You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey. Not only is the art in this book breathtaking, but it’s all based on scientific fact. We are all made from atoms that contain particles of stars that exploded long before we ever walked this earth. But despite being made of stars, we are all connected to the Earth in a million minute ways. The best part of reading this book is when your child inevitably asks, “Is this all true?,” being able to answer, “Yes. Absolutely.”

For the littlest nerds, the My Little Geek board books are a great way to get your baby prepped for preschool. Forget alligators, apples, books and balls — this book is more about A is for Android and B is for Binary. Written by Andrew and Sara Spear – bona fide nerd parents in their own right, there’s also Sci-Fi Shapes and Nerdy Numbers to complete the trilogy. Because we all love a good trilogy, right?

On A Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne. What was it that made Albert Einstein such a genius? The key is imagination. The story of how young Albert went from being a child who barely spoke to the greatest thinker of all time is inspiring to young and old alike. It’s a way of looking at the world, and noticing the details. The smallest ideas can lead to the biggest concepts of the world around us, and change the way we see things.

Rosie Revere, Engineer – through little Rosie, Andrea Beaty teaches kids something that’s the most common and important part of life: failure. In order to be a successful engineer, you have to accept that at some point, you’re going to fail. But you’ll learn from that failure and move on to create something even better — something that you wouldn’t have been able to create had you not crashed and burned at least once in the process. She’s also the author of the wonderful Iggy Peck, Architect – a book that teaches kids to follow their passions no matter what (or who) gets in your way.

Math Doesn’t Suck – Danica McKellar’s book is aimed at middle school girls, but it’s a lesson all of us can learn. How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m not good at Math?” Would you ever say “I’m not good at reading.”? Math is everywhere, not just something reserved for the hallowed halls of academia. Though, to be fair, McKellar is a math genius – she’s even got a proof named after her. Which makes her the perfect person to remind our tweens, especially girls, that Math can be fun! Take a look at Math Bites, her show here on the Nerdist network, and you’ll see how fun math can be. Here’s Danica doing the “Dance of the Sugar Pi Fairy.”

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Actually, pancakes would taste pretty good right now. You got syrup?

Follow Danica on Twitter! And watch all the episodes of *Math Bites* here! While you’re at it, buy Danica’s books here, because they’re good.

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Really, if jokes, baseball, puppets with a limited number of fingers, and two song parodies don’t get you to understand the concept, nothing will.

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Are you digging *Math Bites* so far? Be sure to subscribe to the Nerdist Channel for brand new episodes each week, and impress Danica with your newfound skills on Twitter.

Also, be sure to check out episode one and the standalone version of the Dance of the Sugar Pi Fairy!

]]>Studies show that 99% of humans hate math. Danica McKellar (*Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math*) is the other 1%. *Math Bites *is exactly what it sounds like — bite-sized bits of mathematical magic that are easy to digest so you won’t wind up like the protagonist of Darren Aronofsky’s *Pi*. Speaking of pi, today’s episode focuses on the mysteries of everyone’s favorite irrational number and seeks to take the daunting, never-ending number and make it so you not only understand it, but can sing its digits to 139 places. Bet your SAT prep course didn’t cover *that*.

Still we wanted to know the inspiration for the series, so went straight to the source and asked Danica. “I love making math accessible and entertaining,” she said. “I’ve been doing it in my books for years now, and people kept asking for video, so here’s some video! You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Wait no, not that last part.”

Between her degree from UCLA and her four published books on mathematics (designed to get young readers to learn the joy of math), who better to show you the mystery, the splendor, and the – let’s just call it what it is – *magic *of pi, than Ms. McKellar herself? And some very special friends, of course.

Puppets, pyramids, and pi? Sounds like a winning combination to us. But what’s so special about pi anyway? According to Danica, “It’s one of the most fundamental constants of the universe, and it also sounds like something I like to put ice cream on.”

So, watch and learn with us each week as Danica pushes us to the vertical limits of math (so we don’t make an asymptote of ourselves). Future episodes will cover everything from those pesky percentages (you’ll shop like a pro) to mastering mental math (and possibly telekinesis), so be sure to subscribe to the Nerdist Channel. Then tell us in the comments below – what’s your favorite kind of pi? Dessert or mathematical formula, either one’s cool with us!

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*Math Bites* is a brand new series on the Nerdist Channel from the math maven herself, Danica McKellar (*The Wonder Years*, *Young Justice*). Given that she has a degree in mathematics from UCLA and has written four books designed to get adolescent readers to learn the joys of math, we thought she would be perfect for the job. Plus, with pipes like that, how can you say no? It also helps that she brought along some very special friends to help her spread the joys of Pi, but we don’t want to spoil anything. You’ll just have to watch and find out for yourself. Watch out for that seventy-fifth decimal place — it’s a doozy.

How many places of Pi can you count to by memory? What do you think of *Math Bites*? Let us know in the comments below! And watch for *Math Bites* when it premieres on the Nerdist Channel on January 9th.