• Caroline Farkas

8 Division Read Alouds for Your Upper Elementary Math Class

Updated: Apr 13

Do you need a picture book for teaching division? Check out these 8 math read alouds that would be a great addition to your upper elementary math lessons! Some of the links below are Amazon associate links and I may receive a small commission from them.


1. The Multiplying Menace Divides


Written By: Pam Calvert, Illustrated By: Wayne Geehan


This creative story tells the tale of a kingdom where a witch and Rumpelstiltskin try to get revenge with math! This is the sequel to the popular book The Multiplying Menace.


Great for: Learning about what division is in a creative storyline and introduction to the division of fractions.




2. Two Greedy Bears


Written By: Mirra Ginsburg, Illustrated By: Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey


This book is about two bears who are trying to equally share a snack! This book is a quick and easy read!


Great for: A very basic introduction to what division is.




3. One Hungry Cat


Written By: Joanne Rocklin, Illustrated By: Rowan Barnes-Murphy


This story is about a silly cat who always wants to be fair when he shares. The stories go over different examples of food and how it is shared.


Great for: Visually showing division with illustrations of equal groups.





4. The Doorbell Rang

Written and Illustrated By: Pat Hutchins


This story is about a group of kids enjoying some cookies. Each time the doorbell rings, they split the cookies so that everyone can enjoy it!


Great for: Introducing division as sharing, and how division can be impacted by the number you are dividing by (or the divisor).



5. Bean Thirteen


Written and Illustrated By: Matthew McElligott


This story is about two bugs who are trying to equally separate 13 beans but keep running into a problem!


Great for: Introductions to remainders and prime numbers.






6. A Remainder of One


Written By Elinor J Pinczes, Illustrated By: Bonnie MacKain


This read-aloud has a cute rhyming storyline about bugs marching in different numbers of lines and how there is always an “oddball” that isn’t in a line.


Great for: Introductions to remainders and using arrays to show remainders.


7. The Great Divide


Written By: Dayle Ann Dodds, Illustrated By: Tracy Mitchell


This is another cute rhyming story about a large group being split over and over again.


Great for: Introductions to dividing by two, and also dividing by 2 to divide by 4 or 8.



8. Divide and Ride


Written By: Stuart J. Murphy, Illustrated By: George Ulrich


This story is about a group of kids who go to a theme park and realize that division is involved!


Great for: Showing divisions with arrays and introduction to remainders.


Need read alouds for other math topics? Check out these math read alouds for the beginning of the year, read alouds for place value, and read alouds for multiplication!


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8 Awesome Division Read Alouds to Read To your Upper Elementary STudents

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