Books to build mathematical understanding in Years 5-6

Your child can use these five books to expand their knowledge about probability, numbers and the Fibonacci sequence. While they may not all be cover-to-cover reads, you can choose your own adventure by selecting chapters your child finds interesting. Some of these books you can return to again and again!

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04 March 2021

 
 
 

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

Written by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, translated by Michael Henry Heim, and illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner

Have you ever dreamt about mathematics? This book follows Robert as he adventures with different mathematical principles through 12 different dreams. Both Robert and your child will learn about things like prime numbers and the Fibonacci sequence, exploring how numbers work and other mathematical concepts.

 
 
 

If: A Mind-bending Way Of Looking At Big Ideas And Numbers

Written by David J. Smith and illustrated by Steve Adams

Numbers help us describe the world around us. To do that, sometimes we need really big numbers, which may be challenging for young minds to understand. But what if your child could think about those numbers in relation to things we can readily see, feel and touch? If your child has ever wondered 'how big is that?', this incredible book is for them.

 
 
 

Mind-boggling Numbers

Written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Julia Patton

“If everyone on Earth owned exactly the same amount of land, how big would your yard be?”. This book poses some curious questions and uses maths to help us answer them. This is a fun read that encourages noticing and wondering whilst also exploring aspects of measurement and numbers.

 
 
 

G Is For Googol: A Math Alphabet Book

Written by David M. Schwartz and illustrated by Marissa Moss

Featuring maths trivia and fun facts to entertain your child, this book explains maths with humour and quirky illustrations. It contains an A-Z list of some cool mathematical ideas from a googol to the little-known rhombicosidodecahedron. This maths companion guide is a fun read from front to back, back to front, and any combination in between.

 
 
 

That's A Possibility!

Written and illustrated by Bruce Goldstone

What makes something possible, impossible, or probable? This book dives into different situations, exploring likely outcomes. You can read this book to explore concepts of probability with your child.