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

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.)

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

**Prior to 2014**

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

## 3 Comments

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?

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.

Thanks for a great list of books and a great site. What are your top three or five books from this list that have really stretched your mathematics teaching?

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