4 Books that Make Maths Fun

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Making Maths Count is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage greater enthusiasm for maths amongst children and young people, their parents and carers and the wider public.  The Government has established an expert group to take work forward with members drawn from education, business and communications.
 
Group members have suggested the following Making Maths Count reading list to help encourage positive attitudes to maths:
 
From Zero to Ten – Vivian French

Discover where numbers came from, from the first counting machine (fingers), pebble markers (or calculus in Latin), and Incan knot-tying to the development of our modern counting system originating in India in 776 C.E. (which took suspicious Europeans 500 years to adopt!) 

From Zero to Ten is an entertaining and easy-to-understand introduction to the only truly universal language in the world - numbers - and related concepts such as trade, money, measurement, time, and even lucky numbers.

Murderous Maths series – Kjartan Poskitt

Bring maths to life with this series of books from Kjartan Poskitt and illustrator Philip Reeve. From basic arithmetic to trigonometry, these books cover a variety of mathematics concepts using fun facts and clever tricks.

The Toothpaste Millionaire – Jean Merrill

Rufus Mayflower doesn't set out to become a millionaire. He just wants to save on toothpaste. Betting he can make a gallon of his own for the same price as one tube from the store, Rufus develops a step-by-step production plan with help from his good friend Kate MacKinstrey. This fun, breezy story contains many real-life mathematical problems which the characters must solve to succeed in their budding business.

The Math Wiz – Betsy Duffey

Marty Malone thinks no problem is too complicated for him. Then he starts third grade--and learns that being a math wiz won't stop him from getting picked last in gym class. Kids like tom Ballan are so much better at sports that Marty will never be able to catch up. Trying harder doesn't work. Trying to get out of gym doesn't work. But what if Marty makes a friend in class? And what if that friend is a math wiz, too? Includes black-and-white illustrations by Jan Palmer.
 
Find out more about Making Maths Count by visiting the website and read how Kjartan Poskitt is making maths fun (including an impressive maths trick at the end!) You can also get in contact via Twitter @mathsscot

 

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