What’s the connection between teaching in a one-room school, sand-skiing in the United Arab Emirates, and writing books for children? To find out, please read on…
Ann McCallum grew up in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada. At her first ‘real’ job (pizza cook and waitress don’t count), she once crossed paths with a bear while teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She was happy to move to Maryland shortly after that experience! On the east coast now, she taught math while keeping tabs on much smaller animals: the local rabbit population (This helped to inspire her to write Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Sequence).
Up for another adventure, Ann and her family moved to the United Arab Emirates for a couple of years. She was happy to be somewhere with good skiing again—only this time it was on sand instead of snow (There were some terrific sand dunes behind her house). Here, Ann started work on her first book, The Secret Life of Math, which went on to win ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Book of the Year award (Williamson, 2005). Two math fairytales followed and then her latest effort and math book sensation: Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds (Charlesbridge, 2011). Currently, Ann is busy working on a novel … that has nothing to do with math! Ann has a Master of Education degree from the University of Maryland and lives in Maryland where she is also a teacher and mom to two amazing children. They, and her better half, Rich, keep her happy and busy.
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Ann McCallum's Books
NEW! Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez (Charlesbridge, 2011) It’s after school. It’s a beautiful day, but you’re stuck inside with a bulging backpack full of homework. There’s no escape … or is there? Could homework ever be actually fun? Especially math homework? Here’s what people are saying about Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds: From Kirkus Reviews: “A yummy way to get parents and kids to more deeply understand math… and spend some time together in the kitchen.”
From ChopChop Magazine: “With lessons/recipes for Fibonacci Snack Sticks and Probability Trail Mix, you’ll eat well and learn something in the process. I know I did.”
From Califon Book Shop, NJ: “In Ann McCallum’s new book, ‘Eat Your Math Homework’ children, along with their parents, will delight in knowing all those math skills will come in handy and that the kitchen is the perfect place to taste test them. With Leeza Hernandez’s wonderful and lively illustrations, this book makes math funny and tasty—no dull knives here.”
Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale
Illustrated by Gideon Kendall (Charlesbridge, 2007)
Rabbits are crunching the cabbages. And munching the beans. Some people blame the wizard on the hill, but what does he have to do with their problem? The town simply has too many rabbits and there are more each day. Can the town hero, the Pied Piper, whisk away the bothersome bunnies? Or is a clear-thinking child the only one who can help? The power of the Fibonacci pattern proves that sometimes you don’t have to pay the piper.
Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant
Illustrated by James Balkovek (Charlesbridge, 2006)
Jack climbs the beanstalk and finds a new friend. But, the friend is a giant who is five times his height! They try to play ball, but the ball is almost as big as Jack. Jack’s games are perfect for him, but are too small for the giant. How can the two ever play together? When Jack invites his new friend home, he realizes how big the problem is. Can a 4-foot boy and a 20-foot giant really be friends?
The Secret Life of Math
Illustrated by Carolyn McIntyre Norton (Williamson, 2005)
Discover how (and why) numbers have survived from the cave dwellers to us! Add to that an even greater question: How is that math was developed in such amazingly similar ways by distant peoples who had no communication with one another?!
In this book, you can: create and use a colorful quipu from Peru take the abacus challenge write and do math using cuneiform and hieroglyphics mark math’s progress with a counting ball and tokens
Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Gold Book of the Year Award