Living Math Books

15 Jul

Ages ago I promised to provide a list of the Living Math titles that live in my bookshelves.  Well I’ve finally completed the list.  It’s not an exhaustive list by any means as there are soooo many Math books available.  These are just the ones that have caught my eye and found a way into my home….so far!

And so the list begins…..


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A Very Improbable Story

– probability and odds,

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Cut Down to Size At High Noon

– creating to scale; doesn’t use metric measurements

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A Place For Zero

– multiplying and adding zero, factors and products

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Equal Shmequal

– what is ‘equal’ using a see-saw

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– auctions, division, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure

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Patterns In Peru

– identifying patterns and sequences

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Mummy Math

– 3D shapes and their characteristics

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Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream

– usefulness of multiplication; opportunities to multiply in the illustrations

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Pastry School in Paris

– measuring capacity in both standard and metric

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The King’s Chessboard

– square numbers

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Nine O’Clock Lullaby

– different times around the world

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One Hundred Hungry Ants

– different groupings to make 100

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A Remainder of One

– remainders, odd one out

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Multiplying Menace

– multiplying by whole numbers and fractions

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The Multiplying Menace Divides

– division by whole numbers and fractions; dividing by zero

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Millions to Measure

– measurement of length, weights and volume; include both systems of measurement

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Go, Fractions!

– Fractions

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The Great Graph Contest

– graphing examples and  data to use to create graphs; comic form which is not useful for reading aloud

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– lots of graphing examples and data to graph

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Is a Blue Whale The Biggest Thing There Is?

– large size comparisons starting with the blue whale and moving up to the universe

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What’s Smaller Than A Pygmy Shrew?

– small size comparisons starting with a pgymy shrew and moving down to molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, neutrons and quarks

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Can You Count To A Googol?

– visual representation of large numbers

– One of our absolute favourites!

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On Beyond a Million

– very large numbers; lots of facts that include large numbers; introduces a googolplex and other large numeral words; includes powers of ten; older audience preferable

– Beware:  Evolutionary content but the book is so good in other ways we overlooked that inaccuracy

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How Much Is A Million?

– representation of large numbers and comparisons


Sir Cumference Series:

These books also have nice lapbooks that you can purchase from Live and Learn Press.

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Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

– 2D shapes; introduces the term radius, diameter and circumference

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Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

– circles and pi

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Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone

– 3D shapes; Euler’s law

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Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens

– place value up to 1000s

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Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter

– circumference and area of the circle

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Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland

– angles (right angles, acute, obtuse)

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The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

– the story of how Eratosthenes figured out the circumference of the earth

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Blockhead:  The Life of Fibonacci

– Fibonacci’s life

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Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere

– rabbits that breed according to the Fibonacci sequence

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What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?

– Pythagorean theorem

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Pythagoras and the Ratios

– mathematical relationship/ratio to harmonious sound

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Mathematicians Are People, Too

– Information about 15 different mathematicians (volume 2)

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The Warlord’s Puzzle

– Tangrams

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The Warlord’s Fish

– compass directions

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Math Potatoes

– number combinations to add without counting; slightly harder

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Math Fables

– number combinations to add without counting

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Math For All Seasons

– number combinations to add without counting

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The Grapes of Math

– number combinations to add without counting

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Think of a Number

– all sort of number concepts

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– all sorts of number concepts

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Show Me The Money

– money and finances

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The Great Number Rumble

– identifies Math all around us; older audience; longer chapter book


If you have any other recommendations I’m all ears.


Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Mathematics, My Library


2 responses to “Living Math Books

  1. April

    July 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Wow! An outstanding selection of books… Where do you live again? I think I’ll stop by and ‘borrow’ a few 🙂 I own some of those titles but only last week I ordered a couple more. The Greedy Triangle, Math Curse, Apple Fractions, Give Me Half…

  2. Tracey

    July 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    If you lived close I would happily lend them to you. 🙂


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