Thursday, August 30, 2012

Novels with Math Content

When a science teacher asked me for book recommendations and I decided to make it a post to share with my fellow teachers, it made me remember a couple of years ago when a math teacher made the same request. This made me want to share that list as well.

This list is was originally a list for a 6th grade teacher to use as read alouds and/or independent reading, but as I have worked on expanding it, it has grown to include books for older and younger students. I didn't include many picture books though there are tons of math picture books. I tried to stay with 4th and up.

Novels with Math Content
This list contains books that I recommended to her and have read as well as books that I added this week because of  research and with the help of some friends on Twitter

  The Writing on the Wall (Do The Math, #2)  Uses math to describe human relationships and events
Sticks   "Math whiz" friend, Geometry in pool, Gallileo
An Abundance of Katherines  Theorems, Functions, Graphs
The Phantom Tollbooth  Mathematical land
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  Protagonist with autism who is passionate about mathematics
Gifted  Protagonist uses math in her everyday life
Hannah, Divided  Mathematical instincts, Talented mathematician 
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure  A boy meets the number devil in his dreams and explores math with him
Math Doesn't Suck  Kiss My Math  Hot X: Algebra Exposed!  Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape  Nonfiction  (Series) Math concepts, Math vocabulary
The Shadow Guests  Aunt mathematician
The Wright 3  Codes, Fibonacci sequence
Geek High (Geek High, #1)  (Series) Protagonist with mathematical talents
School. Hasn't This Gone on Long Enough? (Dear Dumb Diary, Year 2 #1)  (Series) Protagonist hates math
The Rapture of the Nerds  Vinge singularity
A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)  Tesseract, Dimensions
Evil Genius (Genius, #1)  Characters with mathematical talents
Claudia and the Middle School Mystery (The Baby-Sitters Club, #40)  (Series) Claudia struggles with math in all of the books, this one it is the focus
Saraswati's Way  Mathematically talented boy looking for a math tutor to expand his knowledge
Math Curse  Fun math "problems"
Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers  Mathematical land filled with mathematical concepts and math history
The Square Root of Murder (P.C. Hawke Mysteries, #5) Math equation is a clue in a murder
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics Geometry 
Lawn Boy Stocks, Payroll

What other titles would you add to this list?

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