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Storytelling Math: Celebrate diversity, math, and the power of storytelling!
Join our authors and a panel of experts to learn about young children as mathematical thinkers who will grow up knowing that math is relevant, useful, and even fascinating! Two accomplished children’s book presenters will take you behind the scenes to show how this project integrates diversity, math and storytelling to bring math concepts to life in the most practical and culturally sensitive way. This multi-sensory session with author chats, video clips and book readings will entertain, educate and motivate you to become math storytellers!
We hope you leave with these take-aways:
• Math is not intimidating
• Math is commonplace, math is everywhere
• We use math to solve common problems, every day
• The importance of including children of color in picture math books
• Learning is most meaningful when it builds on real life experiences
• The value of books that show mathematical thinking and concepts with accuracy
• The importance of book images and content with cultural authenticity

Nov 4, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Grace Lin
Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown), the Geisel Honor Book Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Little, Brown), and The Ugly Vegetables. She is also the co-author and illustrator of Our Seasons. Grace Lin, a New York Times best-selling author/illustrator, won a Caldecott Honor for A Big Mooncake for Little Star and has received a Newbery Honor and a Theodor Geisel Honor for 2 other children’s books. You can hear her speak about diversity and children’s literature in her popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.”
Ana Crespo
Ana Crespo was born in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. In 2000, after studying journalism, she moved to the United States to pursue a master's degree in education. She fell in love with children's books when she began reading them to her daughter. But she wanted to see books by Brazilian authors, featuring Brazilian characters! After her son was born, she decided to write her own stories. Ana is the author of The Sock Thief: A Soccer Story, which won an International Latino Book Award, and the My Emotions & Me series.
Marlene Kliman
Senior Scientist @TERC
In over 25 years at TERC, Marlene has led national-scale research and development projects involving mathematics learning in public libraries, after-school programs, community-based child care settings, family homes, and other informal learning environments. She has directed development of and served as lead writer for mathematics resources recommended and/or adopted by National Science Digital Library, US Department of Education, the YMCA, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and many state and local education, library, and after-school and child care agencies. Marlene serves as the math consultant for Storytelling Math.
Alyssa Mito Pusey
Executive Editor @Charlesbridge
As a nonfiction specialist, Alyssa firmly believes there is nothing as astonishing as real life. In addition to nonfiction, she edits fiction featuring memorable characters and strong school-and-library hooks. In both nonfiction and fiction, she looks for diversity, innovation, clarity, voice, and humor. Alyssa’s titles include Mario and the Hole in the Sky by Elizabeth Rusch, Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner, A Black Hole is NOT a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, the Baby Loves Science series by Ruth Spiro, and the Storytelling Math series with Grace Lin, Ana Crespo, and other authors.