Welcome to the November/December 2017 issue of newsletter!

This is our biggest issue yet! In this issue, you will have free access to our exclusive interview with Jennifer Dussling Arena, the author of four of our favourite mathematical stories. Our partner, ​KidTime StoryTime, is back with videos of three more mathematical stories to keep you occupied this holiday! We also share with you a lesson idea of how Dr. Seuss's 'The Sneetches' can be used to introduce the concept of known and unknown functions, inputs and outputs.  

In our popular Mathematical Stories Recommendations section, we highlight some new and some classic mathematical stories covering a range of concepts, ranging from fraction and 3D shapes to data handling and zero. We hope you will find this new...ish section useful. 

Another brand new section, called Teachers' Donation Campaigns, lists on-going donation campaigns of teachers who are truly passionate in using stories to enhance their children's mathematical understanding and love for the subject. They need your support to help them buy mathematical stories for their class!

Details of upcoming training workshops on the integration of story/picture books in mathematics teaching are also included below.

Finally, if you know any colleagues or teacher trainees who might be interested in what we do, please encourage them to sign up to our monthly newsletter
here :-) 

We hope you all get to enjoy your well-earned break! We very much look forward to bringing you more Maths Through Stories-ness in 2018! Happy Holiday, everyone!
Don't miss our exclusive interviews with some of our most favourite mathematical story authors and illustrators who will help you and your children unpick the creative process involved in creating a mathematical story/picture book.
Jennifer Dussling Arena (Florida) has authored over 30 books for young children, including four of our favourite titles with mathematical connections, namely '100 Snowmen' (2013), published by Amazon's Two Lions (USA), as well as 'If the Shoe Fits' (2015), 'Fair is Fair!' (2003) and 'The 100-Pound Problem' (2000), all of which are published by Kane Press (USA). Click here to read our exclusive interview with Jennifer.

Read our official reviews of mathematical stories by clicking on the book covers below or visit our Book Reviews page.

If you are a publisher or an independent author and would like us to review your mathematical story, click here for more details.
Click here to read our review of Jen Arena's '100 Snowmen'.

Click here to read our review of Marcie Colleen's 'Love, Triangle'.
Click here to read our review of Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's 'Ready, Set, 100th Day!'.
Click here to read our review of Maranke Rinck's 'Tangram Cat'.






Our partner, KidTime StoryTime, would like to share with you videos of them reading three mathematical stories: Dianne Ochiltree's 'Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins', and Stuart J. Murphy's 'Dinosaur Deals' and 'Rodeo Time'. 

For more videos of mathematical stories by them, click here.

KidTime StoryTime works hard to ensure they obtain appropriate permission from relevant publishers to produce high quality videos of them reading wonderful mathematical stories. Be sure to show them some love by visiting their website, subscribing to their YouTube channel, following their Twitter account, and Like-ing their Facebook page!
Oliver Pinel, a secondary school mathematics teacher and a member of our On-Line Contributors team, suggests how Dr. Seuss's 'The Sneetches' can be used to introduce the concept of known and unknown functions, inputs and outputs to 11-12 years old students.

For more lesson ideas, click here.
TEACHERS' DONATION CAMPAIGNS would like to draw your attention to the four teachers below who need your help! These teachers are truly passionate in using stories to enhance their children's mathematical understanding and love for the subject. Click on the images to learn more about their respective campaign and see the list of their carefully handpicked mathematical stories that they need for their class. 

Get in touch if you have your own Maths Through Stories donation campaign that you would like us to help promote! 

Mrs. Smith's Grade PreK-2 class (South Carolina, USA) welcomes your donation.
Her campaign's deadline is 21 December 2017.

Mr. Ortiz's Grades 3-5 class (Texas, USA) welcomes your donation.
His campaign's deadline is 27 December 2017.

Mrs. Edwards' Grades 3-5 class (North Carolina, USA) welcomes your donation.
Her campaign deadline is 15 February 2018.

