Non-Fiction Picture Books with Math Concepts
My 2nd grader bought these books home from her school library yesterday and I pounced on them. Apparently, there were three available, but she was only able to check out two. These books combine a really interesting, behind-the-scenes-at-the-zoo, rescue story about a zoo animal baby and marries it with a mathematical concept. These books are perfect for grades 2-5.
Polar Bear Math: Learning About Fractions from Klondike and Snow is the story about two polar bear cubs abandoned by their mother at the Denver Zoo and their fight for survival AND about fractions.
Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger is the story about a tiger born at the Denver Zoo whose mama tiger unexpectedly dies of cancer when he’s just a cub AND about graphing.
The author, Ann Whitehead Nagda, has an interesting background. She has a degree in mathematics and worked for IBM. She travels widely around the world then becomes a docent at the Denver Zoo and starts cranking out these books. She seems like a really interesting person; I’d love to have her as my neighbor!
Here are her other books:
Cheetah Math: Learning about Division from Baby Cheetahs
Panda Math: Learning About Subtraction from Hua Mei and Mei Sheng
Chimp Math: Learning About Time from a Baby Chimpanzee
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