On Saint Valentine’s Day one of my rituals in my classroom is to read The Dot & The Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics to my students. Have you heard of it? 

It’s actually one of my favourites! Before I was married I gave and read it to my soon-to-be-wife on Valentine’s day. Now that’s going way back! 

It was also made into an animated short movie and won the best Animated Short Academy Award in 1965. You can watch it on YouTube here: 

This book is one of many that I like to read to my classes every now and then. It’s also one that is on the shelf for my daughters to choose when we read stories before bed.  

In case you missed it over on the Facebook page we were sharing out our favourite books to read with our little ones before bedtime. 

I’ve compiled a list of the book recommended from our conversation plus my Go-To reading books with a math tie-in. 

Download the printable Nighttime Math Reading List for young kids:

Here are my go-to math related nighttime reading books for kids. 


By Kathryn Otoshi
Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !


By Kathryn Otoshi
Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do?

Double Those Wheels

by Nancy Day
Although he begins his delivery on a unicycle, Monkey's trip takes an unusual turn as the one wheel of the unicycle suddenly doubles

G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book

by David M. Schwartz
B is for Binary, F is for Fibonacci, P is for Probability... even a small sample begins to give you the idea that this is a math book unlike any other.

Five Creatures

by Emily Jenkins
A narrative version similar to Which One Doesn't Belong. This picture book will make for interesting yet ultimately unsatisfying reading for young children.

Which One Doesn't Belong?

By Christopher Danielson
Every colorful page of Christopher Danielson's children's picture book, Which One Doesn't Belong?, contains a thoughtfully designed set of four shapes. Each of the shapes can be a correct answer to the question "Which one doesn't belong?"

None The Number

by Oliver Jeffers
The Hueys have an important question about counting in this hilarious new book from international bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.

Ten Times Better

by Michelson
An imaginative numbers book that picks up where most others leave off. Tackling the concept of multiplying by 10

The Greedy Triangle

by Marilyn Burns
Kids will get their early math skills in shape with this bestselling picture book--now available in Scholastic Bookshelf!

Chasing Vermeer

by Blue Balliett
(Grades 4th - 8th) When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen