Our research team has developed multiple series of picture books to help young children (3 to 6 years old) learn math in a fun and enjoyable way. To develop these books, we incorporate current knowledge about early mathematics development with research on cognitive language and reading research to support learning. We also work with professional authors and illustrators to ensure that the books are of high-quality and meet industry standards for design.
We have developed and published six books (three on quantitative language skills, three on patterning skills) so far and are in the development and evaluation process of another six books (three on quantitative language skills, three on spatial language skills). Development of these books has been funded through the Heising-Simons Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Education Sciences.
To learn more about the series of books and find out how to purchase* the books on Amazon, see the links below.
*Please note that I do not receive any royalties from the sale of these books; however, proceeds from book sales go into an account held by Purdue University that we will use to develop new books and purchase books in bulk to distribute for free.
The Little Elephants' Big Adventure series features Lucy, Benjamin, and Bear, as they explore their daily environments and practice problem-solving. This series focuses on emphasizing mathematical language.
The Pattern Pals series features best friends Clara the chameleon and Zoe the parrot. This series focuses on patterning skills through stories about a birthday party, a sleepover, and a trip to the library.