Multiplication and division are very important mathematical concepts that are introduced in 2nd grade. These concepts can be a little tricky for students to grasp. Therefore, I love providing students with a way to relate to the concept in a real-world way that makes sense to them and their developmental level as well as gives them a visual representation of the concept. Read on for 15 books about multiplication and division that are effective for introducing and teaching these concepts!
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Books about Multiplication
1. Now for My Next Number! Songs for Multiplying Fun by Margaret Park
If you’re anything like me, you probably make up songs or rhymes to help you remember certain pieces of information. That’s how I remember my social security number, driver’s license number, and literally all the things!
There’s something about putting a tune to information that helps us remember things more effectively, and the same goes for our students!
This book about multiplication features different numbers and their multiples in song, story, and rhyme form to help students remember them and learn multiplication.
The illustrations and scenes are bright and vibrant. They show groups of objects in a way that students can relate to and understand the concept even deeper.
2. 2 x 2 = Boo! A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories by Loreen Leedy
If you’re looking for some early learning books about multiplication, this one is perfect! This story presents basic multiplication concepts and facts from 0 through 5 with funny math stories.
From disappearing vampires to turning 1 bag of candy into multiple bags or doubling a moose head, students will learn the power of multiplication through these silly stories.
3. Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong
This book about multiplication follows old Mr. Haktak as he digs up a mysterious brass pot from his garden. He doesn’t know what it can be used for, but once his coin purse and Mrs. Haktak’s hairpin falls into the pot, they soon understand the magic of the pot.
They find 2 hairpins and 2 coin purses in the pot. From then on, they use the magical pot to multiply their gold coins in hopes of creating a fortune. This book offers a silly story and great visuals for students as they learn about multiplication.
4. The Best of Times: Math Strategies that Multiply by Greg Tang
This is one of my all-time favorite books about multiplication. I love how the author approaches times tables and helps students learn innovative and creative ways to multiply numbers and get answers without memorization.
This book encourages students to think critically and form a deep understanding of multiplication and numerical concepts. Therefore, they can learn their multiplication facts confidently without relying on memorization.
His belief is that if kids can multiply by 2, they can multiply by 4 and 8. The same is true with multiplying by 3, 6, and 9.
5. The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang
This is another one of Greg Tang’s books about multiplication. This book is full of math riddles that will encourage your students to think deeper and stretch their thinking.
In this story, the question of how many grapes are on the vine is posed. Counting them would take too long, so students learn how to group the grapes and multiply, arriving at the answer even quicker.
This book about multiplication uses rhymes, riddles, and visual clues to help students learn how to group numbers and count quickly with multiplication.
6. Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander
This book is not only educational, but is totally entertaining and fun for students with the funny illustrations and storyline. It also has a section with educational suggestions for teachers and parents, which is a great addition.
In the story, the main character, Amanda, doesn’t understand why multiplication is so important, even after her teacher tells her so. However, after having a strange dream full of mathematical challenges, she soon realizes the purpose of this math skill.
She then learns how to multiply nearly everything! She begins counting everything by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.
This would be a great book to help your reluctant math students understand the purpose of multiplication and how they will use it in their day to day life. Add this read aloud to your lessons about skip counting for some extra practice!
7. Spunky Monkeys on a Parade by Stuart J. Murphy
If you’ve read any of my previous math book blog posts, you know how much I love Stuart J. Murphy’s Math Start Series books! This book about multiplication is a level 2 in the series, making it perfect for introducing the concept of multiplication in 2nd grade.
This book is great for teaching students how to count by 2s, 3s, and 4s using different grouping of monkeys in a parade. The illustrations are hilarious and make understanding the concept of multiplication even more concrete.
8. Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin by Pam Calvert
Treat your students to a fairy-tale story featuring Rumpelstiltskin as they apply their multiplication skills in this clever math version of the classic story.
In the story, Rumpelstiltskin returns after 10 years since being defeated by the queen, and he is back to collect his payment! His multiplying stick wreaks havoc in the kingdom and he threatens to continue if he is not repaid.
Peter must get his hands on the magical multiplying stick and learn how to use it before it’s too late. This book not only features multiplying whole numbers, but also fractions, making it perfect for students in 2nd-4th grade.
Books about Division
9. The Multiplying Menace Divides by Pam Calvert
This book about division is the perfect follow-up to the Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin book about multiplication. Students will now put their division skills to the test in another fun math adventure.
Once again, Rumpelstiltskin returns and begins stirring up trouble after being banished to the Abyss of Zero. His sidekick, Matilda, and him plot their revenge on Peter, but this time, he’s using his powers to divide the kingdom.
Peter must locate the Great Multiplier to find a way to undo the Great Divide before Rumpelstiltskin can combine his 2 magical math sticks.
This book features dividing whole numbers and fractions as well as the division rules for zero. Again, this is the perfect book for students in 2nd-4th grade.
10. The Great Divide: A Mathematical Marathon by Dayle Ann Dodds
This book about division features 80 racers, a cross-country race, and a lot of dangers along the way. Each danger divides the group in different ways, leaving watchers wondering if anyone will be left to cross the finish line at the end.
This story will have students on their toes wondering what danger lies ahead next. It’s also a great book to encourage critical thinking and foreshadowing as they use their knowledge of division to determine if anyone will be left!
11. The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
As more friends come to share the cookies, they must work together to divide them equally so they can share with their friends.
This would be a great opportunity for students to draw a picture or work the scenarios out with manipulatives or small cookies during snack time to represent the division problems themselves.
12. Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott
This is a hilarious story about an unlucky 13th bean that Flora chooses, despite being warned against it. After picking it, Flora and Ralph go on a quest to make it disappear as fast as they can.
They try to determine how to divide the beans equally in order to make them all disappear, but there is still always that unlucky 13th bean leftover. Your students won’t even realize this book is secretly about math!
13. Divide and Ride by Stuart J. Murphy
Stuart J. Murphy is back again with this book about division. This is a level 3 in his Math Start series, which makes it great for advanced 2nd grade students and 3rd grade students.
This story teaches students how to divide using various rides at the carnival. 11 friends must figure out how to divide up to fit on the 2-seater roller coaster and 4-seater teacup ride.
This would be a great opportunity to get your kids actively learning by getting them up and moving and learning to divide themselves into equal groups.
14. One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
Dividing 100 hungry ants may seem challenging. However, as the ants march off in a single file line to head to a picnic, students will soon realize that dividing 100 ants isn’t as hard as it seems.
They’ll see how dividing into rows of 50 and 20 makes it go much faster! This is a great way for students to learn about dividing larger numbers.
15. Cheetah Math: Learning About Division from Baby Cheetahs by Ann Whitehead Nagda
If your students love animals and cheetahs, they’re going to love this book about division. This book follows 2 cheetah cubs who come to the San Diego Zoo. They’re dog buddies become the perfect animal friends to help the cheetahs find their place in the zoo.
As the cheetahs and dogs go about their adventures, your students will learn about division and sharing equally.
I hope you enjoyed learning about these books about multiplication and division. They are sure to make teaching these concepts more fun and real-life for your students.
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If you’re looking for more lessons and activities for teaching multiplication and division, check out my 2nd grade guided math unit and 3rd grade guided math unit.
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