Let’s Play Math blog > Math with Living Books > Problem Solving and Math Circles

From the elementary puzzles to Olympiad-level stumpers, the problems in these books will challenge your best students. I enjoy working through these myself!

Within each subcategory, books are listed alphabetically by author.

If you click on a book cover, the links take you to Amazon.com, where you can read reviews and other details (and where I earn a few cents of affiliate commission if you actually buy the book), but most of these books should be available through your public library. Ask a librarian to find you a copy — they love to help!


Running a Math Circle

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Elementary Problem Solving

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Intermediate Problem-Solving

andreescu-mathletes Batterson-Competition Math jchen-20skills jchen-20more contest1 contest2 contest3 contest4 contest5 contest6 contest7 contest8 contest9 crawford-numbertheory Ellison-Hard Math for Middle School frost-vol1 frost-vol2 lehoczky-basics orangecounty patrick-counting romanowicz-teasers rusczyk-prealgebra rusczyk-algebra rusczyk-geometry stickels-puzzles tanton-solve

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Advanced Problem-Solving

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