Updated March 29, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Pre-Algebra Textbooks

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in May of 2017. Math is difficult enough to understand already, so boring, out-of-date schoolbooks don’t help. If the word “equation” makes your child shudder, check out these pre-algebra textbooks. We’ve included editions that explain core concepts clearly and provide students with a proper foundation, whether you’re a pre-teen entering high school or an adult in need of a refresher. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best pre-algebra textbook on Amazon.

10. Prentice Hall Pre-Algebra

9. Bittinger Prealgebra 7th Edition

8. Glencoe Pre-Algebra First Edition

7. Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies

6. Marecek and Anthony-Smith's Prealgebra

5. McKeague's Prealgebra: A Text/Workbook 7th Edition

4. Martin Gay's Prealgebra 8th Edition

3. Holt McDougal Larson Pre-Algebra

2. Lial and Hestwood's Prealgebra 6th Edition

1. Miller, O'Neill, and Hyde's Prealgebra 2nd Edition

Editor's Notes

March 26, 2019:

Mathematics is a subject many students struggle with, so it can be helpful to purchase additional study materials to make things just a little bit easier. We have included texts ideal for self-study, options good for parents homeschooling their kids, and books that are best-suited for classroom use to ensure we have covered every need. If you are looking for something you or your child can use to prepare themselves for an upcoming class, or something they can use to supplement their in-class text, take a look at Lial and Hestwood's Prealgebra 6th Edition, Martin Gay's Prealgebra 8th Edition, McKeague's Prealgebra: A Text/Workbook 7th Edition, and Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies. They all have a straightforward approach and are written in a way that readers will need little, if any, outside assistance to understand the subject matter. Holt McDougal Larson Pre-Algebra is a great choice for homeschooling parents and in-class use, as is Marecek and Anthony-Smith's Prealgebra, which can be adapted to suit a variety of syllabi. Prentice Hall Pre-Algebra is a very comprehensive tome that works to connect the different branches of mathematics and would be a valuable choice for classroom instruction. Miller, O'Neill, and Hyde's Prealgebra 2nd Edition and Glencoe Pre-Algebra First Edition work just as well for self-study as they do as a required course text.


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Last updated on March 29, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

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