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Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late

(Bedtime Math #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives.

We all know it's wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often we hear the phrase, "I'm just not good at math!" For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a cu
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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Книжни Криле
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
„Математика за лека нощ”? Е, вярно, доста от нас сигурно са заспивали от скука в часовете по математика, но чак пък да я използват вместо приказка преди лягане... Обаче май се оказва, че дори и това е възможно! Но трябва да започнем днешното ревю с остра критика – заглавието на поредицата на Лора Овърдек и издателство „Софтпрес” е доста подвеждащо! Книжките „Математика за лека нощ” е всичко друго, но не и приспивни! Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an instant hit with my children and me. Because what do you know, math really does apply to real life! This book illustrated that fact in a fun way that got my children excited about math. The story topics were fact based and presented in kid entertaining appeal and illustrations. For example, in the "Tipping the Scales" narrative (pg22-23), it compared the biggest animal on land and sea .."African elephant weighs around 8,000 pounds, a blue whale weighs about 160 tons. A ton is 2,000 p ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bedtime Math is a fantastic educational book. My 6 year old daughter requests this book daily. The book is filled with short stories about unique and interesting facts. Each story has leveled word problems to go along with it.
Laura DeLuca
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bedtime Math is a fun book for kids with lots of interesting facts about many different sorts of things, all of which tie into mathematics. The first chapter is devoted to food. Learn interesting tidbits about popcorn, eggs squash and more. You read the info provided on the left hand side and on the right there is a math riddle to solve. There are three riddles provided for three different age groups so that kids from kindergarten through middle school can all feel challenged. The other chapter ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, parent-resource
This book can be great for sending home with students. Many parents in my field placement today ask for certain books and materials to be sent home with their child in order to practice math with them. This is such a difficult thing to do since we are not provided with math workbooks and such. A teacher should keep "Bedtime Math" in the classroom because it is a fun, engaging book you can send home with a student to have their parents read to them before bed.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, for-kids, math
This started as a blog, but I am so finicky about my email inbox that I unsubscribed from the email list! I am so thrilled to have spotted this book at the library and discovered that it is part of a series. My 6 year old loves this book, and my 9 year old helps solve the toughest problems.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every parent needs this book!
I had read good things about this book, but it ended up leaving me flat. Each page has a brief (non-fiction) story about some random thing---animals, space, whatever---on the left. And then on the right, it has three math questions, at different levels (for ‘wee ones,’ lLittle kids’, and ‘big kids.’ But there’s a certain sameness to the quetsions. I mean, I guess that’s just the way that you write problems for such young kids. There’s only so many ways you can ask about adding two 1-digit number ...more
Catherine Powell
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was skeptical that this book would get my 3 year old interested in math or that you could do math at bedtime. Henry loves the book and was engaged for the most part. It instilled confidence in him, he proudly talks about learning his math. He is doing simple math problems in his head now. I did use an abacus to help illustrate the concept of addition and subtraction. Already ordered the two other books in the series.
Jo Oehrlein
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the preface for the parents about how to normalize bedtime math. I also super agree with it being important to never say "I'm not good at math."

That said, the problems didn't seem that intriguing. Maybe the best part is inspiring parents to come up with their own problems based on toys and other things in the bedroom.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A HUGE hit with my younger kids!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is fun and it is a way to practice math, with three different levels, ranging from easiest to hardest. These problems were challenging for me!
Alyssa Galip
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loved how they had questions for the "wee ones, little kids and big kids." They incorporated animals and the images in the book are fun.
Laura Ward
Second Bedtime Math I read with Luke!
Heather W
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lives up to the description. You get a story and some math! Great for all ages because it has different level questions! My kids beg me to read this to them at night! Love it !
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun change of pace from a typical bedtime book. We would do several of these each night before we read a novel. I was surprised at how much my kids look forward to them.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, je
A fun way to practice math.
Ashley Adkins
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our boys, when they were 5 and 6 years old, were given this book as a gift and they loved it. Bedtime reading became very fun and a great challenge. This is a great book and would make a great gift!
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So simple yet so effective. My daughter now loves math. Just did 4 stories the first night but she woke up thinking about math.
Janet Luch
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
This math book has a short informational paragraph on one page and the facing page has three questions concerning the information in the paragraph. The questions are at different levels: Wee ones, Little kids, and Big kids. The questions are all appropriate for prek-elementary aged children. I really enjoyed the informational paragraphs and I think children would as well. Beyond that, the questions are often humorous in addition to encouraging children to think. For example, there is a paragraph ...more
Non-Fiction: Bedtime Math

