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Essential Kids Multiplication World Books For The Classroom

Essential Kids Multiplication World Books For The Classroom

Our list of Multiplication World Books is an excellent list of children’s picture books that are the perfect stress free teaching strategy for helping kids learn about multiplying. Grab these must have picture books for your classroom library today!

If you’re wondering how to teach multiplication to your grade 1 and grade 2 students then try some of these educational and engaging childrens books. Picture books are one of the best teaching strategies I know to help kids understand  and engage with tricky mathematical concepts.

These fun rhymes and imaginative stories will help to make learning multiplication more relevant and meaningful for your students and stress free for teachers! The perfect result! Add these books to your list of children’s books for your classroom today.

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This list will help unlock the mysteries of the multiplication world with books. The books in this list help children learn to think mathematically  about the multiplicative process and through stories and pictures they will see how to apply multiplication strategies. This Multiplication World Book list includes books about a range of multiplication strategies like, doubles, equal groups, skip counting, making arrays & repeated addition. Some of these books introduce the idea that multiplication & division are related!

Hope you Enjoy! Let us know your favourite in the comments below!

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Multiplication World Books

Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream – Amanda Bean is a counting machine but is there a quicker way to work out how many?   Amanda loves to count everything, but not until she has an amazing dream does she finally realize that being able to multiply will help her count things faster. A story written to explicitly teach the purpose of multiplication. This book helps children to explore & connect connect repeated addition and arrays as multiplication strategies.

Minnie’s Diner – Perfect for introducing repeated addition and the concept of doubling. Down on the farm one morning, Papa McFay orders his sons to hop to their chores. But from Minnie’s kitchen wafts a smell that gets the boys itchin’, and one by one, they succumb to the call of that sweet aroma. Each brother arrives at Minnie’s twice as hungry as his brother before — and looking for twice as much grub. Will they be in double trouble when Papa McFay tracks them down? With singsong rhythms and comical illustrations spiced with flavor, Dayle Ann Dodds and John Manders serve up a humorous lesson in multiplication.

Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar – The perfect book to introduce older students to multiplication problem solving using ‘factorial’ understanding.

“On the island, there were 2 countries. Within each country, there were 3 mountains. On each mountain, there were 4 walled kingdoms. Within each walled kingdom, there were 5 villages. In each village, there were 6 houses. In each house, there were 7 rooms. In each room, there were 8 cupboards. Within each cupboard, there were 9 boxes. Within each box, there were 10 jars. But how many jars were in all the boxes together?”  The answer is surprising!


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One Hundred Hungry Ants – This is a clever book about using arrays, groups of & repeated addition, and more! A group of 100 ants heads out to get their share of a picnic and go through various configurations to try and cut down the amount of time it takes to reach their goal by changing the array within which they march. They start off with 1 row of 100 and then try 2 rows of 50 and so on until they get to 10 rows of 10 only to find they’ve spent so much time getting arranged, they’ve missed the prize!

The Best Of Times– NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Greg Tang takes on the times tables, teaching kids innovative ways to multiply numbers and derive answers without memorization.

“Four is very fast to do when you multiply by 2.
Here’s a little good advice —
please just always double twice!”

BEST OF TIMES gives kids an intuitive understanding of multiplication, encouraging them to arrive at answers on their own rather than memorizing the times tables. With his common-sense approach, Greg Tang encourages kids to solve problems creatively, building both their skills and their confidence.


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Too Many Kangaroo Things To Do  – It’s Kangaroo’s birthday, but no one will play with him: not the emu, the platypuses, the koalas, or even the dingos. They all have too many things to do. What exactly are they doing? They’re using multiplication to figure out just how many things they have to do to plan a big surprise for Kangaroo!

Eggs and Legs Counting By Twos –  Toasty Toes: Counting By 10’s –  Lots of Ladybugs  – Introduces  skip counting counting and repeated addition.


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Multiplying Menace -Readers will put their multiplication skills to use in this clever math adaptation starring the fairy-tale favorite, Rumpelstiltskin.

It’s been 10 years since the queen defeated Rumpelstiltskin and now he’s back to collect his payment from years before. He causes a stir in the kingdom by making mischief with his multiplying stick and threatens to do far worse if the debt is not repaid.  It’s up to Peter, the young prince, to take possession of the Rumpelstiltskin’s magical multiplying stick and learn how to use it—and multiply both whole numbers and fractions– in order to restore peace to the kingdom. A perfect mix of math, fairy-tale, and fun, The Multiplying Menace will get STEM/STEAM readers excited to solve the adventure one number at a time.

365 Penguins – I suggested this book in our list of  childrens books for teaching numbers & counting so it’s a good one to have in your Children’s Picture Book Classroom Library! The penguins are back, in a new format and with a fresh new cover! The family in 365 Penguins finds a penguin mysteriously delivered to their door every day for a year. At first they’re cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up—along with the family’s problems. Feeding, cleaning, and housing the penguins becomes a monumental task. They’re noisy and smelly, and they always hog the bathroom! And who on earth is sending these kwak-ing critters? Bright, striking illustrations with lots of opportunity for counting (and lots of laughs), 365 Penguins has become a perennial wintertime favorite since it first came out in 2006.

7 x 9 Equals Trouble – Wilson has a hard time with math, especially with Mrs. Porter’s timed multiplication tests. If only he were as quick as Laura Vicks, the smartest kid in third grade, or as quick as his brother, Kipper — a kindergartner. Wilson’s mother and father try to help, but Wilson doesn’t appreciate having to do practice tests on a play date. Fortunately, his friend Josh Hernandez is a comfort, as is Squiggles, the class hamster. Wilson is sure that with his own little animal squeaking and cuddling beside him, he could learn anything. But his mom doesn’t like pets. So Wilson bravely struggles on, hoping that one day in the not-too-distant future he’ll pass all his times-table tests. Then, surprisingly, Kipper comes to the rescue. With sensitivity and gentle humor, Claudia Mills examines a common childhood fear and a common family experience. G. Brian Karas provides tender, funny pictures.

2 x 2 = BOO – How do you make a vampire disappear? How do you turn one bag of candy into five bags? And how do you double a moose head? All you have to do is multiply! Here, in six funny math stories, Loreen Leedy introduces the multiplication facts from 0 through 5.

Multiply on the Fly -From pirate bugs to spittlebugs to lovely Luna moths, children will love learning about the world s insects in Multiply on the Fly! This rhythmic book teaches multiplication in a way that will make children bug you for more. Teeming with fun facts, readers will multiply with a variety of insects, including daring dragonflies, hungry honeybees, and stealthy walking sticks.

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Each Orange Had Eight Slices -“If each orange has 8 slices and each slice has 2 seeds, then how many seeds are there in all?” So many multiplication stories to solve!  You’ll have fun multiplying, adding, and counting your way through the math puzzles hiding in the world all around you.

Math Attack – Each time her teacher asks, “What’s seven times ten?” a young girl experiences a severe case of arithmetic strain. “Numbers flew out of my head by the score. They stuck to the ceiling; they bounced off the floor!” Soon, exploding numbers are taking over her classroom, her school – then the entire town!

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