Math is a difficult subject for many children, so difficult in fact that many children claim they hate math! One way to **pique interest in math** and to help solidify math skills is to use picture books to help explain mathematical concepts. This post includes **72 of the very best math picture books for kids**.

I love teaching math!

But I have to admit, this was not always the case. As a kid, I struggled in math. From elementary school through college I struggled. It did not come easily to me and I had to work hard to maintain the scores I wanted.

When I was a new teacher, guess what? Teaching math didn’t come all too easily to me, either. I had to study and prepare for my math instruction more than any other content area, and when my students’ work came back to me showing that they too were struggling, I had to study and prepare some more!

But that was then.

Having taken a handful of exceptional professional development classes in math instruction, I can say with confidence I finally get it! (Well, mostly). But more importantly, I can teach it, too!

One thing I learned along the way is the importance of **solidifying concepts using literature**. While children may not be drawn to math, children are almost certainly drawn to great stories. So when we combine the two, we sneak in math concepts that can be reinforced with fun activities at the same time as retaining the interest of the children. And what administrator or director doesn’t appreciate the effort to integrate math and reading!

## 72 Math Picture Books for Kids

As many of you know, I have written an entire year of math lesson plans which spiral through all five disciplines of math. Included in those lesson plans are two recommended math picture books for kids to be used as an optional literacy element. This post includes every picture book I mention in those lesson plans.

I say these are math picture books “for kids”, but they are all appropriate for preschool, not just elementary school. I do own each of these books, and highly recommend them, which is why I’ve thought to put them all in one place to make it more convenient for you.

### Picture Books That Teach Counting

There are thousands of counting books out there, but these are some preschool favorites.

*One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book*by Phyllis Root*Elmer’s First Counting Book*by David McKee*One Chicky, Two Chicky: A Counting Book*by Cheryl Casey*Mama Cat Has Three Kittens*by Denise Fleming*Counting Cows*by Michelle Medlock Adams*CChicka Chicka 1, 2, 3*by Bill Martin Jr.*Ten Red Apples*by Pat Hutchins*Over in the Meadow*by Jill McDonald*Butterfly Colors and Counting*by Jerry Pallotta*Ten Black Dots*by Donald Crews*Hippos Go Berserk!*by Sandra Boynton*Hop Jump*by Ellen Stoll Wash*How Many Snails?: A Counting Book*by Paul Giganti Jr.*My Very First Book of Numbers*by Eric Carle*Eight Silly Monkeys*by Steve Haskamp*Bear Counts*by Karma Wilson*Anno’s Counting Book*by Mitsumasa Anno*Counting Crocodiles*by Judy Sierra*Jack the Builder*by Stuart J. Murphy*12 Ways to Get to 11*by Eve Merriam*Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear*by Nancy White Carlstrom*Bears At The Beach, 1-20*by Nikki Yetai*20 Hungry Piggies**1 to 20, Animals Aplenty*by Katie Viggers

### Picture Books That Teach Shapes

There are lots of shape picture books out there, but these are some preschool favorites.

*The Shape of Me and Other Stuff*by Dr. Seuss*Mouse Shapes*by Ellen Stoll Walsh*Shape by Shape*by Suse MacDonald*Wild About Shapes*by Jérémie Fischer*Shapes, Shapes, Shapes*by Tana Hoban*My Very First Book of Shapes*by Eric Carle*My Shapes*by Rebecca Emberley*The Shape of My Heart*by Mark Sperring

### Picture Books That Teach Comparing and Sorting

Some of our all time favorite books come from this collection of books that teach comparing and sorting.

*The Button Box*by Margarette S. Reid*A House for Birdie*by Stuart J. Murphy*Sorting*by Henry Arthur Pluckrose*The Greatest Gymnast of All*by Stuart J. Murphy*Sort it Out!*by Barbara Mariconda*A Pair of Socks*by Great Source*Sorting at the Market*by Tracey Steffora*3 Little Firefighters*by Stuart J. Murphy

### Picture Books That Teach Positions and Patterns

It’s difficult to find picture books that teach positional words and patterns, but here are eight that my preschoolers really enjoy.

*Over, Under and Through*by Tana Hoban*Rosie’s Walk*by Pat Hutchins*The Best Bug Parade*by Stuart J. Murphy*Jack and his ball: A Positional Word Adventure*by Larry Olsen*Pattern Fish*by Trudy Harris*Teddy Bear Patterns*by Barbara Barbieri McGrath*Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes*by Steven R. Swinburne*Pattern*by Henry Arthur Pluckrose

### Picture Books That Teach Measurement

Measurement sometimes gets forgotten in the preschool setting, so these picture books are great for working it into the day!

*The Long and Short of It*by Cheryl Nathan and Lisa McCourt*Inch by Inch*by Leo Lionni*Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?*by Robert E. Wells*Super Sand Castle Saturday*by Great Source*Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!*by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel*Just a Little Bit*by Ann Tompert*Much Bigger Than Martin*by Steven Kellogg*Who Sank the Boat?*by Pamela Allen

### Picture Books for Teaching Graphing

Graphing is an important skill that can easily be taught with these fun picture books.

*Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger*by Anna whitehead Nagda*Bar Graphs*by Vijaya Khisty Bodach*The Great Graph Contest*by Loreen Leedy*When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book*by Satoshi Kitamura*Tally O’Malley*by Stuart J. Murphy*Pictographs*by Vijaya Khisty Bodach*Let’s Eat Lunch: Learning about Picture Graphs*by Susan Vaughan*Giraffe Graphs*by Melissa Stewart

### Picture Books That Teach Addition and Subtraction

There are thousands of addition and subtraction books out there, but these all preschool approved.

*The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes*by Rick Walton*The Crayon Counting Book*by Pam Munoz Ryan and Jerry Pallotta*Fat Frogs On a Skinny Log*by Sara Riches*The Icky Bug Counting Book*by Jerry Pallotta*Ten Terrible Dinosaurs*by Paul Stickland*Ten Sly Piranhas*by William Wise*Five Little Ducks*by Pam Paparone*Construction Countdown*by K.C. Olsen

## 72 Picture Books That Teach Math

Just to help you visualize what an awesome resource this collection of math picture books for kids is…this is what it looks like all together:

Now that is quite the library of math picture books for kids!

But here’s the thing.

These books will seriously strengthen your math instruction. They are interesting, colorful and approach math in a very kid friendly way.

## Looking for Preschool Lesson Plans?

Do you like having your lesson plans done in advance in a systematic and intentional manner? Then my Preschool Literacy Lesson Plans Bundle and myPreschool Math Lesson Plans Bundle are just what you are looking for! (These are also sold in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.)

I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

Nadine Shindel says

How can I get a comprehensive list of the 72 books to teach math to preschoolers?

Sarah Punkoney, MAT says

As of right now, this post doesn’t include a printable list, so you would just have to refer to the post itself.