The Book- On Sale: April 20, 2021
For the Hindu holiday of Raksha Bandhan, Bina is determined to make beaded bracelets for her brothers all by herself. She finds out which colors her brothers like and dislike and sets to work. Working with her every-other-one beading pattern causes Bina to discover something new about patterns--and her brothers.
Storytelling Math celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Joyful stories and hands-on activities make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education nonprofit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Rajani LaRocca is a book lover, doctor, and foodie who was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area.
Her debut middle-grade novel, Midsummer's Mayhem, is an Indian American middle-grade mashup of A Midsummer Night's Dream and competitive baking.
I had the chance to ask her a few questions!
1. What inspired this book?
I wanted to write a book about the relationship between sisters and brothers—how siblings can be annoying but also know and love each other. I also wanted to incorporate recognizing and creating patterns into the story in an organic way.
2. What do you hope children will take away from it?
I hope kids recognize that math is everywhere and that it's fun. I hope they think about their siblings and other loved ones and celebrate how special those relationships are.
3. What's up next for you?
I have four more books releasing this year! My next middle grade, MUCH ADO ABOUT BASEBALL (June 15), involves two math competition rivals who find themselves on the same summer baseball team. My picture book WHERE THREE OCEANS MEET (Aug 24) is about a girl who travels with her mother and grandmother to the southern tip of India. My picture book THE SECRET CODE INSIDE YOU (Sep 14) is a child's first introduction to DNA. And MY LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK ABOUT KAMALA HARRIS releases on August 31!
Thank you so much!
Chaaya Prabhat is a graphic designer, illustrator, and lettering artist. She holds an MA in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives and works in Chennai, India.