From @averyandaugustine ―
We’re all about math this month for #littlelitbookseries.
“Margaret Hamilton loved to solve problems. She came up with ideas no one had ever thought of before.”
Margaret’s childhood affinity for math and her innovative and inquisitive nature led her to deeper studies in algebra, geometry and calculus as she got older. She became involved in the nascent field of computer science, learned to code, coined the term “software engineering” and started working at NASA. She eventually became the director of software programming for the Apollo project and perhaps one of her most well-known contributions was helping to land astronauts safely on the moon in Apollo 11. Margaret Hamilton not only had a brilliant mind, but was a pioneer on so many levels. Her story is told in the enjoyable, engaging and inspiring Margaret and the Moon. We absolutely loved reading it and are great fans of Lucy Knisley’s art.
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing was written by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Lucy Knisley and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
From @bonjour_mes_amies —
This month's theme for #littlelitbookseries is centered around math. I was rummaging through my book bins of math stories and found this old gem. It reminded me of Goodnight Moon because of the muted colors and tiny little details on each page. It's a lyrical count down bedtime story which is short and sweet for your wee sleepy heads.
"You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem."
Here's another #littlelitbookseries recommendation for math stories! This book is a throwback to when I taught upper grade. It's such a FUN, hilarious, hook-you-in read aloud! Because math is everywhere whether you like it or not.
From @carterhiggins ―
Earlier in the summer, I thought I’d be spending back-to-school season in another state. Instead, I’m spending it just across town. My books are still in boxes (I’d post LOVE, TRIANGLE if I could find it!) so I headed out to my neighborhood library for the first time.
Is there anything better than getting a brand new library card?
HIDDEN FIGURES for young readers is a must-know tale of math, perseverance, and legacy.
INCHWORM AND A HALF was one of the first books I purchased for my first school library. I remember being upset that I ordered the wrong binding.
Stumbling on shelf surprises is my favorite thing as a reader. Having books on them is almost as exciting. Reading under a tree? Clearly my kind of place. Check out the rest of our #littlelitbookseries lineup for more favorites!
From @littlebooksbigworld —
The sun, the moon, raindrops, bubbles, berries, seeds... how many round objects can you find today? This lyrical book encourages us to stop and notice our surroundings. What a wonderful way to practice mindfulness with our littles!
Little Lit Book Series is posting books about math this month. Seeking out and noticing round objects is a simple way to introduce the concepts of identifying and classifying. Hello MATH, right?
From @live_read_write ―
This month, the #littlelitbookseries is all about math. Here’s a series featuring both number sense/math concepts and travel. Along with the Zills Family, readers will explore geometric solids in the pyramids of Egypt, sequence and patterns in South America, and capacity at culinary school in the City of Lights. Each book is a great blend of culture and math!
From @livingbythepagewithnatalie —
We are just discovering the Sir Cumference math books and they are so fun! 🤓 In this one, Sir Cumference turns into a dragon and his son Radius embarks on a quest to find the secret formula (‘pi') that will change him back into a human. I still struggle with the concept of pi (liberal arts girl through and through 📚☺️) so I loved that this was a clever and punny way to get a tricky abstract concept across. Perfect for Pi Day (March 14!) or anytime. I would say that this is probably best for ages 7 and up. The vivid illustrations kept my 4 year engaged for about half-way, but my 7 and 8 year olds loved it. I plan to re-read it every so often to reinforce the concepts (and I'm looking forward to having them measure the circumference of objects around the house to test 'pi' out for themselves, but it's a wonderful introduction to a mathematical concept that most kids learn at a much older age!). Written by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Wayne Geehan. Published by Charlesbridge in 1999.
From @ourbookbag ―
This month we are sharing books about math and I’ve been so excited to see what the rest of the crew have shared.
Numbers by Alain Gree is so much more than just a beautiful counting book! Each page offers a different opportunity to work with and think about numbers. From filling in missing numbers, counting by twos and introducing multiplication and division with food. This book has been so much fun to look through with both of my kids.
From @sunlitpages ―
A couple of years ago, we used to the pull out Bedtime Math around the dinner table and work on a problem or two. My three older boys were the perfect ages for it then. Each page presents a story problem (swipe through for an example) and then asks an easy, medium, and hard question related to it. Now Aaron and Maxwell have kind of moved beyond this, but I recently found How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane, which, as the title suggests, asks wild and bizarre questions and then answers them. I mean, haven’t you always wondered how many spider webs it would take to weigh the same as a banana? Well, now you’ll know.
From @writesinla —
It’s #littlelitbookseries time and this month’s theme is math! THE GIRL WITH A MIND FOR MATH (out today!!) is the rhyming biography of Raye Montague. She was smart. She loved boats. And she wanted to be an engineer. But she had every obstacle in her way as a black young woman. In college in the 50s, she wasn’t allowed to study engineering because of her race. Though she ended up working for the navy, it was as a typist. And she was discriminated against there too. She studied in her off time and finally, when her department needed plans for a big ship in a bind, she’s the one who drew them up. With a computer, something completely original! She completed “the world’s first ship design by computer in 18 hours and 26 minutes.”
“And finally, at last, she accomplished her dream/that title she’d worked for—an engineer! Scorrre!/Now the world knows her feats. She is hidden no more.”
Remarkable Raye truly shines and inspires in this story of her intellect and perseverance in the face of racism and sexism. In the afterword, she says: “We’ve made some progress, but we still have a long way to go...”