Math and Literacy

We have added some wonderful new Math Literacy titles to Overdrive! Take a look at these titles along with all of the many other math titles that we have added over the past few years. This is a great way to augment your regular math program and bring math alive! Though most of these titles are K-3 there are a few that apply to upper elementary students.

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Adventures in Mathopolis: Estimating and Measuring by Karen Ferrell (for ages 9-12)

Adventures in Mathopolis Series – All books in this series Elementary-level math becomes an exercise in fun when kids open this cartoon-illustrated fantasy. The story’s cast of characters includes Lostis Marbles, the mayor of Mathopolis, who loves numbers but usually gets them all mixed up . . . his assistant Trusty Dusty, who helps the mayor keep track of his math mix-ups . . . Mongrel Smith, the town’s stray dog . . . and two math superheroes, who use different methods to solve problems. The Superheroes are Elexus Estimator, who is quick at estimating volume, height, weight, and the like . . . and Maverick Measurer, who values accuracy above all else when making math calculations. A mysterious character shows up in town, and the problems he brings with him can be solved by applying math principles. The math Superheroes show young readers how—sometimes by estimating, and sometimes by making precise measurements. Students will enjoy the funny episodes as they encounter one math word problem after another. Meanwhile, they effortlessly learn to think, calculate, and come up with the right answers. The book is filled with amusing black and white illustrations.

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Eat your Math Homework by Ann McCallum (grades K-3)

This collection of yummy recipes and fun math facts is sure to tempt taste buds and make you hungry for more. Explore patterns in nature while you chomp on Fibonacci Stack Sticks. Amaze your friends with delicious Variable Pizza Pi! Wash down your geometry assignment with some Milk and Tangram Cookies. Topics covered include probability, Fibonacci numbers, tessellations, variability, and more.

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Grandma’s Button Box by Linda Williams Aber (grades K-3)

While Grandma was taking her morning walk, Kelly reached for Grandma’s button box. Crash! Buttons in every size, shape, and color flew everywhere! Could Kelly and her cousins have the buttons sorted and back in the button box before Grandma’s return?

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The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies (grades 4-8)

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent. (check out the sequels to The Lemonade War on Overdrive)

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The Math Wiz by Betsy Duffey (grades K-3)

Does “Math Wiz” have to equal “Sports Dud”?
Marty Malone thinks no problem is too complicated for him. Then he starts third grade—and learns that being a math wiz won’t stop him from getting picked last in gym class. Kids like tom Ballan are so much better at sports that Marty will never be able to catch up. Trying harder doesn’t work. Trying to get out of gym doesn’t work. But what if Marty makes a friend in class? And what if that friend is a math wiz, too?

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My Half Day by Doris Fisher (grades K-3)

The wacky fun continues as a young boy awakens to find a half-head of hair. After chugging down his glass of milk that’s two-thirds gooey paste, he and his friend are off to camp for a day of fraction fun and an out-of-this world soccer game. The first two books in the series, One Odd Day and My Even Day, won a Learning Magazine’s 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award for Children’s Books. As with the series’ other books, the imaginative illustrations are sure to please young readers as they scour the pages for countless oddities hidden in the art! The “For Creative Minds” learning section includes “Fractions Around Us” and “A Special Pizza” Party activities.

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One is a Drummer by Roseanne Thong (grades K-1)

This lively ebook shows that the world around us is filled with things to count. Three are the dim sum carts filled with yummy treats, eight are the candles on a birthday cake, and ten are the bamboo stalks growing in a garden. Many of the featured objects are Asian in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With brilliantly colored illustrations, an ear-pleasing text and an informative glossary, this truly multicultural book will make counting a fun part of every child’s day!

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One Minute Mysteries – 65 Short Mysteries You can Solve With Math! by Eric Yoder

These fun mysteries are each one minute long and have a unique twist—you need to tap into your mathematical wisdom to solve them.

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A Remainder of One by Elinor J. Princzes (grade K-3)

When the queen of her bugs demands that her army march in even lines, Private Joe divides the marchers into more and more lines so that he will not be left out of the parade.

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Sir Cumference and the Roundabout Battle by Cindy Neuschwander (grade K-3)

When Steward Edmund Rounds and Sir Cumference notice that there are strangers camped nearby, Rounds II decides to investigate despite being involved with the task of learning how to make accurate counts of the castle’s stores of food, supplies, and weaponry. When he reports back that an enemy is lying in wait, everyone moves quickly to defend the castle. But wait! Will Rounds II be able to figure out how many bows and arrows they have to create an appropriate battle plan? Using rounding techniques to figure out the totals more quickly, Rounds II is just in time to help stave off a potentially disastrous attack. (check out the other titles on Overdrive of Sir Cumference from Cindy Neuschwander as well)

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Toads and Tessellations by Sharon Morrisette (grades K-3)

Enzo, a bumbling young magician’s apprentice, is called upon to help the village shoemaker create twelve identical pairs of shoes from only one piece of leather. With help from his friends (and some lucky mishaps), he realizes that math, not magic, is the answer to his problems.

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A Very Improbable Story by Edward Einhorn (grades K-3)

Ethan wakes up one morning with a talking cat on his head. The cat refuses to budge until Ethan wins a game of probability.

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