Book Review and Giveaway: Bedtime Math – A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late


Bedtime Math A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late (Macmillan Children's), by Laura Overdeck and Jim Paillot

I received the upcoming Bedtime Math book for review on my dad blog. I love the idea behind the book, which is to teach kids to love math. As parents, we all read bedtime stories to our kids. As a result, children love books. But what about math? Shouldn’t we read them mathtime stories too? That’s the premise of the book. Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late was written by Laura Overdeck and Jim Paillot. The hardcover book will be available June 25, 2013. It is intended for children ages 3-8. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s, you can win this excellent book on my blog.

The Bedtime Math book includes over one hundred kid-friendly stories. Each story features math problems for three skill levels: wee ones, little kids, and big kids. There isn’t an age range or grade associated with the math levels. The authors wanted to avoid specific ages or grade levels. Just choose the challenge level that you think your children can handle.

The book is organized around five chapters:

  1. Exploding Food
  2. Wild Pets
  3. Extreme Vehicles
  4. Sports You Shouldn’t Try at Home
  5. Really Odd Jobs

The emphasis of the book is nighttime, but you can actually read the book to your kids any time during the day. On another note, I want to mention that answers to the questions are posted on each page. In addition, on the last page of the book is a little guide that shows you how to figure out the answers.

Here are some examples of math questions asked in the book:

  1. Wee ones: If a roller coaster has five big drops and one loop-de-loop, how many chances to scream will you get?
  2. Little kids: If your roller coaster car holds 12 people, and half of them are screaming after the first drop, how many people are screaming?
  3. Big kids: If the fastest roller coaster goes 150 miles an hour, and the fastest you’ve been driven in a car on the road is 80 miles an hour, how much faster does the coaster go?
  1. Wee ones: Cheetahs typically eat only once every three days. If you feed your pet cheetah on a Sunday, how many more times will it have eaten by the next Sunday?
  2. Little kids: If a cheetah runs 60 miles an hour, and you’re driving your car at 70 miles an hour, by how many miles an hour are you barely staying ahead?
  3. Big kids: Suppose your pet cheetah runs 75 miles an hour all the time. If you could ride your pet cheetah to school, and you normally drive there at 25 miles an hour, how many times as fast would the cheetah bring you there?

BTW, this week, libraries and bookstores across the country will be celebrating the release of the new book by hosting Bedtime Math Pajama Parties. The free, family-friendly events are aimed at children ages 3-8 year and their parents. PJ Week Parties will include a variety of math-inspired games and activities. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas and be ready to play. Head over to the PJ Week Parties page for locations.

Bedtime Math Giveaway
Thanks to Macmillan Children’s, a reader of my dad blog will win a Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late book. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Tuesday, July 2nd (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).

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[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by Macmillan Children’s, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. I received a book for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]


21 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway: Bedtime Math – A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late

  1. I do not currently have kids but I have one on the way. I am already trying to instill a love of math to the wee little one in the womb by tapping Fibonacci sequence on my wife’s belly. But, when the child is in school I will definitely help him/her (still do not know) since I have a MA in Mathematics.

  2. M first grader is actually wonderful with math & loves it, while I always struggled with math….I do help him with his homework, but I have a feeling he’ll be teaching me a thing or two in the years to come. :)

  3. I helped w/math until they surpassed me in my knowledge of math….College Calc for the high school junior?

  4. If they get stuck I give them alternate ways to think about the problem and how to solve. I never give them the answer.

  5. My youngest is homeschooled and a bit older. As I am not too great at math, but I do have a very smart daughter, she is the one that helps him with his math homework!

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