Storytelling Math: Celebrate diversity, math, and the power of storytelling!

Presented by: Charlesbridge & School Library Journal
Event Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020


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Think of math picture books for young readers. What comes to mind? Most people think of concept books about counting or shapes. If a book has a storyline, it likely features animals or white main characters rather than reflecting current US demographics, in which young children of color predominate. These books may be better suited to a math lesson than to a favorite bedtime read aloud, and chances are, they were written by white authors. Why don’t we tend to think of math picture books that offer a wider range of math topics, feature main characters of color, and are written by authors of color? Because few such books exist.

The Storytelling Math series changes the landscape of children’s math books. These board books and picture books explore math topics, such as patterns and spatial sense, that research shows are critically important for young children. They feature main characters of color in stories created by diverse authors and illustrators. And they weave authentic, everyday math into emotionally resonant, engaging stories. In this webinar, Youth Services librarian Julie Roach (Cambridge Public Library) joins authors Grace Lin and Ana Crespo, editor Alyssa Mito Pusey, and math expert Marlene Kliman to discuss how these joyful stories empower all readers to see themselves as mathematical thinkers.

Developed in partnership with STEM education nonprofit TERC, with funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation.



Grace Lin, Author

Ana Crespo, Author

Marlene Kliman, Senior Scientist, TERC

Alyssa Mito Pusey, Executive Editor, Charlesbridge

Julie Roach, Manager of Youth Services, Cambridge Public Library


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