Math. I was never great at it. In fact, for a while math homework brought me to tears. Now, I watch my daughter face the same struggle. I am determined to break the cycle. Math is just another way to understand our world. Luckily, there are some authors who do a much better job than I do of making that clear.
Greg Tang has written eight books that the library has which all are about math. He has books of riddles and fables. While they have different illustrators, one thing that they all have in common is bright pictures.
Another author and illustrator who has been instrumental is Loreen Leedy. The library carries nine of her books. Every book focuses on just one math topic, like addition or fractions, so that kids can tailor their reading to exactly what they want to know.
While Brian B. Cleary has books about other topics, there are four, illustrated by Brian Gable, which each concentrate on a particular aspect of math. These stories feature simple math problems.
Laura Overstreet also has two books that have a place in this movement. Each page has a brief bit of information accompanied by easy, medium, and hard math problems. That way, kids can get in the habit of using math that connects to real life and build confidence as they solve the question at a level that is right for them.
Another great habit to get into is doing a little bit of math every day. This is the idea behind www.bedtimemath.org.
We are often afraid of what we don’t know. If I can make math accessible and fun for my daughter, she will be able to approach it with a better attitude than I ever could muster. Growing courage-- isn’t that what books are for?
About the Author
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for eleven years. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.