Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Mathematical Marvels

Math Mini Mysteries - (ISBN: 978-0590762472)

by William Johnson

Enjoy these amusing and puzzling tales that feature solutions with mathematical operations! If you enjoy mysteries and problem solving, this is the book for you!! Share the mysteries together, asking everyone to think aloud as they read and think through the answers.

Math Potatoes: Mind Stretching Brain Food - (ISBN: 978-0439443906)

by Greg Tang

If you enjoy food, poetry, and puzzles, try this book which makes everyday items and pictures into math problems. Appropriate for students learning multiplication and division as well as addition and subtraction, the word “problems” posed as questions about the pictures make the reader really think before solving! Can you make up math “problems” about things you see around your home? Try making your own booklet of problems and drawings or photos.

Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry - (ISBN: 978-0312561178)

by Cindy Neuschwander

Bibi and brother Matt discover clues to the meanings of hieroglyphics in Egyptian tombs by studying the “faces” (flat top parts) of the symbols. Once they realize the face shapes resemble geometric solids, they are on their way to solving the mystery. Try writing your own message in hieroglyphic-style symbols.

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure - (ISBN: 978-0805062991 )

by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Robert both loves and hates his increasingly bizarre dreams. Accompanied by the “number devil,” he stumbles through a land of counting coconuts, calculators with texture, and basic mathematical concepts! With crazy names for basic math terms, this book makes math concepts such as exponents and irrational numbers a steal!

What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? - (ISBN: 978-1570911507)

by Julie Ellis

Follow the fictionalized story of the boy Pythagoras as he journeys to Alexandria, Egypt with his father. There he starts thinking about right angles when he works with the builder Neferheperhersekeper. Eventually, he comes up with his famous theorem. Be prepared to explain some of the math ideas to your children as they read this imaginative account! Talk about what the world would be like without right angles!

All of the Above - (ISBN: 978-0316115261)

by Shelley Pearsall

Einstein, the Girl Who Hated Maths - (ISBN: 978-0750242882)

by John Agard

The Grapes of Math - (ISBN: 978-0439598408)

by Greg Tang

The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book - (ISBN: 978-0439135191)

by Jerry Pollatta

Activities for this Theme

Understand and create pie charts with different proportions


Create your own graphs


Check out some actual hieroglyphics and their meanings. Click on the second red A at the bottom to see your own name in hieroglyphics.


Play the Odds and Evens card game