Math concepts

boswell diagrams diagrams diagrams Math conceptsBoswell, Kelly Diagrams, Diagrams, Diagrams!
Gr. K–3
  32 pp. Capstone

Boswell, Kelly Timelines, Timelines, Timelines!
Gr. K–3  32 pp. Capstone

Displaying Information series. Bold color photographs and easy-to-understand texts explain how diagrams and timelines are used to impart information. The books cover the different types of and uses for these visual tools, from charting classmates’ birth order to sorting buttons. The photos feature friendly-looking children engaged in familiar activities. These are useful classroom resources. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Mathematics; Time

brockett 1 cookie 2 chairs 3 pairs Math conceptsBrockett, Jane 1 Cookie, 2 Chairs, 3 Pears: Numbers Everywhere
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Millbrook

Jane Brocket’s Clever Concepts series. “How many fruits in a row? How many socks in a box? That’s right, seven.” A chipper narrative encourages readers to count numbers one through twenty via gallery-quality color photographs. Brocket has an eye for finding her chosen numbers in fresh places (e.g., six flowers stitched into some fabric), but she’s not against setting the stage (e.g., a sixteen-cookie tower).
Subjects: Mathematics; Concept books—Counting books

neuschwander sir cumfernce and the off the charts dessert Math conceptsNeuschwander, Cindy Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert: A Math Adventure
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Charlesbridge

Illustrated by Wayne Geehan. In this pain-free math lesson, two bakers compete to determine who will provide the official sweet for the annual Harvest Faire; each tries out different counting systems to keep track of the votes. The slapstick-scattered, medieval-set acrylics anticipate the pleasingly atrocious puns. (Who knew that baker Pia of Chartres originated the pie chart and baker Bart Graf the bar graph?)
Subjects: Mathematics; Bakers and Baking; Competition; Mathematics—Graphs; Kings, queens, and rulers; Festivals

patel weve got your number Math conceptsPatel, Mukul We’ve Got Your Number
Gr. 4–6, middle school   96 pp. Kingfisher

Illustrated by Supriya Sahai. Patel conveys the excitement, beauty, and wonder of mathematics as “an art,” presenting the discipline as a search for patterns rather than calculation. Some of the concepts are quite advanced, but the examples, challenges, and puzzles will delight mathematically inclined readers. Bountiful illustrations and clever touches (e.g., hexadecimal-numbered pages) enhance the text as it moves from abstractions to applications. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Mathematics

weakland wacky comparisons Math conceptsWeakland, Mark and Jessica Gunderson Wacky Comparisons: Wacky Ways to Compare Size
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Capstone

Two lines of rhyming text combine with cartoonish digital illustrations to convey the concept of size. This book provides an entertaining perspective on measurement, from a bulldozer weighing as much as nineteen-thousand kittens to a T. rex’s height equaling thirty-six hot dogs. A text box includes measurements in English units with metric equivalents.
Subjects: Mathematics; Size

From the March 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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