Cats of the World RELEASE

After a hiccup with publication, Cats of the World is now available on Amazon! This newest book introduces readers to various cats from around the world. Readers learn an interesting fact about a different cat in each spread. As always, math is embedded into the book as students hunt for and count the animals. Each spread can be broken up into different groups that add up to the total. This helps students develop their number sense through the composing and decomposing of numbers.

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Kindergarten Common Core Standard:
Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.
Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.

Passed on by a reader

There are few things cooler than a reader passing on an article that reminded them of your work. Here’s some food for thought.

In the end, reading math storybooks and storybooks with embedded math can stimulate your child’s thinking, language and enjoyment. Reading can involve you and the child in an intellectual adventure in exploring mathematical ideas. Reading can help you bond with the child. Reading can provide a warm blanket for the child’s mathematical knowledge and provide insights into the child’s mind.

If you do it well, reading math storybooks can set the stage for meaningful math achievement in school during the years to come.

Read the whole article here -> Math in Storybooks

Try This Lesson with Your Students!

Children will participate in a whole group literacy based mathematics activity to reinforce one to one correspondence skills and supplement previous addition knowledge. Using The Addisons and Double Trouble Aquarium students will complete mathematics tasks along side Addie Addison. The students will count objects on the page, represent and solve their own addition problems, and check their work with Addie Addison’s.

Download here! Double Trouble Math Lesson Plan & Equation Sheet

Also easily done with “The Addisons Go Skiing”!

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Proud to announce the release of the second book!

The Addisons and Double Trouble Aquarium available now on Amazon!


Kayleigh is excited to share with you the newest addition to the Addisons series.  Here is the release of The Addisons and Double Trouble Aquarium. Join Addie Addison on adventures through Double Trouble Aquarium as she admires the beautiful marine life and adds along the way.  Check out the summary on Amazon and don’t forget to buy yours today!

Announcing the release of her first book!


The Addisons Go Skiing ~ Now Available on Amazon

Kayleigh is proud to announce the release of her first children’s picture book, “The Addisons Go Skiing”.  In this book, Addie Addison is ready for a day of skiing with her family. Along with her skis and poles, she takes her love for math to the slopes. Throughout the day, Addie showcases her math skills adding everything she sees. Spend a day with Addie on Snowdrift Mountain adding the things she encounters. Join in for twice the fun.

As the reader travels through a day of skiing at the mountain, they will be presented with different addition equations.  These equations are represented with images the child can use to count, add, and ultimately solve the addition problems.  Every equation ends with an answer from Addie and a visual of the objects added together.

The book features a strong female lead character with a passion for math, particularly addition.  Addie can help to build young girls interest in math and hopes to encourage a more equal math proficiency in the genders.

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A little bit about the author

Kayleigh Donnelly has a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware and is in her final semester of a Masters of Ed. in Elementary Education program at Lehigh University.  While taking classes, she worked as a tutor, full time nanny, and/or assistant teacher.  Through her teaching experiences in various classrooms across Delaware and Pennsylvania and conversations with colleagues, a demand for more mathematics based children’s literature for home and classroom use became apparent.

It was from these conversations that the Addison family, and specifically Addie Addison, was born. In her debut book, Kayleigh Donnelly, with Addie’s help, looks to encourage math proficiency in both genders at an early age and help to develop a strong connection between literacy and mathematics.

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