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Welcome to the June 2017 issue of MathsThroughStories.org newsletters!

 

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletters! In this issue, you will have free access to our exclusive interviews with four of our favourite mathematical story authors and illustrators, including Deborah Melmon, the world's most prolific mathematical story illustrator.

Additionally, you will also have access to our reviews of mathematical stories that can be used to teach concepts, ranging from different kinds of averages to place value and fractions. We also give you access to videos of our partner, KidTime StoryTime, reading to you 'Super Sand Castle Saturday' and 'The Best Vacation Ever', both by Stuart J. Murphy, the world's best selling mathematics story author. 

Finally, if you know any colleagues who might be interested in what we do, please encourage them to sign up to our monthly newsletters here.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
 
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

 
Laura Driscoll ​(Connecticut) has authored more than 25 books for young readers, including 5 of our favourite mathematical stories: 'Project Popcorn' (2017), 'Super Specs' (2005), and 'The Blast Off Kid' (2003) as part of the Math Matters series, and 'A Mousy Mess' (2014) and 'Count Off, Squeak Scouts!' (2014) as part of the Mouse Math series. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Laura
Shirley Ng-Benitez ​(California) is the illustrator of 'Project Popcorn' (2017), recently published and released by Kane Press as part of its Math Matters series. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Shirley
Deborah Melmon ​(California) is the illustrator of all 20 Mouse Math titles by Kane Press, and is thus arguably the world's most prolific mathematics story illustrator! Click here to read our exclusive interview with Deborah
Loreen Leedy ​(Florida) has authored and illustrated over 40 picturebooks, and over a quarter of them focus on mathematical concepts. Specifically, these are '2 x 2 = Boo!', 'Follow the Money!', 'Fraction Action', 'The Great Graph Contest', 'It's Probably Penny', 'Mapping Penny's World', 'Measuring Penny', 'Missing Math', 'Mission Addition', 'The Monster Money Book', and ‘Subtraction Action'. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Loreen
BOOK REVIEWS

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 Laura Driscoll's 'Project Popcorn'
Click here to read our review of Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed's 'My Half Day'
Click here to read our review of Laura Driscoll's 'The Blast Off Kid'
MATHS STORY TIME!

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 'Super Sand Castle Saturday'  by Stuart J. Murphy, click here.
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'The Best Vacation Ever' by Stuart J. Murphy, click here.
MEDIA APPERANCES

MathsThroughStories.org and its Founder, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai, have recently been featured in a number of media appearances, including a two-page interview spread in the April issue of HELLO! Thailand Magazine, and a shout-out in a post by Harvard Graduate School of Education on ways to keep children engaged in mathematics during the summer holiday. To find out more, click here.
 
LATEST WEBSITE STATS

As of today, MathsThroughStories.org has been viewed over 39,000 times by more than 5,800 teachers and parents from 95 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 Google Analytics statistics, click here for a full report.

 
FANCY WRITING A BRIEF ARTICLE?
 
Very conveniently, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai (the Founder of MathsThroughStories.org) 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 LESSON(S) ON OUR WEBSITE?

MathsThroughStories.org is actively seeking a group of practitioners who would be happy to share their experience of using mathematical stories in their mathematics lessons with other members of the community. If this is something that you are interested in, please get in touch!
PLEASE HELP COMPLETING OUR 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!

The countries are: Australia, Botswana, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, and the USA

MathsThroughStories.org 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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