This story illustrates how succeeding in math takes practice and a good attitude.
4. "A Very Improbable Story" by Edward Einhorn
The premise of this story is—as the title suggests—improbable. A boy, and the cat stuck on his head, discover that life is full of probability problems.
5. "How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane?" by Laura Overdeck
Kids who love to ask, “What would happen if …?” will love this book. The math questions in this book (and the related series) are ridiculous, and that appeals to this age group.
6. "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi — A Math Adventure" by Cindy Neuschwander
This book is full of delightful characters with “punny” names. The main character goes on a quest in which he must figure out how to measure a circle.
Ages 12-14: Acknowledging their Maturing Minds
Pre-teens and teens have moved beyond having math as part of a story. We choose books that make math fun, not like extra schoolwork.
1. "Kiss my Math — Show Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss" by Danica McKellar
This book uses a format and style resembling a teen fashion magazine to explain math concepts.
2. "The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Moonstone"
3. "The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Case of the Girl in Grey"
These are the first two books in a four-part series by Jordan Stratford, which imagines an alternate history in which Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency.
4. "How Math Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Wonders of Mathematics" by Carol Vorderman
5. "Math and Logic Puzzles that Make Kids Think" by Jeffrey Wanko
6. "300+ Mathematical Pattern Puzzles" by Chris McMull