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Through the years, I have shared numerous math activities like math printables and math games. However, today’s math activity is all about **reading**! Are you wondering about the correlation between math and literature? Well, before moving on to the books, let me first explain the idea of **living math books**!

### My Definition of a Living Math Book:

I believe that a “living” math book is a book that presents mathematical concepts in * real life context*, which is

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**relevant to the reader**A living math book is * not a text book*; rather it is a book…plain and simple…a book…with a storyline, which happens to have

**math skills integrated within the story.**

Such books, living math books, can be used to teach and/or reinforce various mathematical skills and concepts.

**Therefore, reading CAN be a fun, engaging math activity!**

To get you started, here are some living math books for various different mathematical concepts. While the book below are linked to Amazon for easy purchasing, many of the books can probably be found at your local library!

## Counting:

Below are just a few of the many **counting-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Addition:

Below are just a few of the many **addition-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Subtraction:

Below are just a few of the many **subtraction-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Multiplication:

Below are just a few of the many **multiplication-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Division:

Below are just a few of the many **division-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Money:

Below are just a few of the many **money-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Fractions:

Below are just a few of the many **fraction-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Measurement:

Below are just a few of the many **measurement-themed** living math books found on www.LivingMathBooks.com.

## Reading as a Math Activity

I hope you have been able to find some suitable living math books so that you can incorporate reading as a math activity in your home or classroom! Be sure to visit LivingMathBooks.com for hundreds more living math books to choose from!

__10 Days of Math Games & Activities__

*This post was part of the 10 Days of…Series hosted by iHomeschool Network.*

**Day 1:** Making Equations (Addition & Subtraction) Math Game

**Day 2:** Number Line Addition & Subtraction Math Game

**Day 3:** Guess the Coins Math Game

**Day 4:** Roll Hundreds & Roll Thousands (Place Value Math Game)

**Day 5:** Living Math Books: Reading as a Math Activity

**Day 6:** Circle Subtraction Math Game

**Day 7:** Grid Multiplication Math Game

**Day 8:** Making it Whole (Fractions Game)

**Day 9:** Off the Grid (Addition & Subtraction Game)

**Day 10:** Math Games for Family Game Night

This post was originally published on April 20, 2012.

Coby

This is fantastic! I’m not a mathematically-minded person (I used to be an English teacher), and this really helps me!

Mama Jenn

Thanks so much for the book suggestions and ideas! I will FOR SURE have to check those out and add them to the Living Math Book List!

Brandigandy

This is a great list! I LOVE using books to teach math. I was a middle school math teacher for 8 years before staying home this year. Another book I absolutely adore to use is Spaghetti and Meatballs for Everyone. I use it when we are doing area and perimeter. I give the kids square tiles and we move through the table arrangements. I use a corresponding activity that requires the kids to use a set number of square tiles to form different perimeters. After doing both, we discuss what happens to area when perimeter changes, what happens to perimeter when area changes, do they both have to change, etc.

I also really really love “The Math Curse”. I love using it at the beginning of the year or at the beginning of summer school to start having the kids see math in every day life. After I read the book and we talk, we do a gallery walk of every day pictures and the kids write math questions about the pictures. We build on it until each picture has 2-3 high level questions.

As math teachers, we MUST support reading and writing. Love it.