Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! My name is Kelly Darke. I am a writer, teacher, mother, lover of mathematics, and author of the Math Book Magic blog.
Over the past 16 years, I have taught math (a bit in high school, some college calculus courses, but mainly college courses for prospective and practicing K-12 teachers). In addition to teaching, I was a writer and researcher for three popular math curriculum textbook series (Connected Math, Everyday Math, and Math Trailblazers). Here is my CV if it interests.
I began writing picture books with mathematical themes when my youngest son was born. With writing math picture books, comes reading math picture books (YAY!) and studying what makes the great ones great. Thus, the Math Book Magic blog was born.
In writing this blog, my purpose is twofold:
(1) Search for and read magical math books with my children [Liam (7 1/2), Siena (5) and Landon (1)], their friends, classmates, my friend’s kids, and neighborhood kids; and
(2) Share the magic we find with teachers, parents, and the mathematically curious while providing a platform for them to share back their math book magic experiences.
I hope you will join us on this journey. The more math-book-magic seekers the better! #mathbookmagic