The concept behind the Storytelling Math series
My upcoming picture book, Usha and the Big Digger is just one of many wonderful books coming out as part of Charlesbridge's Storytelling Math series. Read more about the concept behind this groundbreaking series from Marlene Kliman, the researcher with TERC who helped create these books:
If you’re like most adults, you think of books about counting or shapes. The books that come to mind are likely to feature animals or white main characters, rather than reflecting current U.S. 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 books that offer a wider range of math topics, feature main characters of color, appeal to a broad audience, and are written by authors of color? Because few such math picture books exist.