Five surprising places where you’ll find maths for Years 3-4

Whether your child likes sports, colouring in, animals, or solving mysteries - each of these five books has something maths-related for them to think about. In this reading list, your child will discover that if we pay attention, maths can be found everywhere!

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08 March 2021

 
 
 

Ada Lace, On The Case

Written by Tamson Weston and Emily Calandrelli, and Illustrated by Renee Kurill

Ada Lace is a resourceful eight-year-old with a knack for using science and maths to help her solve mysteries! In this fictional instalment of her adventures, Ada and her neighbour have to work together to solve a dognapping incident in New York. You can use this novel - and the other stories in the series - to inspire your child to find maths in surprising places.   

 
 
 

Secret Coders

Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Mike Holmes

This graphic novel series incorporates coding and logic puzzles into its clever plots concerning mysteries at a school. If your child is interested in learning to code and problem solving, these books and their related activities may be a fun way for them to continue developing their mathematical skills.

 
 
 

Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World

Written by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton and illustrated by Spike Gerrell

Do you live with a budding soccer superstar? Or are they just a massive fan of the sport? Then this series will be right up their alley! It’ll also help support mathematical skills and understanding at the same time. These true stories explore maths, science and history, accompanied by funny drawings and jokes that are bound to get your child thinking differently.

 
 
 

Wild Fibonacci

Written by Joy N. Hulme and illustrated by Carol Schwartz

Your child can find the most amazing patterns in nature… if they know where to look! Using this book, they’ll learn about the Fibonacci sequence and how it appears in the petals of flowers and how a bird’s beak grows - two things that seemingly have no connection. This book will help you hunt for Fibonacci at the beach, in the paddock, in the garden and on your way to the shops!

 
 
 

Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty

Written by Alex Bellos and Edmund Harriss, and illustrated by Edmund Harriss

Do you live with a budding artist? Did you know you can use colouring-in to explore the beauty of mathematical patterns? This colouring-in book includes ready-made patterns and instructions for your child to make patterns of their own.