Math Storytelling Day 2016: 8 Math Storybooks for Young Readers
Young mathematicians who have mishaps and heroics that will make your students’ imaginations soar!
Math stories have been told for centuries, from Zeno’s paradoxes in ancient Greece to the tale of the king, chessboard, and rice, which originated in10th century India and Persia. Math Storytelling Day was invented in 2009 by mathematics educator Maria Droujkova, to celebrate her birthday on September 25. Droujkova, who designs mathematics curriculum and games, wanted to share her love of math and storytelling with the world.
In honor of National Math Storytelling Day 2016, we’ve put together a collection of TK fiction books that feature young mathematicians and math-related adventures—perfect for Grades K–8. These humorous heroics, along with a few mishaps, will make your students’ imaginations soar!
Math-tastic factor: The first in a trilogy of bedtime stories that show kids math is a part of everyday life—from pet care to food mishaps—in comical ways. The Wall Street Journal Review says, “Overdeck wants to make mathematics a part of children’s routines—outside of school, away from textbooks, and at the coziest time of everyone’s day.”
Math-tastic factor: Children love solving the simple math problems involving money, using their own coins while the story is read aloud. Worksheets are available at numerous web sites—or make up your own!
Math-tastic factor: Children will delight in following the kitty in the illustrations from page to page as you explain the concepts of fair share, fractions, and division. Check out a hands-on lesson using this book from Our Journey Westward.
Math-tastic factor: School Library Journal says of this charming book, “Fresh, whimsical illustrations fairly float off the pages.” We love the whimsical rhyming text that reinforces the concepts of fractions and makes learning math fun!
Math-tastic factor: Three little pigs get their paws on some magic shapes, which they use to get themselves into rollicking mischief. Includes a section of hands-on problem solving activities that your students can undertake with their own set of tangrams (a modern version of a classic Chinese puzzle).
Math-tastic factor: Introduce your students to geometry with this multicultural story about the relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter.
Math-tastic factor: Five-year-old Matilda is a lovable math geek who is misunderstood and underappreciated by all of the adults in her world. It’s a dark tale, like most of Roald Dahl’s stories, but also extremely entertaining!
Math-tastic factor: This classic book, assigned for many elementary school and middle school English classes, can be a great resource for introducing students to some of the math concepts they’ll tackle in higher-level grades. Check out Brown University’s A Wrinkle in Time activity resources for math teachers page.
Math-tastic factor: For starters, the mathemagician! Who doesn’t love a ruler who is part mathematician and part magician? This is another great book for mixing math and literature