Young Math

Here is the message from Dorothy Bloomfield, Consulting Editor for the Crowell Young Math Books.

Children are naturally curious about their world and it is also natural for them to respond to this curiosity through action. Jean Piaget, the noted Swiss educational philosopher, considers such action to be at the core of mathematical learning. The action can be outward and physical: moving things about or constructing things. Or it can be inward and mental: observing, identifying, naming, finding patterns, or interpreting.

The terms and symbols of mathematics are part of a precise language. Just as a poet uses language and ideas in unusual ways to create new insights, so the young child can play with the language of mathematics toward further creative learning and use this language for interaction with others.

Young Math Books invite children to explore relationships that are basic to their environment and introduce them to mathematical language that will enable them to express their ideas about the world in which they are growing up.

The books have been out of print for 30-40 years. Here is the list of the books compiled by Julie Brennan of Living Math. You can find some of them online when people scan them for their kids or their math clubs.

Full List

  • 666 Jellybeans! All That? An Introduction to Algebra by Malcolm E. Weiss
  • Angles are Easy as Pie by Robert Froman
  • Area by Jane Jonas Srivastava
  • Averages by Jane Jonas Srivastava
  • Bigger and Smaller by Robert Froman
  • Binary Numbers by Clyde Watson
  • Building Tables on Tables: A Book about Multiplication by John V. Trivett
  • Circles by Mindel and Harry Sitomer
  • Computers by Jane Jonas Srivastava
  • The Ellipse by Mannis Charosh
  • Estimation by Charles F. Linn
  • Exploring Triangles: Paper-Folding Geometry by Jo Phillips
  • Fractions are Parts of Things by J. Richard Dennis
  • A Game of Functions by Robert Froman
  • Graph Games by Frédérique and Papy
  • The Greatest Guessing Game: A Book about Dividing by Robert Froman
  • How Little and How Much: A Book about Scales by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Less than Nothing is Really Something by Robert Froman
  • Long, Short, High, Low, Thin, Wide by James T. Fey
  • Maps, Tracks, and the Bridges of Konigsberg: A Book about Networks by Michael Holt
  • Mathematical Games for One or Two by Mannis Charosh
  • Measure with Metric by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Probability by Charles F. Linn
  • Right Angles: Paper-Folding Geometry by Jo Phillips
  • Rubber Bands, Baseballs and Doughnuts: A Book about Topology by Robert Froman
  • Solomon Grundy, Born on Oneday: A Finite Arithmetic Puzzle by Malcolm E. Weiss
  • Spirals by Mindel and Harry Sitomer
  • Statistics by Jane Jonas Srivastava
  • Venn Diagrams by Robert Froman

I Love Math series, also out of print