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Use the search filters below to return results. Keep an eye out for some of my top favorites-- my "BookSmart Picks"-- that are sure to entertain and educate your kids! And, many activities use common materials you likely have at home already. Look for entries marked with the "Common Items" icon to find activities that shouldn't require any purchase.

Billy Aronson

Melia is a determined inventor, always trying to improve upon her inventions. Jo is her new neighbor who loves singing, dancing, painting, and designing. At first when Jo comes by she seems to only interfere with Melia’s work, frustrating Melia. But then Melia sees that Jo is also solving problems and improving her inventions, just in her own way…

Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola are getting ready to head to the store with their mom, where they will get to pick out one thing for themselves. As the two of them are getting ready, walking to the store, picking out their special treats, and walking home they encounter math all along the way. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, the two of them count objects like ladybugs and steps, and Lola gives away her stickers as she heads home…

David A. Adler

This Halloween-themed book helps to teach the concept of a missing mystery number, or variable, and how to solve these algebraic problems. The book starts out simple, giving a foundational understanding of equations and what the equals sign means, as well as defining variables, while supporting all of this through the pictures…

Cindy Neuschwander

Lady Di of Ameter, Sir Cumference, and Reginald Parton, the Earl of Fracton are all enjoying the Fracton Faire. Here at the faire, one can buy all of just part of a good being sold. In this way, the book explains numerators and denominators, equal parts, and equivalent fractions…

Rossana Bossu

This book filled with polar bears, alligators, lemurs, and other animals introduces the concept of relative size, and can also introduce an understanding of equations. The book begins with its largest animal, the elephant, and explains how many polar bears would be needed to equate to one elephant, then how many lions to make one polar bear, and so on until you reach how many fleas to make one lemur…

Norton Juster

Milo is bored with his life until a tollbooth appears in his bedroom from out of nowhere. When he goes through it, he enters another world in which many of his adventures relate to math…

Kathleen Karr

In 1860, at 15 years old, Simon decides to walk 1,000 turkeys from Missouri all the way to Denver, Colorado. He hears that turkeys sell for $5 a piece in Colorado, and so he buys all 1,000 turkeys from Mr. Buffey in Missouri for just $.25 a piece, hoping to make his fortune once he reaches Denver…

Hans Magnus Enzenberger

In Robert’s dreams he visits a strange land full of number tricks and hosted by the Number Devil. A multitude of number concepts are explored with the devil as guide, including matrices, number sequences, and exponents. The book incorporates a good bit of humor (i.e. the devil calls irrational numbers “unreasonable”), and the illustrations add to the clarity of concepts…

Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family all have eternal life after drinking magic water from a spring, and they roam about trying to go unnoticed. But ten-year-old Winnie finds out their secret and must decide between living as a mortal or an immortal. Things are further complicated when a stranger also finds out about the Tucks’ secret…

Ellen Raskin

This is one of my favorite children’s books of all time. A group of sixteen people must solve a puzzle that Samuel W. Westing has left in his will in order to get the inheritance. Clever and funny, it is a great mystery book filled with lots of characters, as well as twists and turns…

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