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Children's Nonfiction Humorous

Hungry for Math

Poems to Munch On

by (author) Kari-Lynn Winters & Lori Sherritt-Fleming

illustrated by Peggy Collins

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Dec 2014
Humorous, General
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming team up again for another poetry collection for young readers with the emphasis on math concepts including measuring time, patterns, counting, symmetry, numbers, shapes, estimating and more!

He was hungry for math, always ready to munch.
Math for his breakfast, math for his lunch.He'd pig out on pie charts and bar graphs galore,binge on skip-counting, and still ask for more.Shapes — he discovered — were less filling fare.He'd taste test a rhombus, sparing room for a square.He'd devour the dollars atop his dessert,then slurp on the coins he'd slopped on his shirt.At night, in the dark, he'd gnaw on base ten,toss back some clocks, and crunch numbers again.

About the authors

Kari-Lynn Winters is the author of Jeffrey and Sloth (2007), a picture book about the daunting task of overcoming writer's block, and The Meaning Maker, a children's play about reading strategies which is currently being toured throughout the Lower Mainland. A graduate of Canada's National Theatre School, she is currently performing with a Vancouver children's theatre group, The Tickle Trunk Players.

Kari has taught a range of students in Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary, intermediate, high school, and now university teacher education.

She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Language and Literacy Department at UBC. Her research interests are children's literature, print literacy, and multimodal forms of learning.

Kari's website is

Kari-Lynn Winters' profile page

Lori Sherritt-Fleming is a natural and accomplished author, educator and performer. Her first picture book was aRHYTHMetic, published in 2009. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Peggy Collins is a graphic designer and an award-winning children’s book author-illustrator with more than 35 titles to her name, including Harley the Hero, Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On, In the Snow, and In the Garden. Peggy teaches animation at Loyalist College as well as illustration and drawing at St. Lawrence College. She has also written and illustrated for animated apps teaching math, indigenous history, and education. Peggy lives in Newburgh, Ontario with her two children.


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Editorial Reviews

"Each poem is short and upbeat, illustrating how numbers and math can be used in different ways. Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On is both entertaining and educational."

"Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On is a whimsical children's picturebook of math-themed poetry. Wild-and-crazy color artwork vivaciously illustrates these zany ditties about counting, shapes, patterns, and more. . . A playful way to celebrate thinking about numbers, Hungry for Math is a welcome addition to school and library children's picturebook collections."
Midwest Book Review

"Perfect for a read aloud or as part of a theme study."
Canadian Teacher Magazine

"Back material contains a glossary of twelve math words that are referenced either directly or indirectly in the poems. Reading these poems (some of which are interactive) would be a good way to sneak some math into a day."
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"Math concepts are humourously and colourfully integrated into poetry for children. . . The math concepts and the poems are best suited for children age 5 to 9. Hungry for Math would be a good selection for home libraries where parents and guardians are looking for something different than traditional stories for their collections. My children were drawn to the book's vibrant and fun illustrations and wanted me to read the book to them right away. Hungry for Math would also make an excellent read-aloud or shared reading in the classroom setting. Teachers wanting to integrate Language Arts into Mathematics could pick and choose poems in the book as they teach a particular math concept. The poems are fun and catchy and would be excellent to reread several times over a unit of study in Mathematics.
Highly Recommended."
CM Magazine

"Little ones will want to count the assortment of delectables, determine the banana leaves needed to cover the treasure and learn to skip count in 2s or 5s, especially with Peggy Collins' fun characters, human and non, to accompany them along the way. Kids won't even know they're learning. That adds up to a book full of promise."
CanLit for LittleCanadians

"This book is highly recommended for its successful integration of important mathematics with fun, rhythmic language and attractive, educationally useful graphics."
SB&F (Science Books & Films)

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