Synopses & Reviews
"We want kids to feel about math the way they feel about dessert after dinner." —Laura Overdeck, Time magazine Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids everyday lives. In, Bedtime Math: This Time Its Personal, families will find fun, mischief-making math problems that kids cant wait to figure out. With over 100 math riddles on topics from pillow forts and and sneeze speeds to overfed pets and underwear, kids will find math isnt just fun, it can be found in their everyday lives. And with three different levels of challenge (Wee ones, Little kids, and Big kids), plus a brand-new Bonus question, theres something for everyone. Just as we all love stories before bedtime, families will find math is equally as fun and engaging. Many generations—kids and parents included—have been intimidated by math, but Bedtime Math is here to change all. We can make numbers fun, and change the world, one Bedtime Math puzzle at a time.
"With just the right amount of math and humor, Overdeck continues to present mathematical concepts in fun and easy-to-digest pieces that will simultaneously entertain and education young readers." - School Library Journal
Overdeck follows Bedtime Math with another winning fusion of math and mirth. . . . Paillot's cartoons bring an abundance of energy and comedy to the pages, whether he's drawing a toilet-paper mummy or a child soaking in a bathtub full of cheese puffs. It's a smart way to get kids thinking about the ways in which math is part of their daily lives. —Publishers Weekly on Bedtime Math 2
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"Overdeck debuts with a just-irreverent-enough book . . . . She shows that she knows her audience and loves her subject. Paillot (the My Weird School series) is a great choice for collaborator . . . he does it all with a good-hearted, goofy energy that should propel readers through the pages." —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Bedtime Math
“[This program] may have the potential to make bedtime math problems as loved as the bedtime story. . . . Hats off to Laura Overdeck. This project is a winner. A simple idea that may have as much of an impact on improving the science, technology, engineering and math interest in our children as many other well-funded programs.” —Wired/GeekDad
“We all know we should read to our kids. But even if bedtime stories are routine in your house, when's the last time you gave your kids a bedtime math problem? Probably never. And that's one reason American students might struggle in a future that requires mathematical literacy... Maybe if more children grew up doing bedtime math problems, those numbers would be different.” —USA Today
“Besides stopping the bad-mouthing of our own math skills and making sure that were distributing our numbers-related conversations equally among our sons and daughters, what can a parent do to increase “math awareness” in our everyday lives? How about a bedtime math problem? . . . [in Bedtime Math]They're meant to be solved in their heads, and to promote both giggles and mathematical thought.” —New York Times Motherlode Blog
From the fans . . .
“Thank you so much for Bedtime Math problems! My five year old is literally beggin for new ones. One math problem turn into many more each night. This is a fantastic idea!” —Calee L.
“My kids seriously clamor for this every night. Little story, little math, little thinking practice . . . LOVE IT.” —KJ Dell'Antonia, “Motherlode” blogger for The New York Times
“My boys (ages 7, 9, and 10) race to the table at bedtime with pieces of scrap paper. I actually used the threat last night, “If you don't get your teeth brushed in the next three minutes, no math tonight!” —Elisa K.
"We want kids to feel about math the way they feel about dessert after dinner." —Laura Overdeck, Time magazine
Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids everyday lives. We all know its wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often we hear the phrase, “Im just not good at math!” For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds math dry, intimidating, and just not cool. Bedtime Math wants to change all that.
This time, Bedtime Math is getting personal and talking all about Y.O.U. Inside this book, families will find fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle—math that isnt just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics from missing socks and glitter to your favorite wild pet and how fast you can run, kids will find math isnt just fun, it can be found in their everyday lives. And with three different levels of challenge (Wee ones, Little kids, and Big kids), plus a brand-new Bonus question, theres something for everyone. We can make numbers fun, and change the world, one Bedtime Math puzzle at a time.
About the Author
is the author of Bedtime Math
and Bedtime Math 2: This Time Its Personal
. Laura knows a thing or two about numbers. As a kid, she sat and memorized perfect squares for fun, before it was cool. And as a mom, she (along with her husband, John) decided to give their three children math problems alongside bedtime stories, and soon Bedtime Math was born. Laura holds a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. When not playing with numbers, Laura pursues her other interests, which include chocolate, wine, extreme gravity stunts, and LEGO Mindstorms. Find out more at bedtimemath.org.