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Storytelling Math

A deep dive into Storytelling Math, the acclaimed picture book series that highlights math, diversity, and the power of storytelling, celebrating children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Join Charlesbridge executive editor Alyssa Mito Pusey, math expert Marlene Kliman, and series authors JaNay Brown-Wood, Jenny Lacika, and Ana Crespo to discuss the series’ joyful stories and hands-on activities that make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Storytelling Math was developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education nonprofit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

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In over 25 years at TERC, Marlene Kliman 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 the development of and served as the lead writer for mathematics resources recommended and/or adopted by National Science Digital Library, the US Department of Education, the YMCA, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and many others.

Marlene Kliman

Alyssa Mito Pusey is an executive editor at Charlesbridge. As a nonfiction specialist, she firmly believes there is nothing as astonishing as real life. Almost any topic can hook her—as long as it’s approached from an unexpected angle. In addition to nonfiction, she edits fiction titles with memorable characters and strong school-and-library hooks. In both nonfiction and fiction, she looks for diversity, innovation, clarity, and voice. Humor is a plus! 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 and other authors.

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Alyssa Mito Pusey

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Originally from Brazil, Ana Crespo moved to the United States to pursue a master of 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 Mathical Award winner Lia & Luís: Who Has More?, International Latino Book Award winner The Sock Thief: A Soccer Story, and the My Emotions & Me series.

Ana Crespo

Jenny Lacika grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she learned to work together with an older brother and a younger brother. She graduated from MIT after she discovered how math could break down walls and open doors, and she never stopped loving books. She now lives in her hometown with her husband and two kids. Again, Essie? is her first book.

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Jenny Lacika

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Dr. JaNay Brown-Wood grew up in Fresno, California. She earned her BA in psychology and applied developmental psychology from UCLA, then her MA in child development from CSU Sacramento, and finally a Ph.D. in education from UC Davis. She has been a performer, preschool teacher, camp counselor, youth specialist, college professor, and curriculum designer; currently, she teaches and conducts research at CSU Sacramento and lives in Sacramento with her family. JaNay is the author of Too-Small Tyson, Shhh! The Baby's Asleep, Imani’s Moon, and Grandma’s Tiny House.

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