic math understanding within children. Fundamental concepts such as numbers, patterns, and basic measurement can be introduced through these books. You can help encourage and pique your children’s interest by pointing out the math and asking questions.

Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty: the book recommendations! Math might sound like a tricky topic to weave into children’s storybooks, but the list below will show you otherwise. Oftentimes, the books mix math with topics that children find interesting and fun, such as animals, that helps spur their curiosity.

Want to practice…


  • Eric Carle’s 123 by Eric Carle
  • Mouse Count by Ellen Walsh
  • Each Orange Had 8 Slices by Paul Giganti

Adding and Subtracting:

  • One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April and Jeff Sayre
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • Rooster’s Off to See the World  by Eric Carle

Patterns and Shapes:

  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
  • Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
  • Anno’s Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno


If you have any other book suggestions not listed that can help foster children’s math interest, let us know in a comment below!

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