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Arithmechicks Add Up: A Math Story By Ann Marie Stephens

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  Back of Book:
As the Arithmechicks slide down the slide, swing on the swings, and play hide-and-seek, they don’t realize that a lonely mouse is copying them, longing to join in. However, when their basketball becomes stuck, the chicks discover that a two-inch-tall new friend is exactly what they need. In this heartwarming story, there are many ways to add up ten cheerful chicks–but a new friend is what makes them cheer.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Boyds Mills Press in exchange for an honest review.
I am always searching for picture books that I can incorporate into my math lessons. Arithmechicks is such a terrific story to teach students about addition and grouping. I can see using this book in a variety of whole group lessons.  I also love that this story has a second lesson in it about friendship and allowing everyone to join in the game. Ann Marie is an elementary teacher and it shows in her creation of this book. She created a story that will meet math standards and teach children social and emotional skills in the same lesson. The illustrations by Jia Liu are bright and full of color. Readers will fall in love with this story and want to hear it over and over again.
32 Pages
Ages 5 an up

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The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague

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Back of Book:
After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted―finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.
My Review:
Anytime I pick up a book by Julia Finley Mosca I know that I am going to learn about an important piece history. I love that Julia has a passion to share great female scientists with a new generation of readers. Raye Montague was a true pioneer in the field of submarines. She never let what others thought or said affect her work or her determination to do her best.

The rhyming scheme of the text is honest and powerful! The illustrations are detailed and allow readers to see blueprints of the submarines. They tie the story together beautifully.
The back of the book has fantastic information about Raye. Including facts and tidbits from the authors chat with Raye, a detailed timeline, color photos, and more information about Rayes amazing accomplishments.
This is an excellent book to incorporate into any STEM or STEAM unit. I look forward to seeing what else Julia in mind for her readers.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Perfect Square by Michael Hall

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Back of Book:
A perfect square is transformed in this adventure story that will transport you far beyond the four equal sides of this square book.
My Review:
The first time I heard about this book I was at a writer’s workshop. I knew that I needed this book in my classroom. Perfect square is an excellent book to use for any STEM or math unit. The book begins with a perfect square with four matching corners and four equal sides. Then the square was cut into pieces and changed into something different. As the story continues, the square is turned to many different images, one for every day of the week. Each image is unique and shows readers all the different things that a simple square can be turned into. The illustrations have bright colors that draw readers attention to the different ways the square is broken up. I am so glad that this book was a part of the Scholastic lineup this year. The ways that a teacher can use this book are endless. It can be used for lessons on geometry, music, art, writing, perspective, figurative language and many more. Michael Hall created a book that allows readers to open their minds to many possibilities!
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry

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Back of Book:
The Zills family is summoned to Egypt to help find the hidden burial chamber of an ancient pharaoh. But when Matt and Bibi get trapped in the pharaoh’s pyramid, they stumble upon an even bigger mystery. With only each other, their dog Riley, and the geometric hieroglyphics on the walls to help them, the twins must use their math skills to locate the burial chamber―and the way out. Luckily, Matt and Bibi know their stuff when it comes to geometric solids, and so will the readers of this adventure in math!
My Review:
I am such a fan of finding a picture book where I can combine subjects. Mummy Math is a great story to discuss geometry and Egypt. My students loved following Matt and Bibi as they explored the Pharaohs tomb. I loved that my students were learning all about solid shapes. The illustrations are fun and clearly show readers the different shapes which include cubes, cylinders, cones, sphere, pyramid, tetrahedron, rectangle prism, and triangular prism. There is a note in the back of the book that shares with teachers, and parents how this book can be used. It also gives ideas of ways that the shapes can be used. A great story to read along any shape unit.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman

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Back of Book:
Did you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees? And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants? Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth. Can you imagine that many of anything?
My Review:
This is a wonderful story to read to children about the concept of estimation. The pages are filled with numbers about the stars in the sky, and trees on the earth. This is an excellent book to give to children who ask lots of questions. I love the creativeness of this story Seth Fishman did a terrific job of taking a simple concept like estimation and making it a beautiful picture book. The illustrations in this book are different from most I have seen. I love the diversity in each picture. All children are represented in these illustrations. This is one of those books that should be in every school and library.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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7 Ate 9 By Tara Lazar

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Back of Book:
6 has a problem.
Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.

