Welcome to the inaugural issue (May 2017) of MathsThroughStories.org newsletters!
Thank you for subscribing to our newsletters! In this issue, you will have free access to our exclusive interviews with five of our favourite mathematical story authors and illustrators, including Stuart J. Murphy, the world's most prolific and best-selling mathematical story author.
Additionally, you will also have access to our reviews of seven mathematical stories that can be used to teach concepts, ranging from doubling, halving, fractions to probability, the Venn's diagram and prime numbers. We also give you access to videos of our partner, KidTime StoryTime, reading to you 'Earth Day - Hooray!' by Stuart J. Murphy, and 'It Was Halloween Night: A Scary Math Story With Tangrams' by Grace Maccarone.
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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 picturebook.
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.
Edward Einhorn (New York) has authored two of our favourite mathematical stories, both of which are published by Charlesbridge, and included in its 'Math Adventure' series. 'A Very Improbable Story' (2008) and more recently 'Fractions in Disguise' (2014) cover the topics of probability and fraction respectively. Click here to read our interview with Edward
Lisa Harkrader (Kansas) has authored two titles in Kane Press's Math Matters series: 'A Fishy Mystery' (2017) and 'Ruby Makes It Even' (2015). They cover the use of Venn diagrams and odd/even numbers respectively. Click here to read our interview with Lisa
With 63 mathematical stories under his name and a total sale volume of 14+ million copies sold worldwide, Stuart J. Murphy (Illinois / Massachusetts) is the world's most prolific and best-selling mathematical story author. Stuart has single-handedly authored these 63 mathematical stories as part of his MathStart series (published by HarperCollins). Click here to read our interview with Stuart
Donna Jo Napoli (Pennsylvania) has authored two of our favourite mathematical stories: 'The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions' (2007) and 'Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication' (2008). Both are published by Henry Holt & Company, and illustrated by Anna Currey. (Donna co-authored 'Corkscrew Counts' with Richard Tchen) Click here to read our interview with Donna Jo
Matthew McElligott (New York) has authored and illustrated two of our favourite mathematical stories: 'Bean Thirteen' (2007), published by Putnam Publishing Group, explores properties of prime numbers, specifically 13, while 'The Lion's Share' (2009), published by Bloomsbury Publishing's Walker and Company, looks at the concepts of halving, doubling and fractions. Click here to read our interview with Matthew
Read our official reviews of mathematical stories 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 Edward Einhorn's 'Fractions in Disguise'
Click here to read our review of Matthew McElligott's 'Bean Thirteen'
Click here to read our review of Lisa Harkrader's 'A Fishy Mystery'
Click here to read our review of Lori Haskins Houran's 'How To Be An Earthling'
Click here to read our review of Edward Einhorn's 'A Very Improbable Story'
Click here to read our review of Matthew McElligott's 'The Lion's Share'
Click here to read our review of Lisa Harkrader's 'Ruby Makes It Even'
Listen to our partner, KidTime StoryTime, reading mathematical stories for you on our website for free.
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'Earth Day - Hooray!' by Stuart J. Murphy, click here
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'It Was Halloween Night: A Scary Math Story With Tangrams' by Grace Maccarone, click here
HELP WITH SURVEY
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!
MathsThroughStories.org is a non-profit and research-based initiative, based at the University of Reading's Institute of Education (UK).
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.