Mrs. Lawrence's Grade PreK-2 class (Idaho, USA) welcomes your donation.
Her campaign's deadline is 17 February 2018

Dr. Trakulphadetkrai (founder of will be training in-service and pre-service teachers on how to integrate story/picture books in their mathematics teaching at the upcoming events below. If your school, local educational authority or teacher education programme (both within or outside the UK) is interested in receiving this type of training at your institution, please get in touch with him directly here.
February 2018 (training for PGCE secondary teacher trainees)
King's College London, University of London (London, UK)*

February 2018 (training for in-service teachers)
Derbyshire County Council’s Support Service for Special Educational Needs (Derby, UK)
February 2018 (training for BA early years and primary teacher trainees)
University of Roehampton (London, UK)*

March 2018 (training for BA early years and primary teacher trainees)
University of Brighton (Brighton, UK)* 

April 2018 (session for teachers and academics)
British Congress of Mathematics Education, University of Warwick (Coventry, UK)

April 2018 (training for School Direct primary teacher trainees)
University of Reading (Reading, UK)*

June 2018 (training for PGCE primary teacher trainees)
University of Bedfordshire (Bedford, UK)*
September 2018 (training for in-service teachers)
Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School (Slough, UK)*
(*Open to members of the hosting institutions only)

Recent workshops
November 2017 (training for in-service teachers)
Derbyshire County Council's Primary Mathematics Conference (Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK)
October 2017 (training for in-service teachers)
The District CE Primary School's #ReadingRocks_17 event (Newton-le-Willows, Greater Manchester, UK)
October 2017 (training for BA primary teacher trainees)
University of Reading (Reading, UK)

Details of other previous training sessions can be found here

We have just created a new page on the website, called Shoutouts, where we collate some of the shoutouts we have received from the education community and parents over the past year. Can you find your shoutout? :-)

Since the launch of our website on 2 March 2017 (the World Book Day), has been viewed over 89,000 times by more than 14,000 teachers and parents from over 130 countries around the world! This is truly amazing and a reflection of a collective demand to learn more about how mathematical stories can be integrated meaningfully in mathematics teaching and learning. To find out more about these statistics, click here for a full Google Analytics report.

'The contribution of general language ability, reading comprehension and working memory to mathematics achievement among children with English as additional language (EAL): An exploratory study' 

A recently published research article by Dr. Trakulphadetkrai and his research colleagues is now available free of charge, thanks to the Open Access grant by the University of Reading (UK). 

The article, titled 'The contribution of general language ability, reading comprehension and working memory to mathematics achievement among children with English as additional language (EAL): An exploratory study'  is now published on-line in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

The findings of the study provide further rationale for the cross-curricular approach behind The article can be accessed via this URL: Please help share this link on social media with your colleagues. (For every tweet you send out that include the above link, the research article gets one Altmetric point!)
'Where are the girls and women in mathematical picture books?'

Dr. Trakulphadetkrai has also recently written an article investigating gender representation in mathematical picture books.

The article, titled 'Where are the girls and women in mathematical picture books?', is published in the latest issue of the Mathematics Teaching journal, an official journal of the UK's Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM).

If you are an ATM member, you can access the article for free. Alternatively, head to the Research Projects section on our website for a PowerPoint highlighting key findings. 
FANCY SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE OF USING MATHEMATICAL STORIES IN YOUR MATHEMATICS TEACHING ON OUR WEBSITE? is actively seeking On-line Contributors i.e. teachers and parents who would be happy to share their experience of using mathematical stories in their mathematics teaching with other members of our community. If this is something that you are interested in, please get in touch! Click here to see the list of our current On-line Contributors. is a non-profit and research-based initiative. It sets out to encourage teachers and parents around the world to use stories to enhance their mathematics teaching and learning.

We firmly believe that the use of mathematical stories, particularly in the picture book format, can help mathematics learners develop their conceptual understanding in mathematical concepts, and to help them foster positive attitudes towards the subject.

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