Now, my kids and I are especially allergic to worksheets, textbooks, or anything really that reeks of formal learning mandated by others. A lot of our math is easy to learn through games, but we also enjoy these books.

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Beast Academy

Beast Academy is actually a curriculum (shh! Don’t tell my kids!), but we just have the “guide” books and not the workbooks. The guidebooks are all in comic book format. I’ve mentioned before how much my kids love comic books, right? Well, mine like to read these books for fun. I had actually bought ahead but was making my kids wait a little in between each new book, in the hopes they might absorb something. Until one day I realized my son had been getting into the box of them and sneaking reading them. Really?!? Anyone else’s kids SNEAK reading a math book? No? Well, I doubt mine would do that with any other math books. These are just that good. Oh, and all the characters are monsters. Comics and monsters and math. What could be better?

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math is actually a whole series. We got one from the library, and I loved it so much that I immediately bought one from the series. You’re supposed to read 2 pages to your kids every night (or however/whenever you want to). Each 2-page spread has an explanation, a couple of pictures, and 4 problems: one for wee ones, little kids, big kids, and a bonus. Answers are small, upside down on the bottom of the page (my 6-year-old daughter just discovered this, drat!). Problems are meant to be done mentally, but nothing’s stopping you from pulling out whatever manipulatives or paper and pencil you want.

Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales

Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales is a fun collection of stories, most of them just two pages, featuring various mathematical concepts. Even better, there’s word humor and puns, too; “The Story of the Decimal Point” starts with several.

“The point dotting the i’s was quite a braggart, always boasting it was on top of things.”

Theoni Pappas

Rather than focusing on arithmetic, this book focuses on concepts, like zero, extra-large numbers, geometry, and Mobius strips. All the text and pictures are purple, which is probably giving me nostalgic flashbacks to Harold and the Purple Crayon, but I find that I love this book.

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat is another good collection of stories about mathematical concepts. I have a friend who likes to point out that arithmetic and mathematics are not the same, and she’s totally right. Arithmetic is easily learned with games, but mathematics is less so. So, we turn to Penrose to help us learn about fractals, Fibonacci numbers, golden rectangles, and more!

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table is actually the first in an entire series. Can you tell I love puns? Anyway, these books are great for exploring all sorts of geometric concepts. Bonus, they’re regular picture-book length, so not overwhelmingly long or even huge. They sit so unobtrusively on the bookshelf, that it took me and my kids several minutes to find our copy. When I mentioned that I was looking for it, my daughter immediately piped up, “I love that book!” Yep, that counts as a win in my book!

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