Want to enjoy Mathical books with the children around you? Feeling uncertain about guiding them through the math-related parts of the book?

These reading guides are designed for parents, librarians, after-school caregivers, and educators of all stripes. You don’t have to be a math whiz to enjoy exploring math with the kids in your life. Just plunge in, and see where the story takes you!

Each reading guide includes both math-centric and narrative activities to start discussions and activities with one child, a handful of kids, or an entire classroom.

Let us know how it goes using #mathicalbooks on Twitter! We look forward to hearing from you!


Have You Seen My Dragon (Steve Light)

Grades K-2

Absolutely One Thing: Featuring Charlie and Lola (Lauren Child)

Max’s Math (Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov)

One Big Pair of Underwear (Laura Gehl, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld)

Grades 3-5

Secret Coders (Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes)

Really Big Numbers (Richard Evan Schwartz) — This reading guide is geared for elementary students.

Grades 6-8

Really Big Numbers (Richard Evan Schwartz) — This reading guide is geared for middle schoolers.

Grades 9-12

Genius: The Game (Leopoldo Gout) — This reading guide is geared for middle school through early high school level.

Nearly Gone (Elle Cosimano)

Reading guides for the Mathical Book Prize are created by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and First Book. They are available for free download on the Mathical Books website, as well as on the First Book Marketplace.

First Book is a national nonprofit social enterprise that provides books and educational materials for educators serving children in need.