While looking for some STEM books for kids, I came across the Bedtime Math series by Laura Overdeck. There are three books in her math series, but I initially only ordered one of them, just to give it a try.
Soon after, I ordered the other two books in the series. Shhh, don’t tell her, but she will be getting them for Christmas. I guarantee she will be pumped!
The first of the three STEM books we ordered from Amazon was Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late. The other two are called Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out and Bedtime Math: This Time It’s Personal.
STEM Books for Preschoolers
Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Bedtime Math Series)My daughter is a big-time book reader, so Bedtime Math provides us with a nice way to introduce her to STEM-oriented topics.
Here’s why we love Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late:
~Fun, engaging anecdotes to get kids excited about the math problems.
~Three ability levels of story problems on each page.
~Bright, colorful images to draw kids in.
~STEM oriented to help improve math skills.
~Covers diverse topics for varied interests.
Inside Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late
Each of the books is split up into themed chapters, and each chapter has a math problem on every other page. On the page opposite the math problems, there is a quick anecdote about the topic of the math problem. The anecdotes are both educational and silly, which is exactly why my daughter loves them. The colorful cartoonish illustrations don’t hurt, either!
On the page opposite the anecdotes, there are three math story problems: One for “wee ones,” one for “little kids,” and one for “big kids.” Obviously, the problems get more difficult as you go up in age, which is one reason why I really love these books. We will be able to use them for a long time as my daughter’s math skills increase and grow.
Reasons To Love STEM Books for Kids
And make no mistake, I’ve already seen her math skills improve since we got the first of these books. My daughter is a preschooler, so she’s working on the wee ones problems, which are all addition and subtraction. (The problems for older kids are filled with multiplication, division, and even some basic algebra.)
As we read the story problems, we are able to hold up our fingers to help solve the math problem, and at the end we count up how many fingers we are holding up in order to find the answer.
OK, I’ll admit it. One of the reasons I love these kids STEM books so much is this: I get to spend time each night snuggling close with my daughter, all while watching her curiosity grow as she improves her math skills. Also, the books are a nice size, so they fit in my purse, meaning I can bring the book with me in order to entertain her if needed.
These books have about 85 pages total, which equates to about 120 math problems. There isn’t a shortage of math work in this book! The answers to each problem are all upside down on the page, and there also is an answer key on the last page of the book. Additionally, all of the books I purchased are hardcover, so they’re pretty durable.
All in all, I have been really happy with the purchase of these books, and I think they’re probably some of the best STEM books for kids out there.
Do you have any favorite STEM books for your kids? Please share in the comments below!
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