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31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Math Books for Kids

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From shapes to biographies of mathematicians to novels unafraid to incorporate math into the plot (no mean feat, pardon the pun), here are the stand out mathy titles of 2018.

Review of the Day: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl By Stacy McAnulty Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 9781524767570 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The world would have us believe that the left brained and right brained amongst us can never see eye-to-eye. Think about it. How many times have you heard a perfectly intelligent person say […]

Fusenews: O my cabbage stalks, I must leave you behind!

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It’s been a while! You can tell when I’ve been flush with content because my Fusenews posts become a bit less frequent. But here we go. I’m back, and I just have so MUCH to tell you! Where to start, where to start . . . . I know! Let’s begin with everyone’s favorite subject. […]

Review of the Day: Nothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl Bardoe and Barbara McClintock

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Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain By Cheryl Bardoe Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Little, Brown and Co. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0316278201 On shelves June 12th I think we’ve done it. I think we’ve finally moved completely into a new era of biographical picture books. High time, says I! Gone are the days […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2017 Math Picture Books

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It’s almost unfair that I’m not including math for older readers on today’s list, but for that I think you’ll be best suited turning to the awesome Mathical Awards, given out each year. The Mathical Book Prize (given by a committee of math teachers, working mathematicians, and the occasional librarian like me) celebrates math in […]

Review of the Day: How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? by Laura Overdeck

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How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions By Laura Overdeck Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-07229-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Geez. How I ended up in this position I’ll never know. Me. A born and bred liberal arts major. The kind […]

Math Books for Kids: The Truth is Out There

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On Monday I gave two talks at the 2017 NerdCamp conference held in Parma, MI. This would be the second time I spoke at the conference and my talks probably couldn’t have been more diametrically opposed. The first was one of those slam dunk panels you hope for. I had the chance of moderating a […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2016 Math Picture Books

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God has a sense of humor. How else to explain the fact that for the past three or four years I have been a founding and contributing member of the Mathical Book Award committee?  Yep, each year I read a slew of math-related books for kids.  I do it because while I personally was not […]

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!

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Here in New York we’re getting very excited.  The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!!  And soon too!  Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]

Review of the Day: The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdős By Deborah Heiligman Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-59643-307-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves June 25th Make a beeline for your local library’s children’s biography section and learn firsthand the shocking truth about picture book bios of […]

Review of the Day: The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

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The Chicken Problem By Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86989-1 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. I was once in Prospect Park in Brooklyn when I passed a very small child wearing a porkpie hat running as fast as his chubby legs could carry him. Behind him his father yelled out (to […]

Fusenews: Answer – The Horse

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The laptop of my infinite sadness continues to remain broken which wrecks a certain special kind of havoc with my gray cells.  To distract myself, I plunge headlong into the silliest news of the week.  Let’s see if there’s anything here to console a battered Bird brain (something tells me that didn’t come out sounding […]

Review of the Day: How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

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How Many Jelly Beans?: A Giant Book of Giant Numbers! By Andrea Menotti Illustrated by Yancey Labat Chronicle Books $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-0206-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 29th Boy, I tell you. You get a kid and suddenly you find yourself scheming all these crazy schemes. “I’m going to get my kid to like vegetables!” […]

Review of the Day: Eat Your Math Homework by Ann McCallum

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Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds By Ann McCallum Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-779-0 Ages 7-11 On shelves July 1st. Cooking. Math. Not the usual subject matter for a kid browsing the library shelves (though I’ve admittedly had more than one kid ask me for cookbooks, so there’s that). Still […]

Review of the Day: Growing Patterns by Sarah C. Campbell

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Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature By Sarah C. Campbell Photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell Boyds Mills Press $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-752-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves now. One of the more interesting requests I receive at my library’s reference desk comes from parents seeking math books for their kids. Generally […]