Principal Investigator: Marlene Kliman
Funders: Heising-Simons Foundation

Storytelling Math is an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on identifying, creating, and promoting exemplary math-infused storybooks for young children in our diverse society. More »

Principal Investigator: Marlene Kliman

Funders: The Heising-Simons Foundation

Other current TERC staff: Valerie Martin, Nuria Jaumot-Pascual, Audrey Martínez-Gudapakkam

Dates: 2016–2021

Storytelling Math is centered on two interrelated goals: 

We address our goals primarily through shaping the math component of picture books in conjunction with two publishers:

Charlesbridge, publishing the Math for Me series (English, Spanish)

Star Bright Books, publishing Small Talk math board books (English and Spanish, with some titles also in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hindi)

Banana for Two (Ellen Mayer, 2018—one-to-one correspondence)

Clean Up Up Up! (Ellen Mayer, 2018—spatial relationships)

Yellow, Red, Green — GO! (Ellen Mayer, 2020—patterns, tentative title)

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Other Storytelling Math efforts include: holding webinars and workshops on diversity and math in picture books for authors, librarians, book reviewers, and other stakeholders; and gathering data on impact of Storytelling Math books distributed via Reach Out and Read and Too Small to Fail

With anticipated substantial commercial sales, conducted in conjunction with Charlesbridge’s distribution partner Penguin Random House, we anticipate that this project will help to re-shape national conceptions of what constitutes math for ages 0-5, who can do math, and ways in which parents and caregivers can organically support children’s math learning as part of story reading at home. 



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Clean Up, Up, Up! by Ellen Mayer | illustrated by Ying-Hwa Hu
Star Bright Books, 2018, available in English and Spanish

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