It is **World Book Day** on Thursday, March 1st.

On the subject of books I have checked and updated the **free books information**; this includes new additions.

Note in particular **Colin Foster’s KS3 Instant Maths Ideas** (3 books) – a wealth of ideas you can try in the classroom and now freely available online. **Colin Foster **is a Reader in Mathematics Education in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University.

Here’s some very nice **World Book Day Maths Problems** from **Laura Rees-Hughes**.

I think that’s **71 pages**.

For younger students, **this revision resource** was created for Year 6 (age 10-11) to use on World Book Day.

We could bring books and Mathematics together with some Statistics. UK readers who remember Statistics coursework may remember AQA’s coursework task ‘Read All About It’ where students considered various newspapers and magazines for readability. Similarly, we have **Edexcel’s Newspaper Comparisons**. A search for these old coursework tasks returned **this Edexel document** which has numerous investigations with mark schemes; Newspaper comparisons is on page 171. The document is a very useful source of problems and data handling activities.

We could consider the reading age of a text; consider these readability formulae; if you paste some text to this site, **Readability Formulas **you can easily check statistics for your chosen text and generate a reading age according to the various tests.

WolframAlpha can be used for Words and Linguistics, note the various **examples** given, including **number names**.and **document length**.

Alternatively, try **Analyze My Writing**. Simply paste in some text for a comprehensive analysis including basic statistics, word and sentence length and readability. It is also possible to create **Cloze tests**. You can read more about this resource on **Richard Byrne’s always impressive “Free Technology for Teachers”.**

It seems appropriate to check some **world records on books!**

I tried the text of this post for readability – college level!