Literature Anthology: Fun Books to Introduce Math and Science Concepts to Junior Learners

Sasha Savvy Loves to Code by Sasha Ariel Alston

This is the story of Sasha Savvy and she has to make a choice about what summer camp she wants to go to. She thinks coding will be boring but decides she will enroll and gets her best friend to come along too.  Sasha’s mom, who was the one trying to convince her to go to coding camp is also a software developer and gives her tips and tricks that she can use at camp but with all the joys of camp, like bugs and big mistakes, the reader is left wondering if she will make it through the summer. 

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

This is a fun story about a home-schooled math whiz trying to get by in middle school. The story celebrates Lucy’s love for math shapes and the unique way she sees the world. Lucy also struggles with OCD. As Lucy goes to middle school she meets mean girls and a challenging teacher. The story is also about friendships, and the many challenges that other kids face as well as her relationship with her grandma and uncle who are her closest family since her mom died and her father abandoned the family.

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

This book is about a student whose life gets turned upside down when their teacher (Mrs. Fibonacci) says, “You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem.” This ends up being the curse that drives the story. The next day, everything turns into a math problem. The character begins to see math problems in everything that they do.  Each normal everyday situation turns into an algebra problem, something to do with fractions, or probability, even situations having to do with money or time pop up. Eventually the curse is broken but the character is now able to solve any math problem. Kids can see how math is everywhere and its not as scary as it might seem.

Anno’s Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno

This is the story of Jack who is given some magic seeds so that he can be self sufficient by eating one and planting the others.  As the story progresses, Jack continues to eat and plant seeds until he decides one year to plant both seeds. The reader is tasked with trying to figure out how much as grown and what will happen next. The story gets more and more complex as he gets married and has a family and begins to save some seeds and sell the others.  One day a hurricane wipes out his trees and he has to start again. What happens next? Not, only is this a story about being self sufficient its also about agriculture and business and how wonderful growing things can be.

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss

Trash Revolution by Erica Fyvie

This book examines the life cycle of stuff, how some stuff is harvested, then distributed, consumed and then what happens? It goes in the garbage or gets recycled. Using what kids might find in their backpacks as a guide into inquiry, the author details where everyday items that kids use come from and what happens to them in an effort to use and develop critical thinking skills to help kids make informed choices about what they buy and consume. Kids also learn that they have choices and that they can have a positive impact on the planet. The Author uses everyday objects to speak directly to children’s curiosity and their desire to make a difference. Using pictures and chunking, the author makes difficult information easier to understand. Some topics that are covered include energy, climate, innovations, and sustainability.

Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are two best friends that live in space. This comic book tells the story of two very different friends who have to solve big problems together, even though they don’t think the same.  The book is full of a variety of characters that create an inclusive portrayal of space and the galaxy beyond.  When the three headed cat they mistakenly created gets loose they have to figure out how to save their planet. The book boasts some fun and creative drawings and a really fun story that highlights inclusivity and the beauty of not all being the same.

Hungry for Math by Kari-Lynn and Lori Sherritt-Fleming

This book uses poetry to open up conversations around math concepts like measuring time, patterns, counting, symmetry, numbers, shapes, estimating and more!  Not only can students explore math concepts, but they can make real world connections about how poetry can be used to convey ideas and meanings as well as a way to express their thoughts using language, and various poetic devices.  A great book for cross-curricular exploration

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharpe Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh

This book shares the story of Marie Tharp, a girl was always fascinated by the ocean and who wanted to do something no one had ever done before: map the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Although she wasn’t sure if she could do it, she wanted to try. Throughout her life and journey Marie faces lots of adversity, including some failures and discrimination because she was a woman. She never gave up and was determined to succeed.  Eventually she became the first person to chart the ocean floor.

The Great Number Rumble by Cora Lee and Gillian O’Reilly

This is the story of Jeremy O and his friend Sam who is really into math, even if its not cool. When the town they live in bans math Sam is tasked with trying to convince everyone including Jeremy that math is useful and fun.  The book has lots of pictures and illustrations that show how important math is in our everyday lives.  Readers get a glimpse into how math applies to music, nature and art through various fictional narratives that present themselves in the story.

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