Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. — Dr. Seuss

Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose. — Neil Gaiman


We read to know that we are not alone. — C.S. Lewis

Rather than alphabetizing the books as they appear under “Prior to 2014,” I’m now listing the books as I acquire them. Acquiring a book does not always mean that I have the luxury to interact with it soon enough, but I’m always up for a book chat.

(I do read non-math and non-education related books. I read almost everything Elizabeth Berg writes. Memoirs are delicious.)

  1. The Classroom Chef by Matt Vaudrey and John Stevens
  2. Sensible Mathematics by Steven Leinwand
  3. Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
  4. Playing with Math edited by Sue VanHattum
  5. Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction by Marian Small
  6. Putting Essential Understanding of Ratios and Proportions into Practice by NCTM
  7. Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All by NCTM
  8. Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz
  9. How Children Fail by John Holt
  10. How Children Learn by John Holt
  11. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
  12. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
  13. Make Just One Change: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions by Dan Rothstein, Luz Santana
  14. Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All Around Us by Oscar E. Fernandez
  15. This is Not a Test: A Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by Jose Luis Vilson
  16. Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
  17. Putting It Together: Middle School Math in Transition by Gary Tsuruda
  18. Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions by Elham Kazemi, Allison Hintz
  19. The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
  20. King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry by Siobhan Roberts