Twin text:
Child, L. (2016). Absolutely one thing. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

My non-fiction text, Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck and illustrated by Jim Paillot, takes readers through various math situations drawn from real life facts and situations. The book contains different problems to solve based on age and ability levels. My fiction twin text, Absolutely One Thing by Lauren Child, tells the story of a brother and sister counting and solving basic math while o
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun collection of word problems that shows how math can be incorporated into bedtime fun. The math is simple and the examples are humorous. The illustrations by Jim Paillot are colorful and cartoonish and totally reminded our girls of his work on the My Weird School series.

I liked how the author, Laura Overdeck, explained how this book came into existence and her website ( that offers daily math topics and problems. I loved how science is often blended into the dif
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been excitedly waiting for this book to be published. Developed by an astrophysicist, this book is hot off the presses and extraordinary! I have been doing the math problems with my kids at bedtime from bedtime maths web-page and the daily e-mails that get sent to me for sometime now. Brilliant, brilliant concept. Amazingly put together, easily implemented. I've been telling my kids's teachers all about the web-page and the book. This book shows how fun math is. It promotes metal math abi ...more
Carol Covin
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Laura Overdeck started out as an astrophysicist, then went back to school for an MBA and started helping venture capital firms evaluate the business plans of startup companies. Then, she had three children. With her own background in math, it seemed only natural to tell her then 2-year-old bedtime math stories. Friends started asking her to write the stories down. She sent them out in an email to 10 selected friends, who passed them around to their friends, doubling and redoubling her list as sh ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Math problems instead of a bedtime story? Wait, don't run screaming from the room! Everyone loves a good bedtime story and you'll get some fun ones in this book. They are short, interesting, little informational paragraphs about things like ketchup, pancakes, helicopters and swimming pools. "Um...OK," you say while rolling your eyes. No, really! They ARE fun. And there's an added bonus a really easy (yes, very easy) but fun puzzle to solve at the end of the paragraph. Not only is the puzzle fun, ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My four-year old loves this book. "Let's do some bedtime maff!" While we teach children to love reading by reading with them every night, there really isn't anything similar for math. Enter Bedtime Math. It's a book full of simple and silly word problems. Each right-hand page has three problems relating to the little story on the opposite page. "Wee Ones" are single-digit addition and subtraction. "Little Kids" are adding and subtracting larger numbers, < and >, and simple multiplication a ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: math-numbers, age-6
Love the idea of this book, but would have loved more real facts and such. It seemed a little fluffy. And I didn't care for the food section....would have rather had it all about animals or nature (forget learning about hamburgers). Also not all of the pages are for my four year old...that's definitely a minimum age...maybe closer to seven would fit all the info Better, but I do like that it has three age level type questions per page. But I find that I can do the same things with any book (or s ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My first grader absolutely loved this book. It’s fun and puts math in a practical, real-world context. It has different levels of problems, so you can start simple for even preschoolers. My son sometimes needed help with the big kid category problems but it was great to see the moment when it clicked for him. I kept pencil and paper on hand so we could write out the problems when a little more explanation was necessary. We read typical books every night too, but honestly he would much rather do ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't actually read the whole book, but I did want to pass along the title for those of you with young children who might be interested in it. Check it out of your library and read the introduction and look at a few sample questions. I thought the concept of helping children to become more mathematically literate was a great idea, and the intro has good suggestions. I didn't love a lot of the problems, but they do give you a good idea on how to set up your own questions teaching children to l ...more
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