What happens when an elephant builds a tower with blocks? Measurement and other mathematical concepts abound until… Crash! Boom! The structure falls apart. Dr. Herbert P. Ginsburg discusses this mathematically rich children’s book and the Mathical Prize that it won.
Interested in reading and learning about award-winning math storybooks for children? The Mathical Book Prize recognizes books that inspire readers to see math in the world around them. Selected by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the annual award honors outstanding fiction and nonfiction books written for all ages, from very young children through teenagers and even adults.
You can learn about all of the Mathical award winners on their website and read some interesting blog posts about Mathical book picks here.
I wrote one of these book reviews, commenting on a delightful story for young children about block building. Crash! Boom! A Math Tale, written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Chris Chatterton, involves many mathematical concepts and an elephant who thinks about them.
Read an excerpt from the blog post below, and view the full post here: