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15 Picture Books that Help Build a Positive Mathematical Identity

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

There are so many excellent children’s books available that highlight people of all backgrounds and racial identities and their passion for the field of mathematics.

Exposing children to the mathematical lives of others who they can identify with on a human level - whether it is someone who looks like them, grew up in the same area, has the same religion, or some other connection - helps to position children to see themselves as competent learners and doers of mathematics. It is also important to remember that children need to know and believe that people who are different from them are also capable mathematics learners and doers. Read one of these picture books before going to bed or have it as a read aloud for your class.

  1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

  2. Bedtime Math Series by Laura Overdeck

  3. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

  4. Goodnight, Numbers by Danica McKellar

  5. The Missing Money by Okeoma Moronu Schreiner

  6. ABC's of Mathematics by Chris Ferrie

Episode 2 of The Kids Math Talk Podcast discusses reading books as a part of Building Positive Mathematics Identity

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