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Math reads for you and the kids

School's here and it's time to embrace something that you tried to forget about all summer: math homework. Get yourself (and your child) ready for the mathemagical year to come with these exciting and fun math reads.

For the Kids (K-6th Grade)

Seeing Symmetry by Lauren Leedy
Leedy's brightly illustrated book introduces young children to the concept of symmetry, which children can then apply and recognize in the outside world. An excellent choice for families who are interested in architecture, nature, art and any other field in which symmetry can be observed

That's A Possibility by Bruce Goldstone
Statistics and probabilities can be key tools as children grow for them to navigate their expectations of the world around them and to make decisions. This wonderfully illustrated picture book introduces these concepts in an enjoyable and approachable method. 

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck
This excellent series of books includes a paragraph long story on each page spread as well as a leveled math question. Once you finish the books, you can download the bedtime math or mini math mobile app for free to keep the nightly tradition going with your child. The first book of the three is also available in Spanish.

Sir Cumference by Cindy Neuschwander
The five books in the Sir Cumference collection tackle geometry, fractions and rounding through a picture book fairy tale format. If you're looking for a way to slip in some math unbeknownst to your child, give these a try!

For Adults

See Ya Later Calculator by Portable Press
We all love shortcuts and hacks! Here are some math tricks that will give you a better grip on concepts and make your kid wonder "How did you know that?"

The Math Behind... by Colin Beveridge
When you've helped with too much math homework and you're left wondering existentially on how math is even useful, this is the book for you. Beveridge goes through real world situations and hypotheticals exploring the math behind them, answering questions from "How far can you fall and survive?" to "How can I find the best lane for check out at the supermarket?"

Fluke by Joseph Mazur
What are the odds? This fascinating read looks at the world of bizarre coincidences to figure out mathematical probabilities of distinct events happening. If you've ever wondered how likely it is for someone in the same room as you to share your birthday, this is the book for you. 

Beyond Infinity by Eugenia Cheng
It can be hard to visualize large numbers, and even more so when that numerical concept is infinity. Dr. Cheng uses a witty writing style to help people explore infinity through relevant examples and figures.