“Allison and Tony have crafted such a joyful resource for educators to leverage together a love for literature, a love for math, and an intense desire to better listen to and honor the voices and lived experiences of the children who grace our classroom spaces.”
Angela Chan Turrou co-editor of Choral Counting & Counting Collections
Many teachers use traditional counting and shape books in math class. But what would happen if we approached any story with a math lens? How might mathematizing children’s literature give learners space to ask their own questions and make connections between stories, their lives, and the world around them? These are the questions Allison Hintz and Antony T. Smith set out to explore in this book as they invite us to consider fresh ways of using interactive read-alouds to nurture students as both readers and mathematicians.
Inside Mathematizing Children’s Literature, you’ll learn how to do the following:
Select picture books according to the goals of the read aloud experience.
Plan and facilitate three kinds of read aloud discussions—Open Notice and Wonder, Math Lens, and Story Explore.
Utilize Idea Investigations—experiences that invite students to pursue literacy and math-focused ideas beyond the pages of the read aloud.
Connect with students’ families and communities through stories.
Along the way, Allison and Antony offer a wide range of picture book suggestions and appendices that include ready-to-use planning templates, a note-taking form, and a bookmark of guiding questions. Mathematizing Children’s Literature is a practical resource you’ll find yourself referring to frequently.
Allison Hintz is an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington, Bothell. She studies teaching and learning alongside educators to create experiences where children are heard, understood, and inspired as mathematical sense makers. Allison is co-author, with Elham Kazemi, of Intentional Talk. Allison tweets @allisonhintz124.
Antony T. Smith is an associate professor of literacy education at the University of Washington, Bothell. He works alongside teachers to create engaging literacy-mathematics learning experiences through exploring and discussing children’s literature. He is committed to the concepts of motivation, engagement, challenge, and creativity in literacy teaching and learning. Antony tweets @smithant.
Chapter 1: Celebrating the Joy and Wonder of Children’s Thinking
Chapter 2: Mathematizing Interactive Read-Alouds
Chapter 3: Book Types and Selection
Chapter 4: Open Notice and Wonder Reads
Chapter 5: Focused Reads: Story Explore and Math Lens
Chapter 6: Idea Investigations: Extending the Read-Aloud Experience
Chapter 7: Learning Together as Educators
Chapter 8: Family and Community Connections
Appendix A: Open Notice and Wonder Planning Template
Appendix B: Questions as Refrain Bookmark
Appendix C: Focused Read Planning Template
Appendix D: Idea Investigation Planning Template
Appendix E: Listening to Students at Work Note-Taking Form
Professional Resources and References
Children’s Literature Bibliography
Grades:PreK, K, 1, 2, 3
Media: 240 pp/paper
Item No: 1158
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Hintz and Smith have offered a way to ensure that the rigors of mathematical learning and the beauty of literature are attained without sacrificing either. The emphasis on children’s thinking, voice, and mathematical wonderings bring literature alive in ways that hold a space for children to learn about themselves and the world.
San Diego State University
Thanks to Allison and Tony, I have a new way of looking at books! I can't wait to use these new skills, and ways of thinking, to encourage the little readers and mathematicians in my life!
Author and Illustrator of Jabari Jumps
At its core, this book focuses on the belief that listening to a child’s thinking is some of the most important work we do as educators. This book will undoubtedly become a must-have for all primary educators.
Lead teacher, The Discovery School, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Grounded in curiosity and wonder, Allison and Antony share ways teachers can engage their students in conversations about texts before, during, and after reading that develop math identities while also bringing literature and math together.
Whitney La Rocca
Co-author of Patterns of Wonder and Patterns of Power
Wow! I wish every teacher preparation program provided preservice elementary school teachers with a copy of Mathematizing Children’s Literature. It will inspire everyone to look at math and children’s literature in a new way.
Author of The Gift of Story
This book will be a valuable and timeless resource for any teacher that believes that the power of children's curiosity, imagination, and identity is rooted in the magical intersection of their literature and mathematics.
Author of Pi of Life, Math Recess, and Chasing Rabbits
Joy, wonder, and playfulness exude through the examples of children’s mathematical thinking about lovely children’s literature selections throughout this book.
District Teacher Consultant & Adjunct Professor
KidLit + math = joyful learning! Mathematizing Children’s Literature demonstrates how read-alouds provide endless possibilities to explore stories, investigate ideas, and honor children’s ability to notice, wonder, and find joy in learning.
Author of Layers of Learning
Magical. Mathematizing Children’s Literature is an organized, practical plan for teachers who want to reveal children’s deep mathematical thinking through the books we are already reading in the classroom. Definitely an important book for the modern elementary teacher.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at The Ohio State University
Mathematizing Children’s Literature expertly provides the teaching actions, specific language, and scaffolding you need to champion literacy and mathematical thinking in all young learners. A nurturing, wise, and beautiful book!
Educator and author of Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners
Allison and Tony have crafted such a joyful resource for educators to leverage together a love for literature, a love for math, and an intense desire to better listen to and honor the voices and lived experiences of the children who grace our classroom spaces.
Angela Chan Turrou
Co-editor of Choral Counting and Counting Collections