Literature for Teaching Math

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

Today, I have several resources you can use to incorporate literature into your math instruction.  And don’t think literature is just for the primary classroom!  Bigger kids love literature, too, and there are some great books for teaching math to older kids.

The Best Children’s has a page devoted to books for teaching math.  I really like that it shows the covers of the books, which are organized by topic.  Grade level, a synopsis, and a link to Amazon is included for each book. 

The Reading Nook  lists books by mathematical topic.  A synopsis and link to purchase is provided for each book. has detailed lesson plans for using literature, many of which contain downloadable handouts.



  1. Mona


    I have a large tub of math literature books in our class reading library (double copies for some so kids can read side-by-side), and I also have many that I use for teaching. I’m always on the lookout for more. I will definitely check out the links. Thanks!

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  2. Jennifer Tilton

    These are great! There were some I had never been too before!

  3. Storie

    I have been doing the Guided Math book study. One of the areas I feel weak about is incorporating math literature. Thank you SO much for providing these links 🙂
    Stories by Storie

    • Donna Boucher

      Yea! Glad it was a useful post for you. I hopped over to your blog, and I’m following you now. I like your TIME acronym for math workshop!

  4. Mary

    Hey, Donna! I use several of these books with my 8th graders, who love “story time!” They make wonderful lesson launches.


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