Math Books for Fun: Money, Fractions, and Measuring

Last Week’s post, Go Figure! Math Books for Fun, had lots of books that showed the fun side of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Today’s post is all about money, fractions, and measuring. 



 

 Follow
the Money!
 by Loreen Leedy

A quarter
starts out at the U.S. mint, where it was made. It ends up at a bank, where it
was kept in a roll of quarters. A man buys the roll and uses it to buy
groceries. From there, the quarter goes on many new adventures. This is a
terrific look at a day in the life of a quarter.


Money
Matters
 by Sean Callery (sorry, no link)

This book
has all sorts of interesting information about money – its history, how it’s
changed, ways to use it and other things. It’s broken into short chapters and
has lots of pictures.


 The Lion’s Share: A
Tale of Halving Cake and Eating It, Too
by
Matthew McElligott

A lion
invites his friends for a special spring dinner. When it’s time for cake, the
elephant takes half of it. Then the rhino takes half of that (1/4), and the
gorilla takes half of that (1/8)… and so on. The ant is left with just crumbs,
and nothing to share with the lion. She has a solution, but then the other
animals add theirs. The illustrations of the rude animals are great.

 

 Full
House: An Invitation to Fractions
 by Dayle
Ann Dodds, illustrated by Abby Carter

Miss Bloom
runs the Strawberry Inn. She has 5 guest rooms, plus one for herself. As each
guest comes in, there is a new fraction: first guest = 1/6, second guest = 2/6
and so on. The guests are interesting and there’s a strawberry cake to cut into
fractions.

 

 Whole-y
Cow! Fractions are Fun
 by Taryn Souders, illustrated by
Tatjana Mai-Wyss

I am a
little amazed by this book. It shows fractions and the whole is a perfectly
clear and fun way. A cow is painted half blue, wears a red, white and blue
swimsuit, eats ice cream, catches butterflies, and more. This is a beautifully
written and illustrated book.

 

 How
Big is a Foot?
 by Rolf Myller

The king
wants to give the queen a bed for her birthday. But how big should it be? The
clever king figured out a way to measure that might have worked, but didn’t.
How will the bed maker figure out how to solve the problem. This is an early
reader book.

 

 Super Sand Castle Saturday by Stuart J. Murphy, illustrated by
Julia Gorton

Three kids
engage in a sand castle contest for the tallest tower, the deepest moat, and
the longest wall. They figure out the winners but then discover they’d been
measuring all wrong. This is a simple and summery introduction to standard
measurement.

 

 Mighty Maddie by Stuart J. Murphy

Maddie has
to clean up her toys before her friends come to celebrate her birthday. She
calls on her “Super Maddie” alter ego to get the job done. This is a basic
story about weight – heavy, light, heavier, and lighter.

 

 Counting on Frank by Rod Clement

Frank has a
math mind and it’s going all the time. He doesn’t just think up math questions,
he answers them. Like, How many Franks
(his dog) would fit in his room?
or How
long would it take to fill the entire bathroom with water?
(Don’t try this
at home!) In the end there are math questions to consider yourself.

 

 The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy, illustrated by Lynne Cravath

Jessie is at the school fair and really wants to get her face painted. But instead of the 50 cents she needs, she has only 39 cents. No problem, the face painted asks anyone to add their extra pennies to the penny pot. This is a good story about counting money and being generous with your money.


This last
book is not about money, fractions, or measuring but it’s quite clever and
(warning) tricky!

 Edgar
Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
  by
J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Michael Slack

A perfect
book for poetry and math lovers! The author took famous poems (The Raven by Poe, Boa Constrictor by Silverstein, and 12 others) and switched them up
into math riddles. Hard! Fun!

 

 I’m sure to have left out one of your favorite books on money, gractions, and measuring. Please add it to the Comments Box!

Gail


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