Five people who used maths to change the world – for Kindy

The visionaries at the centre of these stories tested boundaries and changed the world! Enjoy these five inspirational books with your child, sharing stories with them about maths that can be used to make a difference.

07 March 2021


On A Beam Of Light: A Story Of Albert Einstein

Written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Einstein reportedly said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. This sweet and inspiring picture book tells his story: A young boy with an endless fascination for the world around him, who overcomes challenges and refuses to give up on problems. The story of Einstein reminds us that sometimes, when you persevere with maths, you can use it to help change the world.


Ada Lovelace

Written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician, daughter of poet Lord Byron and ‘the princess of parallelograms’. At the age of 12, Ada wrote a book about planes and as she grew up, she married her love of logic and poetry to develop the world's first computer program. This book series shares stories about inspiring and interesting historical figures to help the next generation think about how they might change the world.


Kid Innovators

Written by Robin Stevenson and illustrated by Allison Steinfeld

This collection of stories shows how many well-known innovators started out as kid innovators. There’ll be no shortage of inspiration with this diverse group of inventors and trailblazers from fields of technology, education, business, science, art, and entertainment…all of whom needed maths to help them innovate!


This Little Explorer: A Pioneer Primer

Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Daniel Roode

Introduce your pioneer-in-training to ten of the most influential explorers that ever lived with this bright and colourful picture book. From Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus to Marco Polo and Amelia Earhart, these tales will help inspire your child to explore, and show them how mathematics underpins all of these amazing feats of human adventure.


Alan Turing

Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Ashling Lindsay

The ultimate problem solver, Alan Turing is often called the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence! Not a bad title, eh? With beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that bring Alan’s story to life. This book from the Little People, Big Dreams series tells the story of a shy boy with a keen interest for numbers who eventually went on to crack the code of the Enigma Machine. A must-read for any child who fancies curious problems, mysteries and or a little code-cracking!