Bedtime Math, A fun Excuse to Stay Up Late Q&A
Recently I wrote a review on Bedtime Math, a Fun Excuse to Stay up Late, by Laura Overdeck. I had the opportunity to ask the author some questions about the book. Here are my questions and her answers.
1. Do you have any suggestions on using this book with older kids? Any modifications?
2. Do you plan on coming out with a Bedtime Math 2?
3. Do you plan on coming out with other Bedtime Math books for different subjects?
For those who haven’t met us, Bedtime Math’s whole mission is to get kids to love math at a young age so they become capable adults. For a year we’ve been posting a fun, silly math problem daily on our website, and then in June Macmillan published my first book, Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay up Late. It’s the same type of mischief-making math from the website, but with full-color illustrations (and a glow-in-the-dark cover, for those who haven’t yet peeked at it with the lights out!). As with the website, all of these math riddles can be just as entertaining for older kids if you just tinker a bit. You can swap in bigger numbers (more digits), or more numbers in total (e.g. remembering three numbers to add instead of two), or unit conversions (give the answer in inches instead of feet and inches). Or you can do an entirely different operation, like division instead of multiplication. The artwork definitely aims a bit older, as do the topics themselves, and that was very much by design: little kids still love it, because they always like to feel like they’re doing big-kid stuff, but the content keeps the big kids engaged, too.
The great news is, this book is part of a three-book series! The second one, Bedtime Math: This Time It’s Personal will be coming out in spring of 2014. That one will really bring it home to kids and their daily lives by focusing on the personal – everything from body parts to feats of strength and speed to table manners. We’ve been pondering topics for the third and possibly even more books beyond that. in short, kids will enjoy math more if it ties in with objects and events in their daily lives and particularly in their playtime routines. We hope that every book, just like every math problem on the website, will succeed in getting kids to find math endearing and appealing.
Website link: www.bedtimemath.org
Laura Overdeck, Author, Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 2013)