54 of the Best Picture Books for Geometry

Is geometry a scary word in your homeschool? It doesn’t have to be! These living books for geometry help to introduce basic concepts to your children in a fun way. Stories can often help simplify math concepts in a way that kids can easily understand. The whole family is bound to enjoy these living books, especially the math adventure books towards the end of this post!

These geometry picture books can help children understand math easily!
These geometry picture books can help children understand math easily!

Whether you’re hoping to teach a new concept, reiterate one, or simply read these books for fun, you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to hear which geometry books from this list are your favorites. Feel free to add new ones to the list by commenting below, too!

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Living Books About Shapes

Shapes are the foundation of geometry and spatial understanding. These books give children a wonderful introduction to basic 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes through stories and connections to real life. Some of them build understanding about how shapes work together, too.

Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes (MathStart 2)Circus Shapes (MathStart 1)The Silly Story of Goldie Locks and the Three Squares (Hello Math Reader. Level 2)Hamster Champs (MathStart 3)Icky Bug ShapesIf You Were a Polygon (Math Fun)If You Were a Quadrilateral (Math Fun)Mouse ShapesRound Is a Tortilla: A Book of ShapesShape Up!: Fun With Triangles and Other PolygonsShape (Math Counts: Updated Editions)Spotted Yellow Frogs: Fold-out Fun with Patterns, Colors, 3-D Shapes, AnimalsThe Shape of Things (Turtleback Binding Edition)The Wing on a Flea: A Book about ShapesTrianglesWhen a Line Bends . . . A Shape BeginsZachary Zormer: Shape Transformer (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)

 

Living Books for Geometry and Spatial Reasoning

This particular list of books will help your children dive into a deeper understanding geometry and spatial reasoning concepts through stories that have a little more meat on their bones. Many of them also help kids to develop critical thinking skills for higher level math, as well as every other area of life.

A Cloak For The DreamerChickens on the Move: Measurement: Perimeter (Math Matters ®)Cut Down to Size at High Noon (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!Grandfather Tang's Story (Dragonfly Books)Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry (Matt and Bibi Math Adventures)Perimeter, Area, and Volume: A Monster Book of DimensionsPythagoras and the Ratios: A Math Adventure (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)Racing Around (MathStart 2)Re-ZoomSeeing SymmetrySpaghetti and Meatballs For All! (Scholastic Bookshelf)Tangled: A Story About ShapesThe Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul ErdosA Fly on the Ceiling (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)The Goat in the RugThe Greedy Triangle (Scholastic Bookshelf)The Librarian Who Measured the EarthThe Paper Crane (Reading Rainbow Books)What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)Zoom (Picture Puffin Books)

 

The Sir Cumference Series

Out Family LOVES the Sir Cumference series. They help slightly older elementary and middle school children understand geometry concepts like radius, diameter, angles, and area. They are fantastic for modeling problem-solving strategies, too. Trust me, you don’t wanna miss out on these fun math adventures!

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of PiSir Cumference and the First Round TableSir Cumference and the Great Knight of AnglelandSir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (Math Adventures)Sir Cumference and the Roundabout BattleSir Cumference and the Sword in the ConeSir Cumference and the Viking's Map

 

The Warlord’s Series

The Warlord series is another great math adventure series. They are geared towards a younger age than the Sir Cumference books and would be appropriate through all of the elementary years. The books I’ve listed here tie in nicely with geometry topics, and like the Sir Cumference series, they also boost problem-solving skills. As you probably know, I’m a huge proponent of children learning critical thinking and problem solving skills!

The Warlord's Kites (Warlord's Series)The Warlord's Puppeteers (Warlord's Series)The Warlord's Puzzle (Warlord's Series)

 

Quilts

A fun way to enjoy the study of geometry is to focus on quilts. Yes, quilts! By design, quilts are made from shapes – and all kinds of them – fitting together into tessellation patterns. Consider actually making some real or constrution paper quilt squares as you enjoy any or all of these wonderful books about quilts.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books)The Josefina Story Quilt (I Can Read Level 3)The Keeping QuiltThe Patchwork QuiltThe Quilt StoryThe Quiltmaker's Gift

 

Living math is one of my favorite things to teach in our homeschool. Making connections to math concepts through literature, real-life activities, specific problem solving, and even gameschooling have made our homeschool so much better over the years. If you’d like to know more, check out either of the following resources.

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