Friday, July 30, 2010

Fun Math Books: I Love Math! Series

Although these books are long out of print, there are inexpensive copies available online of most of them. (They were published in 1992 and 1993.) This list gave me the twelve titles below. (If anyone here knows of more, please let us all know.) I recently picked up a bunch of them, because my son really liked the two we already had.
  • Alice in Numberland: Fantasy Math
  • From Head to Toe: Body Math
  • How Do Octopi Eat Pizza Pie? Pizza Math
  • Look Both Ways: City Math
  • Play Ball: Sports Math
  • Pterodactyl Tunnel: Amusement Park Math
  • Right in Your Own Backyard: Nature Math
  • See You Later, Escalator!: Mall Math
  • The Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes: Zoo Math
  • The House that Math Built: House Math
  • The Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math
  • The Search for the Mystery Planet: Space Math
My son and I especially enjoy the stories (in every volume) about Professor Guesser, a cat detective who solves mysteries using mathematical reasoning. She's featured in the title of The Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes: Zoo Math. Some of the zebras are missing their stripes, and Professor Guesser figures out what's really going on.

The books are full of stories, games, mazes, riddles, and lots of math.


  1. Thanks for posting this. We actually have several of them, but they seem to sit on the shelf. On your recommendation I need to get them out! ;) Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Thanks for the list -- we were given the Octopi eating Pizza Pie one as a present back when they were in print. It was a favorite of our older son for several years, and I loved how much he liked a math book. :D

  3. I teach high school geometry and you would be amazed at how excited 15 year olds get when they get to be read to! As we get to the subjects I read the Sir Cumference and the Knights of the Round Table books. I think there are 5. I also like the Grapes of Math. (The author has several others) they are geared more for younger children. They work on mental math skills, something that is definitely lacking in most students.

  4. Thanks Ms. H for pointing that out. I read to my students in my math for elementary teachers course. In calc II one of the students read from The Cat in Numberland to the rest of the class, while we were getting ready to start up each day.

    It is a good way to relax in math class. Maybe I can incorporate that into my algebra classes. You've got me thinking...

  5. Read them The Number Devil! ;)

  6. this list sounds good and i would love to get it but i cant make up my mind without seeing atleast a few pages of these books. would it be possible for anyone to please take 5 pics of any of these books and send it to me at i would reallllly reallly appreciate it. thanks. been searching and searching online for a glimpse of any one of them.

  7. We have Zoo Math and Nature Math, and have loved them both. I think you should just get whichever one strikes your fancy.


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