The Literature Link: Math



Read -Alouds for All Ages

Axelrod, Amy.  Pigs Will Be Pigs. Simon & Schuster, 1994. Math exercises combine with food and fun when the Pigs  must order within their budget from the mouthwatering menu at the Enchanted Enchilada Restaurant.

Birch, David. The King's Chessboard (Puffin Books, 1993) When a wise man refuses to accept a reward for his service to the king, the king insists and so the wise man asks for a payment of rice for each square of the king's chessboard, the amount to be doubled each day.

Demi.  One Grain of Rice, A Mathematical Folktale (Scholastic, 1997)  When offered a reward for a good deed, Rani asks only for one grain of rice, doubled each day for 30 days. A clever girl outsmarts a greedy raja in this beautifully illustrated Indian folktale

Hulme, Joy. Sea Squares (Hyperion, 1993)  Rhyming text and illustrations of such sea animals as whales, gulls, clown fish, and squid provide opportunities to practice counting and squaring numbers from one to ten.

Myller, Rolf. How Big is a Foot? (Yearling Books, 1991) Use this fairy tale to introduce measurement. It enables students to see that there is a need for a standard unit of measure in the world.

Neuschwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure  (Charlesbridge Publishing, 1997) Combining geometry with Arthurian legend, this tale describes the origin of the famous Round Table. Assisted by his knight, Sir Cumference, and using ideas offered by his wife and son, King Arthur finds the perfect shape.
 
Pinczes, Elinor J.. A Remainder of One  (Houghton Mifflin, 1995)  A squadron of twenty-five bugs parades first in two rows, then three, and then four, always leaving poor Joe as a remainder of one and displeasing the queen. Joe does not give up, though, and he is finally included when the bugs march in five rows.

Schwartz, David. If You Made A Million  (Lothrup, Lee& Shephard, 1987)  Marvelossimo, the Mathematical Magician,  explains for children the nuts and bolts--as well as the mystery and wonder--of earning money.

Scieszka, Jon. The Math Curse  (Viking , 1995)  The math curse begins when the narrator's teacher suggests that almost everything can be thought of as a math problem. This is an amusing book about dealing with numbers in everyday life.