International Children’s Book Day in Menlo Park

April 2nd marks a very important day in history. It was this day in 1805 that Hans Christian Andersen, the beloved Danish writer of fairy tales and fables, was born. On this day, kids in Menlo Park and everywhere else in the world compete in writing competitions and read children’s stories and fairy tales. At Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium, we highly encourage children to read. We even have a huge list of books that are not only fun to read, but also help improve one’s math skills. These book suggestions are found on this blog.

fairy tale math problems

Portrait of Hans Christian Anderson by Constantin Hansen

What Makes Hans Christian Andersen So Special?

You and your Menlo Park child might be curious as to why the International Children’s Book day is celebrated on Hans Christian Andersen’s birth. H. C. Andersen wrote some of the most famous fairy tales like “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and many more. So, make sure to take your child to your nearest Menlo Park bookstore or library to get one of our recommended math related children’s books.

Here are some math related questions to ask your child on this unique day.

  1. Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805 and died in 1875. How many years did he live?
  2. If you read at a rate of 2 pages per minute, how long would it take you to read a 365 paged book?
  3. One of Menlo Park – Palo Alto Mathnasium’s recommended books costs $8.75. Tax is approximately 9.25%. How much will the book cost with tax? How much change will you get back if you pay with a 20 dollar bill?


Clearly, today is a great day for your child to read and brush up on their math skills.

For more problems and information about math tutoring check out Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.

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