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 secondary level.
amusing brain teasers

Aha! Insight

Martin Gardner

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
high school algebra text

Algebra (The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project)

John W. McConnell

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: once
high school algebra text

Elementary Algebra

Harold R. Jacobs

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
solutions to Jacob's Elementary Algebra

Elementary Algebra: Tchrs'

Harold R. Jacobs

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
a novel approach to math

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions)

Edwin A. Abbott

Topic: language arts
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
secondary math text

Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry (The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project)

Sharon L. Senk, Steven S. Viktora, Zalman Usiskin, Nils P. Ahbel, Virginia Highstone, David Witonsky, Rheta N. Rubenstein, James E. Schultz, Margaret Hackworth, John W. McConnell, Dora Aksoy, James Flanders, Barry Kissane

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
high school geometry text

Geometry (University of Chicago School Mathematics Project)

Zalman Usiskin, Daniel Hirschhorn, Arthur Coxford

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
a classic & contemporary geometry text

Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding

Harold R. Jacobs

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
nature facts in prose and poetry

Handbook of Nature Study

Anna Botsford Comstock

Topic: science
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
powerful presentations for college

Homeschooler's Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts

Topic: education
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
Topic: education
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: monthly
fill space with tessellating polygons

Introduction to Tessellations

Dale Seymour, Jill Britton

Topic: art
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
learn an essential life skill... for fun and sanity!

Juggling for the Complete Klutz

John Cassidy, B. C. Rimbeaux

Topic: games
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
50 reproducible number puzzles

Logic Algebra Problems

Wade H. Sherard

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
geometry problems

Logic Geometry Problems: 21211

Sherard

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
math problems

Logic Number Problems Grades 7-12 (Blackline Masters)

Wade H. Sherard III

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
cartoon basics for kids (and adults)

Mark Kistler's Draw Squad

Mark Kistler

Topic: art
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
more contest problems to ponder

Math Contests: High School, Vol. 4- School Years: 1996-97 through 2000-2001

Steven R. Conrad, Daniel Flegler

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
multiplayer math poems

Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices

Theoni Pappas

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
problems from the pros

Mathematical Olympiad Challenges

Titu Andreescu, Razvan Gelca

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
problem solving tips from the professionals

Mathematical Olympiad Treasures

Titu Andreescu, Bogdan Enescu

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
from billards to bingo

Mathematics: A Human Endeavor (3rd Edition)

Harold R. Jacobs

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
A quark?

Q Is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book

David M. Schwartz

Topic: science
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: weekly
text and supplemental problems

Student Workbook for Jacobs Mathematics: A Human Endeavor

Susan Kneuven Wong

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
classify and identify tiling patterns

Tessellation Teaching Masters: 07900

Dale Seymour

Topic: art
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
advanced problems solving strategies

The Art Of Problem Solving: And Beyond

Richard Rusczyk, Sandor Leholzky

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
detailed solutions

The Art of Problem Solving Vol. 2: And Beyond, Solutions

Sandor Leholzky, Richard Rusczyk

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
detailed solutions

The Art of Problem Solving Volume 1: the Basics

Sandor Lehoczky

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
highlights of interesting math applications

The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering Mathematics All Around You

Theoni Pappas

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
advanced algebra text

UCSMP Advanced Algebra (University of Chicago School Mathematics Project)

Sharon Senk, Denisse Thompson, Steven Viktora, Zalman Usiskin, Nils Ahbel, Rheta Rubenstein, Suzanne Levin, Marcia Weinhold, Judith Halvorson Jasowiak

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
high school math text

UCSMP Precalculus and Discrete Mathematics

University of Chicago School Mathematics Project

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
vermicomposting for environment and education

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up & Maintain a Worm Composting System

Mary Appelhof

Topic: science
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: occasionally
make models to explore geometry

Zome Geometry: Hands-on Learning with Zome Models

George W. Hart, Henri Picciotto

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
You'll use it: daily
solutions and lesson plans

Zoombinis Island Odyssey

Harold R. Jacobs

Topic: math
Age Level: secondary
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.