Support math skills the sneaky way — with books!
Paula Willey of the Baltimore Sun wrote a great article on books that parents and educators can use to support children’s development of mathematical thinking, while still being a fun read! Children’s author Jon Scieszka, a Mathical Book Prize selection committee co-chair, shared his thoughts on the importance of such stories.
“In the same way that you get better at reading by practicing reading, you get better at mathematical thinking by practicing mathematical thinking,” says children’s book author Jon Scieszka, a former teacher. “No one ever says, ‘Oh, I’m just not good at words.’ So no one should ever say, ‘I’m not really good at math.'” Scieszka’s book “Math Curse” pokes fun at word problems and slips arithmetic challenges into its jokes.
You’ll find some of our Mathical Award Winners and Honor Books on the list, as well as more titles deserving a closer look!