12 Children's Books and 3 Activity Boxes on Math

posted by Toka Box Editorial Team , December 22, 2020

Stories and literature are great access points to math. The language that we use to describe and discuss math contributes greatly to our understanding and love for math. Picture and storybooks in particular are rich and marvelous ways to explore math.

Here are 14 amazing books about math for kids.  

1. Seven Golden Rings 

Author: Rajani Larocca
Illustrator:
Archana Sreenivasan
Age group: 6 to 8 years



What a stunning book on math this is and how cleverly it engages the child in a friendly lesson in binary numbers, the root of all computing!

An Indian boy untangles a mathematical conundrum to win a place at the Rajah's court. He wants to
ensure his family's prosperity by winning a place at the court as a singer. Bhagat carries his family's entire fortune--a single coin and a chain of seven golden rings--to pay for his lodging. But when the innkeeper demands one ring per night, and every link snipped costs one coin, how can Bhagat both break the chain and avoid overpaying?  

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2. Srinivasa Ramanujan Friend of Numbers  

Author: Priya Narayanan
Illustrator:
Satwik Gade
Age group:
6 to 8 years



The book is about the famous Indian mathematician who found numbers fascinating and who saw patterns everywhere, from kolams to temple architecture.

My daughter loved this part - when Ramanujan was a child. His teacher said, "If you divide any number by itself, you will get 1. For example, if you divide 3 fruits among 3 people, each will get 1."

Ramanujan said, "Sir, what if no fruits are divided among no people? How will anyone get 1?"

Don't miss this one!  

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3. How to Weigh an Elephant  

Author: Geeta Dharmarajan
Illustrator:
Wen Hsu
Age group:
3 to 5 years


The king wants his favorite elephant weighed! No one in the kingdom knows what to do except little Lilavati.

Lilavati is the daughter of the mathematician Bhaskaracharya who named his mathematical treatise after her.

The book is a great introduction to Lilavati and the concept of the Archimedes principle. This book was part of our December 2016 Toka Explorer Boxes.

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4. Mathematwist

Author: Padma Venkatraman
Illustrator: Proiti Roy 
Age group: 9+ years

Fourteen folktales, anecdotes, and popular stories from around the world catapult mathematics to a fun sphere!

There are explanations too, all very accessible and fascinating.

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5. 10 Gulab Jamuns: Counting With an Indian Sweet Treat

Author: Sandhya Acharya
Illustrator:
Vanessa Alexandre
Age group: 3 to 5 years

Two brothers, Idu and Adu are very excited. Guests are coming over for dinner and their Mamma has already cooked a lot. Next, she is cooking Gulab Jamuns, but Idu and Adu do not know what Gulab Jamuns are. Before long, they discover just how good these wonderful golden, sugary syrup-soaked balls are and how quickly they melt in their mouths. But Mamma has only made 10 Gulab Jamuns. Will they last until their guests come?

This light-hearted, humorous story will warm your heart and tantalize your taste buds. It also includes some basic lessons in counting and an easy recipe to make those delicious Gulab Jamuns yourself.

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6. Dinosaur As Long As 127 Kids

Author: Geeta Dharmarajan
Illustrator: Rajiv Eipe
Age group: 3 to 5 years



A one-of-a-kind Dino loves taking children out for a ride!

But then he bumps into a strange problem.

What follows next is sure to leave you rollicking. This is a must-have for all kids and especially for little dino freaks!

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7. One Rainy Day

Author: Shobha Vishwanath
Illustrator:
Ashwathy P.S. and Anusha Sundar
Age group: 0-2 years

Shobha Viswanath combines counting skills with the art of storytelling to create a timeless board book for early readers. With a combination of collages, photography, and design, the duo stunningly captures a rainy day.

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8. The King's Chessboard

Author: David Birch
Illustrator: Devis Grebu
Age group: 6-8 years 

A story set in ancient India. A wise man refuses a King's reward, when the King insists on a reward, the wise man asks for a grain of rice for each square on the King's chessboard, doubling the amount he receives each day. Will all the rice in the King's granary suffice?


9. One Dark Cloud

Author: Shobha Viswanath
Illustrator:
Ashwathy P.S. and Anusha Sundar
Age group:
3 to 5

Kids will love these big pages of clear bold numbers, simple sentences and lots of colors.

Each page helps exactly picture a rainy day, gradually from setting the stage with the appearance of a dark cloud, through final emergence of a dazzling rainbow.

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10. One, Two, Tree

Author: Anushka Ravishankar
Illustrator:
Sirish Rao, Durga Bai
Age group:
3 to 5 years

The book is a tale of the numerous animals that are clambering up a tree! The book is essentially a number book, but gives its readers much, much more.

It is a picture book and a nursery rhyme book too. The illustrations, which are from the Gond tribal tradition of central India are very attractive.The lovely rhyme used to count the animals – makes counting so much more fun!  

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11. Das Din

Author: Pridhee 
Illustrator: Alicia Souza
Age group: 0 to 2

Help your children learn numbers 1-10 in Hindi in a fun way! Based on the old Hindi rhyme "Ek Tha Raja Ka Beta", this is an interactive board book with lift the flaps and pull tabs that will keep the children captivated.

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12. Let's Do This Together

Author: Lubaina Bandukwala with Vineeta Kanoria
Age group: 6 to 8 years

How much? How many? How far? How small? Math helps to make sense of the world around us. This book is filled with stories that cleverly contain everyday math problems for parents and children to solve together. Parents will love to watch a child open up their minds and think for themselves. Children will find the stories completely relatable and fun to read. And as they work their way through the book from easy to less easy in that special circle of parent-child sharing, they will grow in self-confidence as well as in number proficiency.

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Math boxes and books from Toka Box

1. Numeracy Skills for Babies

Age group: 0 to 2 years

Numeracy Skills for Babies! Yes, we use Math every day when we talk.

The board book and play kit together help build on the concept of a number, quantity, order, ways of representing numbers, one-to-one correspondence (that one object corresponds to one number), and counting, helping children be successful with math as they get older.

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2. Number Sense for Preschoolers

Age group: 3 to 5 years

Read a lovely book about tomato saplings growing in the garden that cause a tomato flood. Soon the plants begin to fruit and there is a bumper harvest. What do the kids do with SO MANY TOMATOES?!

For the activity, throw the dice, count the dots, add the Tomatoes to the tomato plant! Play again and again!

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3. Doubling Numbers Box

Age group: 6 to 8 years


A story set in ancient India. A wise man refuses a King's reward, when the King insists on a reward, the wise man asks for a grain of rice for each square on the King's chessboard, doubling the amount he receives each day.

Will all the rice in the King's granary suffice?

Work on a DIY Abacus. What happens when you double a number i.e. add a number to itself and keep doubling it again and again? Play with numbers easily with your own DIY Abacus to build Number sense - an intuitive understanding of numbers.
 

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