Welcome to the Northeast Neighborhood Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. In honor of Summer Reading Fizz, Boom, Read, let's take a look at where to find great math nonfiction. Math concepts for kids can be found in lots of different sections in the library. The list below offers five Dewey call numbers (need a Dewey refresher?) to browse in the kids' nonfiction section with an example from each. This list was originally was created for a friend of mine who was studying to be an elementary math teacher.
330 Money & counting books
A Smart Girl's Guide, Money: How to Make It, Save It, and Spend It by Nancy Holyoke ; illustrated by Brigette Barrager
510 Math (Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic, Probability, Statistics, etc.)
Shapes in Math, Science and Nature: Squares, Triangles and Circles by Catherine Sheldrick Ross, illustrated by Bill Slavin
Browse the “510” section for many nonfiction Math books. They are subdivided by topic (algebra, geometry, etc) rather than age level. You should see workbooks that border on textbooks in this section.
Explore the three basic shapes in math and nature and their implications/applications. Mathematical history is included along with child friendly activities that demonstrate the principles described and can be done with simple at hand materials.
Built to Last by David Macaulay.
Architecture is a great way to explore math concepts in the everyday world in a practical and artistic way.
Reveals the how and why behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created
|795 Games of Chance
How Baseball Managers Use Math by John C. Bertoletti
This is where “games of chance” (sounds like a Soap Opera, right?) books are categorized. Here you could find books that deal with mathematical concepts of probability and statistics in the context of card games or gambling.
Professional baseball players rely on their managers' math skills to win games. Learn how they use math to calculate scores and create game strategies.
The Boy Who Loved Math: the Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
Biographies help kids see the possibilities of using math in one's on life.
This great biography is illustrated with numbers of all kinds, demonstrations of the work Erdos did with prime numbers, proofs, a geometrical puzzle, and even a graphic representation of connections between him and 20th-century mathematicians around the world.