November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review of the Day: How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? by Laura Overdeck

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions By Laura Overdeck Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-07229-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Geez. How I ended up in this position I’ll never know. Me. A born and bred liberal arts major. The kind […]

Math Books for Kids: The Truth is Out There

On Monday I gave two talks at the 2017 NerdCamp conference held in Parma, MI. This would be the second time I spoke at the conference and my talks probably couldn’t have been more diametrically opposed. The first was one of those slam dunk panels you hope for. I had the chance of moderating a […]

Technology, Pure and Simple: General Science | Series Nonfiction

Black holes, drones, and prehistoric beasts…oh my! A wondrous exploration of STEM fields awaits.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2016 Math Picture Books

God has a sense of humor. How else to explain the fact that for the past three or four years I have been a founding and contributing member of the Mathical Book Award committee?  Yep, each year I read a slew of math-related books for kids.  I do it because while I personally was not […]

A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps

Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making

Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Want to Start a STEM Program? Assess Your Community Needs First

Resisting the urge to jump right in to creating a STEM program is smart. Here are three great examples to illustrate what you should do instead.

“Osmo Numbers” Wants to Make Learning Math more Fun

If any subject could use a more dynamic, hands-on approach, it’s math. Enter Osmo Numbers. With this latest game for the Osmo platform, users position physical number tiles in front of an iPad to solve math problems.

Pixar in a box

This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media teachers, and young filmmakers as well. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school […]

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!

Here in New York we’re getting very excited.  The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!!  And soon too!  Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]

Of Machines & Mathematics: STEM | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

There’s plenty of food for thought here for readers with a STEM bent, from information on loud, fast vehicles to the invention of tools to contemporary computer technology.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

An Elegant Proof: ‘Incredible Numbers’ on the iPad | Touch and Go

“Math is Beautiful” states Ian Stewart, and along with the production team at Touch Press, he delivers an elegant proof of that claim in ‘Incredible Numbers,’ a visual exploration of mathematical concepts.

Marvelous Math Books for PreK and Up

School Library Journal “First Steps” columnist Lisa G. Kropp suggests a wealth of whimsical math-focused titles, featuring everything from robots to toucans to poems by Edgar Allan Poe.

Check Out the Math: One Elementary School’s Library-Based Math Program

Nancy Jo Lambert, librarian at the Ruth Borchardt Elementary School in Plano, TX, created a unique program that connects her school library’s statistics with her students’ classroom math in a fun way. Find out how she did it—and why her students now clamor for this monthly program.

Picture Books + Math Concepts = Learning Fun

Vibrant illustrations, illuminating representations of basic math concepts, and dynamic storytelling add up to offerings that entertain as they educate.