Tag: mathematics

7 Ate 9: a Mathematical Detective Tale

7 Ate 9: a Mathematical Detective Tale

Cindy: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story (2017) by Tara Lazar will have young readers adding up clues in order to understand 9’s mysterious disappearance. A panicked 6 awakens Detective Al F. Bet, snoozing at his desk, to tell him 9 is missing. Rumor has it that 7 ate 9—and 6 is sure that 7 is coming for him […]

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

Cindy: Children are often told not to play with their food, but don’t tell that to author/illustrator Juana Medina. 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book (2016) combines math and art, turning veggies into animals via black, squiggly lines. The fun starts with half an avocado: the pit becomes a nose, the fruit a deer. Two Radish Mice uses radish […]

Educational Reform is Easy! Just Use Picture Books

Educational Reform is Easy! Just Use Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: While shapes are a common subject for picture books, it is still a pleasure to find new ones that are both fun and instructive for young readers. If it were left to us, we’d throw out all the boring textbooks for the primary grades and stock them with fabulous picture books. See—educational reform […]

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Cindy:  I was cheering loudly when Navigating Early (Delacorte 2013) won a Printz Honor this year. It’s always fun to be in the audience at the announcement of the awards, and it’s even more fun when favorite books are honored. If you haven’t read Navigating Early, you are in for a treat. Thom Barthelmess provides […]

One + One = Two New Math Picture Books

One + One = Two New Math Picture Books

Lynn:  Math picture books are usually about counting so it is exciting to find two new picture books that introduce different aspects of counting and math to young readers. First up is Lifetime:  The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives (Chronicle 2013) by Lola M. Schaefer.  On the first page, Schaefer explains that “Lifetime shows how […]

A Girl Named Digit by Annabelle Monaghan

A Girl Named Digit by Annabelle Monaghan

Lynn: Seventeen-year-old Farrah Higgins is a math genius.  She can see math patterns instantly, topped the nation in math test scores and is heading to MIT in the fall.  Once nicknamed “Digit,” Farrah has spent her high school years hiding her gift, hanging with a popular and apparently brainless group and trying to be “normal.  […]

Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy

Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy

Cindy: WOW! It seems appropriate for a blog called Bookends to promote a book about symmetry! And the word WOW has three symmetrical letters and word symmetry as well! 🙂  Seeing Symmetry (Holiday House 2012) by Loreen Leedy is a boon to the sparse 510’s of the Dewey shelves but it has connections to language, nature, and […]

Swirl by Swirl:  Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Lynn: Talk about a dream team!  Caldecott winning illustrator Beth Krommes teams up again with Joyce Sidman, winner of three Newbery Honor medals in the exquisite Swirl By Swirl:  Spirals in Nature (Houghton 2011).  The result is just what you would expect – another brilliantly crafted book.  This time the subject is the ” spiral: […]

This Plus That by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This Plus That by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Lynn: I am sad to report that I am horrible at math – so horrible that the thought of anything even vaguely math-related is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat!  So the fact that I am writing about a book that has the word “equation” in the title should be a […]

Mindblind by Jennifer Roy

Mindblind by Jennifer Roy

Lynn: There is an irritating new rule about new book reserves at my public library.  Well, that is another story but because of that it sometimes it takes me a while to get my hands on a book and that is the case with Mindblind (Marshall Cavendish 2010)  I wanted to read this since I […]