68 of the Best Math Operations Picture Books

I love using living books to help children “see” math. These math operations picture books specifically focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to help build understanding and connect math to the real world.

Books are powerful in helping children relate to abstract mathematical concepts! They can be used as pre-reading before introducing something new or after a concept is mastered to help connect it to math in the real world. One of the best ways to use them, though, is when you run into a problem. Living math books have a special way of gently explaining math concepts through story and pictures that can help a tough concept to finally click.

Math Operations Picture Books

This giant list is full of math operations picture books. That means you’ll find books that help with the foundational operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division that are absolutely required in order to move into higher level math.

Whether you have a kiddo struggling to understand math or not, include as many of these as you can during the critical times of learning. Every opportunity to solidify and expand learning will be helpful to your children!

I love how each of these books uniquely introduces or explains addition and subtraction concepts to children. Clearly, not all of them are living books in the sense that I usually talk about living books around here, but they are worthwhile if they serve the purpose of helping children to understand math.

Some of them teach using items that you likely have in your home or could easily grab at the grocery store, like a Hershey’s chocolate bar, jelly beans, or coins. When a book uses real life objects to teach, I like to read the book straight through with my children once and then go back and reread it while we use candy bars, jelly beans, or coins to join along. Kids often learn by doing, and what better way to learn about math than with candy!

Along with addition and subtraction, you’ll find books that help with place value, doubling, the concept of more and less, and general understanding of numeration.

PLACE VALUE

SUBTRACTION

Multiplication and Division Picture Books

Multiplication and division don’t have to be tricky! These stories that are intriguing and easy to follow can go a long way in helping both to make sense to children. In this group are some of my very favorite living math books of all times!

Again, if you have the opportunity to read and then reread using objects mentioned in a book to work out the concepts, that’s a great idea. If I’m going to do that, I often read the book one day and grab the hands-on goodies for the reread another day. The goal with using books for math is for gentle learning so that your students can work out the concepts of the story in their own minds for a little while.

MULTIPLICATION

DIVISION

Enjoy Teaching Math

I hope these books show you that teaching math can be fun! If your kiddos are struggling with a certain concept, pull out one of these books. Often children (and adults) need to see a different perspective in order to solve tough problems. It’s such and easy way to reinforce foundational math concepts. Living math books can bring a breath of fresh air into your homeschool. Enjoy!