It’s odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?

My Review:

This is a great book to introduce mystery genera to a classroom. Children will love reading about the private I who is investigating the mystery of how 7 ate 9. This book is filled with math puns and jokes that are on each page of the story. Readers will enjoy following Private I as he figures out what happens to number 9. Lazar is a fantastic author and her concept is quite brilliant. MacDonald is a talented author, who brings the numbers to life. This is a story that can be used for multiple unit studies. I can see myself using this as a writing prompt for my students. I highly recommend this story.
Ages 7 and up
32 Pages

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Let’s Estimate: A Book About Estimating and Rounding Numbers By David Adler

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Back of Book: How much pizza do you need for a dinosaur party? If you don’t know exactly, you have to estimate! This lively introduction to the mathematical concept of estimation is straightforward and fun. David A. Adler explains what an estimate is and the difference between estimating and rounding. Edward Miller’s colorful and energetic artwork offers the perfect accompaniment to a concise, engaging text. Filled with simple examples and explanations, Let’s Estimate will have kids estimating like pros!

My Review
Teaching math can sometimes be difficult. Students don’t always understand the concepts. When I heard about Let’s Estimate I got very excited. Anytime children get to talk about dinosaurs, and pizza they get excited! David Adler is a very talented author who I able to write in a very clear and engaging way. The book gives the definition of estimation, and then goes on to explain how to do it. Each page teaches readers about a new step. Such as what rounding is and how to accomplish it. It breaks down how to round to 100s, 10s and ones. This is not just a book about math. It is a true teaching tool.  The illustrations are full of bright colors and draw readers into the story as they follow the dinosaurs through the math problems.   I wish that this book was around when I was in school. As a teacher, I am thrilled to see something as neat as this book available to readers.
Ages 8 and up
32 Pages

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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code By Laurie Wallmark

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Back of Book:

An ace inventor, groundbreaker, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations

 

My Review:

I am so excited to be reviewing this truly unique, and one of a kind picture book. I had never heard of Grace Hopper before and was amazed by her work. Grace was a young woman who was not afraid to try new ideas. She loved to learn, and she loved math. It led her to becoming a programmer for the Navy and working on some of the very first computers. As a teacher, I think is a must for every school library. With an increase in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) learning in classrooms, the importance of learning about great female scientists has increased.  I found this story to be a missing part of children’s literature. The illustrations are engaging, and draw readers in.  I love how Laurie spent the time to discusses each aspect of Graces productive life. I think this story is definitely a must read.

48 Pages

Ages 6 and up

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos By Deborah Heiligman

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Back of Book:

Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made “Uncle Paul” a great man.

My Review:

In honor of Pi Day I wanted to read a story that was about math. This was easier said than done. Then I found The Boy Who Loved Math. This is a well written story about one brilliant man’s love of all things mathematical.  The story follows the Paul Erodos from the ag of 4 to his death. It discusses his love of numbers and creating equations. It also discusses the issues that he faced with completing simple tasks like buttering his bread. My students enjoyed learning about a man who loved numbers so much.

Ages 5 and up

48 Pages

 

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See Inside Math by Alex Frith

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Back of Book: Lift the flaps in this amazing book to discover just how fascinating math can be

My Review: If you have never heard of the Usborne Book Co then please google it and fall in love with these amazing teaching resources. The See Inside Math book has 86 flaps for students to look through and each one asks a different mathematical question.  It has a Table of Contents in the front that explains what is inside the book. This book has an explanation of math and the different symbols that math uses.  This is a fun and colorful book that I believe children will not only learn from but also enjoy.

Ages 8 and up

16 Pages.