Welcome to the August 2017 issue of newsletters!


Thank you for subscribing to our newsletters! For many of us, this week marks the end of the summer holiday before having to return to reality (reluctantly? energetically?). We hope this issue of our newsletter will help easing you in!

In this issue, you will have free access to our exclusive interviews with two of our favourite mathematical story authors, namely Anna Milbourne, the author of the popular 'How Big is a Million?' and Julie Ellis, the author of two mathematical stories based on the life of Pythagoras. Julie's works in particular are very useful in reminding us that mathematical stories can be used with older children too. Teaching mathematics through stories is not an approach limited to just pre-school children only!

You will also have access to our reviews of mathematical stories that can be used to introduce large numbers as well as the Pythagorean theorem and ratios. Additionally, you will have free access to videos of our partner, KidTime StoryTime, reading to you 'Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin'  by Pam Calvert and 'The Boy who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos' by Deborah Heiligman.

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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 picture book.

To start reading these interviews, simply choose from the options below. To see which other authors and illustrators we have got lined up for you, click here

Anna Milbourne ​(UK) has authored over 60 picture books, including four of our favourite titles with mathematical connections, namely 'How Big is a Million?' (2007), 'How High is the Sky?' (2009), 'How Deep is the Sea?' (2009) and 'How Big Was a Dinosaur?' (2011). Click here to read our exclusive interview with Anna.
Julie Ellis ​(New Zealand) has authored two of our favourite mathematical stories, 'What's Your Angle, Pythagoras?' (2004) and 'Pythagoras and the Ratios' (2010), both are illustrated by Phyllis Hornung Peacock and published by Charlesbridge. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Julie.

Read our official reviews of mathematical stories by clicking on their covers below. 

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 Julie Ellis’ ‘What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?’
Click here to read our review of Anna Milbourne's 'How Big is a Million?'
Click here to read our review of Julie Ellis’ ‘Pythagoras and the Ratios’

Listen to our partner, KidTime StoryTime, reading mathematical stories for you on our website for free!

They work really hard to produce high quality and engaging videos, and to obtain permission from publishers to produce these videos for you. 
Show them some love by visiting their website, subscribing to their YouTube channel, following their Twitter account, and Like-ing their Facebook page!
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin'  by Pam Calvert, click here.
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you'The Boy who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos'  by Deborah Heiligman, click here.

As of today, has been viewed over 56,000 times by nearly 9,000 teachers and parents from more than 110 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.
Very conveniently, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai (the Founder of also serves as Co-Editor of The Mathematical Association's Primary Mathematics journal.  

The Mathematical Association is a professional society concerned with mathematics education in the UK, and was established in 1871 (!) The Association has several journals, one of which is Primary Mathematics, which is practitioners-oriented, and attracts over 5,000 readers.

For the Summer 2018 issue, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai hopes to make it a Special Issue with a focus on the power of storytelling in mathematics learning. He is very keen to hear from both practitioners and researchers (UK and beyond) who can contribute a brief article (2-3 pages) on this topic. If you are interested, please get in touch!

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 our list of our current On-line Contributors.
We are currently conducting an international survey exploring teachers' beliefs concerning the use of children's literature and stories in mathematics teaching and learning. If you are a teacher or a teacher trainee (teaching in either the early years or primary phase) in one of the following countries, we would be grateful if you could complete our survey!

The countries are: Australia, Botswana, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, and the USA is a non-profit and research-based initiative.
It sets out to help mathematics learners around the world develop their conceptual understanding in mathematics and to help them foster positive attitudes towards the subject through the power of storytelling.

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