Prior to 2014

  1. 25 Real Life Math Investigations That Will Astound Teachers and Students by Edward Zaccaro
  2. 50 Mathematical Puzzles and Problems Green Collection by Gilles Cohen (Editor)
  3. 50 Mathematical Puzzles and Problems Orange Collection by Gilles Cohen (Editor)
  4. 50 Mathematical Puzzles and Problems Red Collection by Gilles Cohen (Editor)
  5. A Moscow Math Circle: Week-by-week Problem Sets by Sergey Dorichenko
  6. A Passion for Mathematics by Clifford A. Pickover
  7. A Visual Approach to Functions by Frances Van Dyke
  8. A Watched Cup Never Cools by Ellen Kamischke
  9. About Teaching Mathematics by Marilyn Burns
  10. Active Algebra: Strategies and Lessons for Successfully Teaching Linear Relationships by Dan Brutlag
  11. Activity Based Statistics by Richard L. Scheaffer, Ann Watkins, Jeffrey Witmer, Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
  12. Agnesi to Zeno: Over 100 Vignettes from the History of Math by Sanderson Smith
  13. aha! Insight by Martin Gardner
  14. Algebra Out Loud: Learning Mathematics Through Reading and Writing Activities by Pat Mower, Ph.D.
  15. An Imaginary Tale: The Story of (-1)^0.5 by Paul J. Nahin
  16. An Imaginative Approach to Teaching by Kieran Egan
  17. Becoming a Problem Solver by Edward Zaccaro
  18. Calculus Explorations by Paul A. Foerster
  19. Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner
  20. Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student by Edward Zaccaro
  21. Challenging Critical Thinking Puzzles by Michael A. DiSpezio
  22. Challenging Problems in Algebra by Alfred S. Posamentier, Charles T. Salkind
  23. Challenging Problems in Geometry by Alfred S. Posamentier, Charles T. Salkind
  24. CHAMPS by Randy Sprick, Ph.D.
  25. Chinese Brain Twisters by Baifang
  26. Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers by Edmund T. Emmer, Carolyn M. Evertson, Julie P. Sanford, Barbara S. Clements, Murray E. Worsham
  27. Comparisons by Diagram Group
  28. Competition Math for Middle School by J. Batterson
  29. Concepts of Modern Mathematics by Ian Stewart
  30. Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching by Mariale M. Hardiman
  31. Creating Lifelong Learners: Challenges for education in the 21st century by Ian Andain, Gerard Murphy
  32. Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics by George Lenchner
  33. Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom by Elizabeth G. Cohen
  34. Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Math Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom by Joan D’Amico, Kate Gallaway
  35. Does This Line Ever Move? by Kenneth R. Chelst and Thomas G. Edwards
  36. Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can’t Read, Write, or Add (Paperback) by Charles J. Sykes
  37. e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
  38. Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan William
  39. Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles by Martin Gardner
  40. Family Math: The Middle School Years by Karen Mayfield-Ingram, Virginia Thompson
  41. Famous Problems and Their Mathematicians by Art Johnson
  42. Faster Isn’t Smarter by Cathy L. Seeley
  43. Fermat’s Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Aczel
  44. Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability by Frederick Mosteller
  45. Fifty Lectures for Mathcounts Competitions, Volume I by Jane Chen, Sam Chen
  46. Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Margaret S. Smith and Mary Kay Stein
  47. Fostering Algebraic Thinking: A Guide for Teachers, Grades 6-10 by Mark Driscoll
  48. Fostering Geometric Thinking: A Guide for Teachers, Grades 5-10 by Mark Driscoll, Rachel Wing DiMatteo, Johannah Nikula, Michael Egan
  49. Geometry Labs: Activities for Grades 8-11 by Henri Picciotto
  50. Get it Together: Math Problems for Groups Grades 4-12 by Tim Erickson, Rose Craig
  51. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  52. Good Questions for Math Teaching, Why Ask Them and What to Ask, Grades 5-8 by Lanie Schuster, Nancy Canavan Anderson
  53. Ask Them and What to Ask, Grades 5-8 by Lanie Schuster, Nancy Canavan Anderson
  54. Great Critical Thinking Puzzles by Michael A. DiSpezio
  55. Hands-On Algebra: Ready-To-Use Games & Activities for Grades 7-12 by Frances McBroom, Ed.D. Thompson
  56. Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications: Ready-to-Use Lessons and Materials for Grades 6-12 by Gary Robert Muschla, Judith A. Muschla
  57. Hard Math for Middle School by Glenn Ellison
  58. How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by G. Polya
  59. In Code – A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery (16 years old when she co-authored with her father David Flannery)
  60. Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
  61. Is Democracy Fair? The Mathematics of Voting and Apportionment by Leslie Johnson Nielsen, Michael de Villiers
  62. It’s All Relative: Key Ideas and Common Misconceptions About Ratios and Proportion, Grade 6-7 by Anne Collins and Linda Dacey
  63. Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham
  64. Letters to a Young Mathematician (Art of Mentoring) by Ian Stewart
  65. Literacy is Not Enough: 21-Century Fluencies for the Digital Age by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes, Andrew Churches
  66. Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools by William Powell, Ochan Kusuma-Powell
  67. Math and Literature: Grades 6-8 by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Sherri L. Martinie
  68. Math and Nonfiction: Grades 6-8 by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Sherri L. Martinie
  69. Math for Smarty Pants (Brown Paper School Book) by Marilyn Burns
  70. Math-A-Day: A Book of Days for Your Mathematical Year by Theoni Pappas
  71. Mathematical Circles (Russian Experience) by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin, Ilia Itenberg
  72. Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning (Volume I) by G. Polya
  73. Mathercise: Classroom Warm-Up Exercises, Book C by Michael Serra
  74. Men of Mathematics by E.T. Bell
  75. Mental Math in Junior High by Jack A. Hope, Barbara J. Reys, Robert E. Reys
  76. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  77. My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles by Martin Gardner
