Welcome to the September 2018 issue of newsletter!

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The Young Mathematical Story Author (YMSA) competition is a new annual international competition set up to encourage young mathematics learners (8-13 years old) from around the world to embed their mathematics learning in a meaningful and engaging context through creating their own mathematical story picture book.

In addition to Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Founder of and Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Reading, UK), our judging panel also includes two of the world's most prolific and best-selling mathematical story authors, Stuart J. Murphy (author of the MathStart series) and Cindy Neuschwander (author of the Sir Cumference series). Both Stuart and Cindy have also kindly agreed to let us name our annual awards for the winners of the 8-10 and 11-13 age group categories as The Stuart J. Murphy Award and The Cindy Neuschwander Award respectively.

The winner in each of the two entry categories will receive the award of £100, and their school will also receive £100. The Stuart J. Murphy Award and The Cindy Neuschwander Award are kindly sponsored by HarperCollins and Charlesbridge respectively.

To read more details about this competition, please click here.

To support students in this competition, teachers may find our recently-released Guideline for Mathematical Story Authors useful in identifying key features of good mathematical story picture books.  


Our latest On-line Contributor (Bonnie McClure) would like to share with you how she used Edward Einhorn's 'Fractions in Disguise' to help her Grade 4 students in Texas practise simplifying fractions. Click here to read her lesson idea

We hope her lesson idea will inspire you to give this creative approach of mathematics teaching a go yourself!

If you have recently used a story in your mathematics teaching and would like to share your experience with fellow teachers and parents globally, consider becoming part of our growing team of On-line Contributors! Click here for more details. 


This September 2018 issue marks the second in a series of three special issues where we will be reviewing all the English translated version of over 20 interesting mathematical story picture books which are part of the world's largest mathematical story series, called the TanTan Math Story series. (The original version, published in Korean language, has over 70+ mathematical stories in total.)

Read our official reviews of these 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 picture book, click here for more details.

Click here to read our review of Mi-ae Lee’s ‘A Day at Grandma' (focus on different parts of the day for children aged 4+ years old)
Click here to read our review of Eun-hee Na’s ‘Grandfather Owl' (focus on addition and subtraction for children aged 4+ years old)
Click here to read our review of Young-ah Kim’s ‘Grandma’s Red Silk Dress’ (focus on foundation of fraction for children aged 5+ years old)
Click here to read our review of Yoon Jeong Choi’s ‘How to Avoid the Fearsome Cat’ (focus on data handling for children aged 5+ years old) 
Click here to read our review of Hye Ok Lee’s ‘Let’s Play Mums and Dads!’ (focus on 2D and 3D shapes for children aged 5+ years old)
Click here to read our review of Group Majoongmul’s ‘Math at the Art Museum’ (focus on mathematics all around of us for children of all ages)
Click here to read our review of Seon-hye Jang’s ‘One Snowy Night’ (focus on non-standard measurement units for children aged 5+ years old)
Click here to read our review of Soon-jae Shin’s ‘Ruffer’s Birthday Party' (focus on addition and subtraction for children aged 5+ years old)
Click here to read our review of Yoon Ah-Hae’s ‘Who Eats First?' (focus on measurement comparison for children aged 5+ years old)


In this academic year alone, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai (founder of will be delivering the Maths Through Stories training workshop to over 1,600 teacher trainees at 20+ universities across the UK.

Consequently, has now officially become the largest and most trusted training provider on integrating story picture books in mathematics teaching and learning. 

October 2018
Brunel University London (London, UK)
Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK)
University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)
University of Reading (Reading, UK)
November 2018
Leeds Trinity University (Leeds, UK)
Liverpool Hope University (Liverpool, UK)
University of Chester (Chester, UK)
December 2018
University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK)
University of Southampton (Southampton, UK)
Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, UK)
January 2019
Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool, UK)
University of Greenwich (London, UK)
February 2019
Bath Spa University (Bath, UK)
University of South Wales (Newport, UK)
March 2019
University of Roehampton (London, UK)
University of Brighton (Brighton, UK)
Kingston University London (London, UK)
University of Winchester (Winchester, UK)
University of Middlesex (London, UK)
April 2019
University of Derby (Derby, UK)
University of Reading (Reading, UK)
May 2019
University of Bedfordshire (Bedford, UK)

Details of Dr. Trakulphadetkrai's other upcoming workshops can be found here

If your school, local educational authority or teacher education programme (both within or outside the UK) is interested in receiving training from Dr. Trakulphadetkrai at your institution, please get in touch with him directly here.

This month, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai ran a training workshop for 50 primary school teachers at a large school just outside London, UK. Below you will find photos from the event and feedback from some of the participants. 


Since the launch of our website on 2 March 2017 (the World Book Day), has been viewed over 177,000 times by more than 30,000 teachers and parents from 160 countries around the world! This is truly amazing and a reflection of your growing desire to learn more about how mathematical story picture books can be integrated meaningfully in mathematics teaching and learning.

To find out more about these statistics, click here for a full Google Analytics report. 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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