Learning basic addition and subtraction facts can seem so tedious because the content just needs to be repeated and repeated in order to encourage understanding. Word problems can be a whole additional challenge for young learners, which is why I’ve always loved using picture books and stories to help to illustrate these concepts.

This post contains affiliate links. For my full policy and disclosures, click here.

This new book Pigeon Mathbook written by Asia Citro and illustrated by Richard Watson is an awesome book resource for illustrating addition and subtraction within 10 flexibly through a silly pigeon story! I was sent an advanced copy for review by Innovation Press and fell in love.

Check out the book here:


Of course I went right to work creating some extension activities to pair right along with this book and I’d love for you to check them out!

  1. One of my favorite ways to assess student learning is to have students write their own story problems. With these free templates and a free book cover, you’ll be able to print and create a class book with your student written pigeon story problems!

2. If your students could use a little extra practice with addition and subtraction story problems, this solve along reader is a great way to use this book to do it! Each page includes the basic story problems that go along with the book. Students can draw a math picture to match and then write the equation and complete the answer sentence for each page. This is a great follow up to reading and can easily be modeled while reading!


Additional Resource: