Math Books for Children

Since its inception, Royal Fireworks Press has had a special concern for children interested in math. Many children have a natural affinity for and love of math, and the right materials can go a long way toward nurturing that love into a happy lifetime relationship. On the other hand, many children turn away from math when the texts and drill-and-practice worksheets become so boring that they choose to pursue other, more stimulating interests. Our objective is to provide materials with the emotional spark that will tempt children to pursue mathematical interests beyond the narrow confines of some curricula.

At the youngest levels, we challenge children with three volumes of Logic-Math Exercises for Children. The Awesum Alex series, written by Dr. Rachel McAnallen and Carol Ann Williams, is for mathematically curious children in the early years of elementary school. Bill McCandliss and Dr. Albert Watson produced the Problemoids set of math books for upper elementary students; these books seek to develop children’s problem-solving strategies. Educational Play: Math is designed to provide a series of games for families to play to encourage children to think of math as a fun challenge rather than a tedious worksheet chore.

As they arrive in middle school, children will enjoy Robert Black’s Mathematical Nights series, which cleverly weaves math problems into a series of novels about a seventh-grade girl who finds herself tasked with answering mathematically-based questions for a group of strange, paranormal creatures. And then there are the clever Math Verses with Twists, which presents 100 riddles written as poems to challenge students to think creatively about math problems.

As a special offering, Robert Black’s novel Night of the Paranormal Patterns, the first book in the Mathematical Nights series, is available as a series of dyslexia-friendly books that incorporates several special features to make it accessible to children with reading difficulties. The Night of the Paranormal Patterns Dyslexia Pack is part of the Lennie Miller Dyslexia Series.

For both middle and high school-age children, Robert Black’s Mathematical Lives series introduces children to some of the mathematicians who have helped to shape both mathematics and the world as we know it today. These biographies show the intersection between pure math and the humanity of how that math was discovered and how it evolved into forms and concepts that we now take for granted.

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