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Adding Diverse Books to your Mathematical Practice

This keynote will highlight the connections between early literacy skills and early mathematical skills. It will discuss the importance and value of diverse books and the lack of them that characterizes the children’s literature market today. Further, it will explain how diverse books can serve multiple purposes in supporting development in all domains, including mathematical thinking, making the case for why educators must be intentional in locating and utilizing diverse books in their classrooms and in their math curriculum.


JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD, is an award-winning children’s author, poet, educator, and scholar. Her first children’s book Imani’s Moon won the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award and was featured on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show and Storytime with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her second book Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story! received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and won the CELI Read Aloud Book Award. JaNay is also the author of the popular Where in the Garden picture book series (Peachtree Publishing), four Chicken Soup for the Soul Babies/Kids books, Crayola’s Follow That Line! Magic at Your Fingertips (Running Press Kids, 2022), the Harriet Tubman Little Golden Book Biography, the Simone Biles Little Golden Book Biography and the New York Times Bestselling book Why Not You? (Penguin/Random House) which she collaborated with Ciara and Russell Wilson. She has many more books both published and forthcoming including the chapter book series Love Puppies (Scholastic, 2023 & 2024). You can learn more about her at

JaNay Brown-Wood,


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