A magical math book is a book that inspires wonder, excitement, and/or delight for both reader and listener.
The Charlesbridge Storytelling Math series brings the magic once again. This time with their four board book collection by author/illustrator Grace Lin spanning four seasons. Up To My Knees explores the measurement of sunflowers planted in spring, Circle, Sphere explores the bubble shapes popping in the summer sun, What Will Fit? involves collecting and comparing fall harvest items and The Last Marshmallow explores how to share on a cold winter day.
Published in 2020, Lia & Luís: Who Has More? by Ana Crespo and Giovana Medeiros offers a fresh story for an all-too-common situation: Sibling rivalry!
Written by Sara Levine and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, The Animals Would Not Sleep! tells the story of Marco's bedtime woes. Marco must pick up his stuffed animals before bed. However, the stuffed animals are not happy with how Marco has sorted them into their baskets. Marco explores different sorts in the hopes everyone can peacefully go to bed.
Published in 2014 by Pearson Education, Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know was written by The Early Math Collaborative, a division of the Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL. Launched in 2007, The Early Math Collaborative works to "increase the quality of early math education through professional development, research, and providing resources related to foundational mathematics – what it is, how it develops in children, and how best to teach it."
For those still out searching for gifts, here some magical math books featured on our blog this year and toy/game pairings.
This sweet story follows Sam's journey to becoming the shape that suits him best. Is it a circle? A square? Or some shape in between? Nichols's bright, cheerful illustrations are the perfect complement to Jackson's heart-warming story. Published in September 2019 by Page Street Kids, My Shape is Sam is a perfect fit for ages 3-6.
In the past 3 years, I've shared many math books with my children. We've found magic in 48 of these books. I've learned much from these amazing authors and illustrators and watching my children interact with their books. In addition to writing this blog, I've been writing picture book manuscripts and dreaming of publishing magical math books of my own. And in this post, I share my writing for the first time on this blog.