Welcome to the Winter 2022 issue of newsletter!

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In this issue, we would like to bring to your attention five mathematical stories with a great diversity theme. 

Visit our Book Reviews page for our reviews of 100+ mathematical stories.

Click here to read our review of ‘Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!’ (2021) by Art Coulson. The story has a focus on volume. Suitable for children aged 5+ years old.

Click here to read our review of ‘Usha and the Big Digger’ (2021) by Amitha Jagannath Knight. The story has a focus on basic shapes and transformation (specifically rotation). Suitable for children aged 5+ years old.

Click here to read our review of ‘Peg + Cat The Eid al-Adha Adventure’ (2018) by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson. The story has a focus on simple fractions, number comparison as well as the conventional more / less than and equal symbols. Suitable for children aged 4+ years old.

Click here to read our review of 10 Gulab Jamuns’ (2017) by Sandhya Acharya. The story can be used to either introduce or reinforce the concept of subtraction. Suitable for children aged 4+ years old.
Click here to read our review of ‘The Seven Chinese Sisters’ (2003) by Kathy Tucker. The story can be used to introduce the concept of ordinal numbers. Suitable for children aged 5+ years old.


The YMSA competition has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2019. With over 1,200 students across 17 countries competing over the past three years, this makes the YMSA competition a really special international competition.

The YMSA competition is the world's first annual international competition set up to encourage young mathematics learners (8-15 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. This competition is organised by

The submission deadline is Friday 25th March 2022 (17:00 UK time).

The winner in each of the two entry categories (8-11 and 12-15 years old) will receive an award of £100, and their school will also receive £100. (In case of homeschooled children, if they won, they would get £100 and their nominated local public library would too get £100.) The awards are generously sponsored by HarperCollins and Charlesbridge.

The winning and shortlisted entries from the previous years can be found here: 2019, 2020 and 2021.

To learn more about our 2022 YMSA competition (including the Stuart J. Murphy Award and the Cindy Neuschwander Award), click here.

We very much look forward to receiving YMSA entries from many more students across many more countries in 2022!


To see research studies relating to the use of storytelling in mathematics teaching and learning, please visit our Research Articles page.
The goal of this study by Purpura et al. (2021) was to evaluate immediate and delayed effects of a caregiver-implemented picture book intervention to support children’s mathematical language and numeracy skills. Click here to read the full abstract.

Can and Durmaz's (2022) study, conducted in Turkey, has two aims. The first aim is the development of a scale to determine Turkish teachers’ beliefs about the integration of mathematics and children’s literature. The second one is to examine the beliefs of teachers on children’s literature and mathematics teaching, with the data collected through the scale. Click here to read the full abstract.


To date, Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (founder of has delivered the Maths Through Stories training workshops to over 1,400 in-service teachers and more than 2,100 teacher trainees across the UK and abroad.

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

Details of his recent workshops can be found below, and details of his 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.




Since the launch of our website on 2 March 2017 (the World Book Day), has now been viewed over 1,100,000 times by more than 300,000 teachers and parents from over 210 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 globally to use stories to enhance mathematics teaching.

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 foster positive attitudes towards the subject.

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