11 Picture Books for Early Learners to Make Math Fun!

Math concepts can often be abstract and challenging for young students to grasp. However, introducing  these concepts through picture books can make learning math enjoyable and engaging for scholars.Picture books provide a platform for students to explore and develop their mathematical thinking, encouraging them to read, question, and make observations in a fun context. Here are some excellent books to enhance your math toolkit.

1. Feast for 10

by Catherine Falwell

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This entertaining book follows a family of 10 as they shop, cook, and set the table for a feast, offering valuable lessons in counting.

2. Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On

by Lois Ehlert

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Lois Ehlert’s brightly colored book about counting to 10 captures kids’ attention, making counting a delightful experience.

3. Billions of Bricks: A Counting Book About Building

by Kurt Cyrus

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Join a busy construction crew as they build creative structures using sets of 2, 5 and 10 bricks, turning counting into a hands-on adventure.

4. Pigeon Math

by Asia Citro, illustrated by Richard Watson

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A fun counting story with a narrator struggling to tell the story due to crazy pigeon antics. Visual support and goofy humor make it an excellent pick for engaging kids in a cute story and STEM.

5. Monster Math

by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Polly Powell

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This story revolves around a monster’s birthday party, incorporating addition and subtraction in the chaos and commotion of a crowded but fun celebration.

6. Ten on a Twig

by Lo Cole

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Simplify subtraction for young students with this entertaining story about ten colorful birds falling off a branch.

7. The Animals Would Not Sleep

by Sara Levine

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Marco needs to organize his stuffed animals before bed, exploring different sorting methods. A fun way for students to learn sorting by helping Marco corral the stuffies so he can get some sleep. 

8. Pitter Pattern

by Joyce Hesselberth

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Introduce patterns to students through the creative use of fiction and nonfiction in “Pitter Pattern,” exploring various pattern types from visual and sound to nature.

9. Inch by Inch

by Leo Lionni

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Join an inchworm in this whimsical book as it measures its friends, turning measurement into a delightful journey.

10. The Shape of Things

by  Dayle Ann Dobbs

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Shapes are all around us, and this rhyming book introduces kids to the shapes in their world.  

11. Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

by  Roseanne Thong

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This playful book not only highlights shapes but also introduces students to Spanish, making it an engaging and multicultural learning experience.

In our daily lives, math surrounds us, and fostering a solid, positive foundation in students encourages their growth. Grab a few of these books and explore math.


Teia Hoover Baker is an educator, published author, and entrepreneur. She is an innovative, devoted educator whose career has been dedicated to coordinating programs that support struggling learners. Her passion is meeting students where they are and guiding them to excel. Her main focus is always what is best for children. Teia holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys being Lovie to her growing grandchildren.

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