SWC Picture Books and Numeracy


Using Picture Books to Inspire Children to Explore Mathematics more Deeply

The Boy Who Loved Math

Heiligman, Deborah

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But 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.


Edgar Allan Poe's pie : math puzzlers in classic poems

Lewis, J. Patrick

Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It's all that and more. The poet J. Patrick Lewis has reimagined classic poems--such as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" and Langston Hughes's "April Rain Song"--and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodies and the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles, they won't guess they're learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, and engaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts, poetry and poet biographies--it's all so cleverly put together. This funny book is a treat for fans of words and numbers alike.

Math curse (Gr 1-5)

Scieszka, Jon

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse. A great book for teaching kids that math is everywhere.

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Fractions in disguise : a math adventure
Einhorn, Edward (Edward Arthur)

When a valuable fraction goes missing, George Cornelius Factor (a.k.a. GCF) vows to track it down. Knowing that the villainous Dr. Brok likes to disguise his ill-begotten fractions, GCF invents a Reducer—a tool that strips away the disguise, reducing the fraction and revealing its true form. Equal parts of action and humor add up to a wholly entertaining introduction to simplifying fractions.
The grapes of math : mind-stretching math riddles
Tang, Greg.

Picture puzzles accompanied by clues in verse encourage readers to embark on some inspired problem solving. Each riddle and an illustration are set on a two-page spread. The goofy rhymes set a humorous tone. Through patterns, grouping, and creative thinking, the problems to be solved will have children adding, subtracting, and multiplying. Throughout, Tang sneaks in useful visual strategies that can be used in solving other computation problems.

Math appeal (K-3)
Tang, Greg

In this follow-up to The Grapes of Math, Greg Tang underscores the importance of four basic rules in problem-solving: keeping an open mind, looking for unusual number combinations, using multiple skills (like subtracting to add), and looking for patterns. These skills will guarantee any child success in math. In Math Appeal, Tang continues to challenge kids with his innovative approach to math.

Teaching Geometry

Bailey, Gerry

Leo teaches his cat Pallas all about spheres by applying his knowledge of geometry to their Stone Age world. Entertaining illustrations and stories provide a fun introduction to math concepts, including radius, circumference, and diameter.

Bailey, Gerry

Leo teaches his cat Pallas all about lines by applying his knowledge of geometry to their Stone Age world. Funny illustrations and stories provide a humorous introduction to math concepts, explaining the significance of points and how many points together make up lines and segments.

Bailey, Gerry

Leo teaches his cat Pallas all about squares by applying his knowledge of geometry to their Stone Age world. Funny illustrations and stories provide a humorous introduction to math concept, and explain how squares are applied in the natural and designed world.

Bailey, Gerry

Leo teaches his cat Pallas all about triangles by applying his knowledge of geometry to their Stone Age world. Entertaining illustrations and stories provide a fun introduction to math concepts. Each story explores real applications of triangles in the natural and designed world.

Math Around the World
Sullivan, Erin Ann

Find out about the relationship between math and geometry by using map words to learn how to locate places on a map.

Grade 5 Integrated Math

A math journey through the human body

Rooney, Anne.

Readers go on a mission inside the human body in this fun book that teaches math topics such as bar charts, percentages, averages and fractions. Math puzzles and exercises help children use their math skills to check their diet, test their strength, and chart their growth.

Human body math
Ash, Sullivan Erin

Find out about the human body by using math to investigate how the body's organs and systems function.

Graphic Novels and Numeracy

The hundred-dollar robber : a mystery with money
Thielbar, Melinda.

Somebody has stolen money from the soccer team. Everyone thinks Tom, the team's big bully, did it, but he says it wasn't him. Should Adam, Amy, Joy, and Sam believe him and help? They will have to figure out how much money was stolen - and also why! the kids work with dollars and cents to find . . . the Hundred-Dollar Robber.

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The kung fu puzzle : a mystery with time and temperature
Thielbar, Melinda.

Is what Adam and Tom overhear true? Is Sifu Faiza is selling the kung fu school? And can they find a way to change her mind in time? All the kids get together to help, but theyll have to figure out a mysterious puzzle about hours, minutes, and temperature to find the unexpected solution in The Kung Fu Puzzle.
The lost key : a mystery with whole numbers
Thielbar, Melinda.

At Sifu Faiza's Kung Fu School, kids learn to be strong and fast. They also learn to be smart, cool-headed, and honest. So Joy, Adam, Sam, and Amy are surprised when the key to the school is stolen - as well as all their kung fu gear. Now they'll have to use all kinds of calculations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division - to figure out the clues, follow the thieves, and find . . . the Lost Key.

The secret ghost : a mystery with distance and measurement
Thielbar, Melinda.

Sam's little sister Michelle thinks there's a ghost in the creepy old house their dad bought. with help from a couple of friends on the soccer team, Sam, Amy, and Michelle use an old ghost story - plus measuring tools and calculations for distance, volume, and perimeters - to figure out the truth behind . . . the Secret Ghost.