# 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. ** **

__Counting on Catherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13__by Helaine Becker__Rosie Revere, Engineer__by Andrea Beaty__Hidden Figures__by Margot Lee Shetterly__A computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon__by Suzanne Slade__Bedtime Math Series__by Laura Overdeck__The Day You Begin__by Jacqueline Woodson__Goodnight, Numbers__by Danica McKellar__The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos__by Deborah Heiligman__The Missing Money__by Okeoma Moronu Schreiner__The Girl with a Mind For Math: The Story of Raye Montague__by Julia Finley Mosca__The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath__by Julia Finley Mosca__The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin__by Julia Finley Mosca__A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars__by Seth Fishman__ABC's of Mathematics__by Chris Ferrie__Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain__by Cheryl Bardoe

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