Principal Investigator: Marlene Kliman
Funders: The Heising-Simons Foundation
Other current TERC staff: Audrey Martínez-Gudapakkam, Valerie Martin
The Storytelling Math project is centered on two interrelated goals:
- Expand the mathematical content in trade storybooks for ages 0–5 to include often-overlooked topics that are critical to building mathematical understanding, including patterns, spatial relationships, measurement, logic, and mathematical vocabulary;
- Expand images and contexts of characters in such books, to reflect families from traditionally under-represented groups and give all readers an inclusive vision of mathematical thinkers.
Current work involves:
- Collaborating with publisher Charlesbridge to develop, publish, and promote two sets of mathematical storybooks (four books for ages 0-2 and four for ages 3-6) for the trade market;
- Conducting workshops, webinars, and outreach to stakeholders including trade storybook authors and book selectors for literacy organizations, public libraries, and book reviews;
- Distributing books published as a result of our partnerships via literacy non-profits Reach Out and Read and Too Small To Fail.
With conservative projections of 64,500 math-infused storybooks purchased by project end and at least 350 stakeholders participating in webinars and workshops, we anticipate that our efforts 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.