Kids struggling with math? Here are some books to make them want to cozy up to numbers.


“Rosie Revere, Engineer.” (Harry N Abrams, Inc.)
March 5

We asked Erin Barker, a manager and buyer at Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, to recommend some books that can help pique a child’s interest in math. Here are her suggestions, by age group.

● Preschool

“Miss Lina’s Ballerinas” by Grace Maccarone. The eight dancers in this picture book are accustomed to arranging themselves in four lines of two, but when a new girl joins the mix, it throws off their lines. The ballerinas have to figure out how to arrange themselves in even lines now that they are a group of nine.

● Ages 4-8

“Iggy Peck, Architect” and “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty. Humorous picture books about a boy and girl who are interested, respectively, in the math-based careers of architecture and engineering.

● Ages 8-12

“The Puzzling World of Winston Breen” series by Eric Berlin. The three mysteries in the series focus on Winston, a boy who loves puzzles and finds them everywhere. The books include puzzles for children to work as they read.

● High school

“Nearly Gone” by Elle Cosimano. Nearly Boswell, a high-school junior, is trying to solve a murder mystery by deciphering math riddles and other clues in the personal ads of the newspaper.

— Mari-Jane Williams

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