  78. My Brain is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter
  79. Number Theory and Its History by Oystein Ore
  80. One Equals Zero and Other Mathematical Surprises: Paradoxes, Fallacies, and Mind Booglers (Paperback) by Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar, John Webb
  81. Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free by Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan
  82. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  83. Personal Learning Networks by Will Richardson, Rob Mancabelli
  84. Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense Making with the Mathematical Practices by Max Ray of the The Math Forum @ Drexel
  85. Precalculus and Trigonometry Explorations by Paul A. Foerster
  86. Probability Activities for Problem Solving and Skills Reinforcement by Robert Lovell
  87. Probability Simulations by Mary Jean Winter and Ronald J. Carlson
  88. Problem Solving Strategies: Crossing the River with Dogs and Other Mathematical Adventures by Ted Herr and Ken Johnson
  89. Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics by Bonnie Averbach, Orin Chein
  90. Problems with Patterns and Numbers by The Shell Centre Team. Published by Shell Centre & Joint Matriculation Board 1984.
  91. Pythagoras Plugged In by Dan Bennett
  92. Quantam Quandaries (100 Brainteasers from Quantum, the Magazine of Math and Science) by Timothy Weber, Sergey Ivanov
  93. Real-Life Math: Algebra by Walter Sherwood
  94. Rethinking Proof with the Geometer’s Sketchpad by Michael D. De Villiers
  95. Sacred Mathematics: Japanese Temple Geometry by Fukagawa Hidetoshi, Tony Rothman
  96. Simply Great Explorations in Geometry by Bill Lombard, Brad Fulton
  97. Simply Great Math Activities: Fractions, Decimals, Percents by Bill Lombard, Brad Fulton
  98. Simply Great Math Games by Bill Lombard, Brad Fulton
  99. Solve This: Math Activities for Students and Clubs by James Tanton
  100. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
  101. Teaching Today’s Mathematics in the Middle Grades by Art V. Johnson and Kit L. Norris
  102. The Ambitious Horse: Ancient Chinese Mathematics Problems by Lawrence W. Swienciki
  103. The Calculus of Friendship by Steven Strogatz
  104. The Colossal Book of Mathematics by Martin Gardner
  105. The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems by Martin Gardner
  106. The Complete Book of Fun Maths by Philip Carter & Ken Russell
  107. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
  108. The I Hate Mathematics! Book (Brown Paper School Books) by Linda Allison, Marilyn Burns, David Weitzman
  109. The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz
  110. The Language of Functions and Graphs by Malcolm Swan and the Shell Centre Team. Published by Shell Centre & Joint Matriculation Board 1985.
  111. The Language of Math: Helping Students Speak, Write, and Think Mathematically by Brad Fulton and Bill Lombard
  112. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
  113. The Math Explorer: Games and Activities for Middle School Youth Groups by Pat Murphy, Lori Lambertson, Pearl Tesler, Exploratorium
  114. The Mathematics of Oz: Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge by Clifford A. Pickover
  115. The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Math & Logic Puzzles) by Boris A. Kordemsky
  116. The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner, and Michael Henry Heim
  117. The Number Sense by Stanislas Dehaene
  118. The Pattern and Function Connection by Brad S. Fulton and Bill Lombard
  119. The Story of Mathematics by Anne Rooney
  120. The Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (But are Rarely Taught) by Edward Zaccaro
  121. The Ultimate Book of Puzzles, Mathematical Diversions, and Brainteasers: A Definitive Collection of the Best Puzzles Ever Devised by Erwin Brecher
  122. The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno’s Paradoxes by David Darling
  123. The Write Tool to Teach Algebra by Virginia Gray
  124. Thinking Mathematically by John Mason with Leone Burton and Kaye Stacey
  125. Thought Provokers by D. Rohrer
  126. Unfolding Mathematics with Origami Boxes by Arnold Tubis and Crystal Mills
  127. Unfolding Mathematics with Unit Origami by Betsy Franco
  128. United We Solve: 116 Math Problems for Groups, Grades 5-10 by Tim Erickson
  129. Visual Thinking Puzzles by Michael A. DiSpezio
  130. What Is Calculus About? by W. W. Sawyer
  131. What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins
  132. What’s Math Got to Do with It? by Jo Boaler
  133. What’s Next? Using Patterns to Solve Problems, Volume 1 by Wilbert Reimer
  134. What’s Next? Using Patterns to Solve Problems, Volume 2 by Wilbert Reimer
  135. What’s Next? Using Patterns to Solve Problems, Volume 3 by Wilbert Reimer
  136. What’s Wrong with This Picture? Critical Thinking Exercises in Geometry by Michael Serra
  137. When Least Is Best: How Mathematicians Discovered Many Clever Ways to Make Things as Small (or as Large) as Possible by Paul J. Nahin
  138. Who’s #1?: The Science of Rating and Ranking by Amy N. Langville and Carl D. Meyer
  139. Wonders of Numbers by Clifford A. Pickover
  140. Write for Mathematics by Andrew S. Rothstein, Evelyn B. Rothstein, Gerald Lauber
  141. Write Starts: 101 Writing Prompts for Math by Margaret E. McIntosh, Roni J. Draper
  142. Writing to Learn Mathematics: Strategies That Work by Joan Coungtryman
  143. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife


  1. Posted July 21, 2016 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I loved the Cohen book (Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom)! How did you come across that book? It was recommended to me at a Complex Instruction workshop.

    Have you read Lani Horn’s new book about groupwork in the math classroom?

    • Fawn
      Posted August 9, 2016 at 1:32 am | Permalink

      Hi Touzel. I got Designing Groupwork from a non-math conference, I think it was at the SDB (Sarah D. Barder) annual conference. I adore Lani and appreciate her contributions to #MTBoS, but I haven’t had a chance to read her book. Thank you for dropping in.

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