Books that Make Learning Fun

A book that makes learning fun presents material in an engaging manner, encourages readers to think strategically, or models critical thinking and discovery.


Our favorite books at the elementary level.
playful, simple, and engaging logic puzzles

Anno's Hat Tricks

Mitsumasa Anno

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
captivating biography of Archimedes

Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)

Jeanne Bendick

Topic: history
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
solve the mystery at the art museum

Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference, Solve the Crime!

Anna Nilsen

Topic: art
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
identify the insects here and then head outside

Backyard Detective: Critters Up Close

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
quick and sturdy guide to the night skies

Backyard Stars: A Guide for Home and the Road (Klutz Guides)

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
possibly the most used math manipulative in our home

Base ten blocks: Activities

Sherry Nortman-Wolf

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
can't find enough reading material for your kids?

Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's Literature

Elizabeth Laraway Wilson

Topic: education
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
Topic: music
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
visual math problems

Building Thinking Skills: Hands On Primary

Warren Hill, Ron Edwards

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
systematics strategy building for solving problems

Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition

George Lenchner

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
science explorations with bugs from your backyard

Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method: More Than 100 Hands-On Science Experiments for Children

Sally Kneidel

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
studying insects? master drawing them

Draw Insects

Damon Reinagle

Topic: art
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
fun group activities

Family Math (Equals Series)

Jean Kerr Stenmark, Virginia Thompson, Ruth Cossey

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
explanations and experiments with the periodic table

Fizz, Bubble & Flash!: Element Explorations & Atom Adventures for Hands-On Science Fun! (Williamson Kids Can! Series)

Anita, Ph.D. Brandolini

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
Topic: education
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
art and arithmetic patterns

Grapes Of Math (bkshelf) (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Greg Tang

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
sweet way to learn about fractions

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book

Jerry Pallotta

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
considering home schooling?

Homeschooling for Success: How Parents Can Create a Superior Education for Their Child

Rebecca Kochenderfer, Elizabeth Kanna, Robert T. Kiyosaki

Topic: education
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
earn your black belt in kakuro!

Kakuro for Kids #2: Samurai Edition

Alastair Chisholm

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
science songs you'll never forget

Lyrical Life Science, Vol. 2: Mammals, Ecology, and Biomes With CD

Doug C. Eldon, Dorry Eldon, Bobby Horton

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
body songs that stay with you

Lyrical Life Science, Vol. 3: The Human Body

Doug C. Eldon, Dorry Eldon, Bobby Horton

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
science songs you'll always remember

Lyrical Life Science: Mammals, Ecology and Biomes, Vol. 2 (Lyrical Life Science)

Douglas C. Eldon, Dorry Eldon

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
brighten up understanding Escher

M.C. Escher: Coloring Book

Abrams

Topic: art
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
arithmetic patterns in art and verse

Math Appeal (Mind-Stretching Math Riddles)

Gregory Tang

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
no escape!

Math Curse

Jon Scieszka

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
light hearted tales, tricks, and trades

Math For Kids and Other People Too

Theoni Pappas

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
master pieces of math with the artists

Math-terpieces

Greg Tang

Topic: art
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
can you explain why you did that?

Mathematical Reasoning Through Verbal Analysis (Mathematical Reasoning Grades 4 - 8)

Warren Hill, Ronald Edwards

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
take the mystery out of math tricks

Mental Math in the Primary Grades

Jack Hope, Larry Leutzinger, Barbara Reys, Robert Reys

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
math problems that melt away

More M & M's Brand Chocolate Candies Math

Barbara Barbieri McGrath, Roger Glass

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
facts for the future financier

Neale S Godfreys Ultimate Kids Money Book

Neale S. Godfrey

Topic: business
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
puzzles for pattern blocks

Pattern Blocks Activities (Grades K-6)

Barbara Bayha, Katherine Burt

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
art, music, and culture

Pictures at an Exhibition (Charlesbridge)

Anna Harwell Celenza

Topic: music
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
circles in King Arthur's court

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (A Math Adventure)

Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Topic: music
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
expressing mathematics with words

Techniques of Problem Solving Level 7: Deck Aa

Warren Hill

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
a multiplication mindset

The Best Of Times

Gregory Tang

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
build a body

The Body Book (Grades 3-6)

Donald Silver, Patricia J. Wynne

Topic: health
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
nature's alphabet

The Butterfly Alphabet

Kjell B Sandved

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Fllight of butterflies to your backyard

The Family Butterfly Book

Rick Mikula

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
listen and learn about Haydn

The Farewell Symphony

Anna Harwell Celenza, Joseph Haydn

Topic: music
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Beethoven's tribute

The Heroic Symphony

Anna Harwell Celenza

Topic: music
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
make a million

The Toothpaste Millionaire

Jean Merrill

Topic: business
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
hunt for hidden treasure with your friends

The Treasure Tree: Helping Kids Understand Their Personality

Dr. John Trent

Topic: health
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: weekly
Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily
a tasty twist to percentages

Twizzlers Percentages Book

Jerry Pallotta

Topic: math
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: occasionally
Learning with vermicomposting

Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment

Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton, Barbara Loss Harris

Topic: science
Age Level: elementary
You'll use it: daily

This is math-mom.com, the website built on our belief that learning is naturally fun. With the right expectation and approach, anyone can enjoy learning. But since each of us is unique, we each must find our own best way to learn. We know that we have found our way when learning is fun.

Here you will find books, products, and ideas that our family has used to make learning fun for each one of us. We hope that it encourages you to find your own way to have the fun of learning.