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Highlights Press Fall 2019

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Arithmechicks Add Up
A Math Story
By (author): Ann Marie Stephens Illustrated by: Jia Liu
9781629798073 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Mathematics Aug 13, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 9.38 x 9.38 x 0.37 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROU Boyd Mills Press Boyds Mills Press
This exuberant picture book demonstrates key math concepts to children as ten math-loving chicks make a new friend.

As the Arithmechicks slide down the slide, swing on the swings, and play hide-and-seek, they don’t realize that a lonely mouse is copying them, longing to join in. However, when their basketball becomes stuck, the chicks discover that a two-inch-tall new friend is exactly what they need. In this heartwarming story, there are many ways to add up ten cheerful chicks—but a new friend is what makes them cheer. The book includes a helpful glossary that defines the eight arithmetic strategies the chicks use throughout the story, providing a playful introduction to essential math for young children and their caregivers.

Series Overview: In these engaging stories, ten math-loving chicks—the Arithmechicks—introduce key math strategies as they play. The second book, Arithmechicks Take Away, will be published in Fall 2020.

AT ONCE A FRIENDSHIP STORY, CONCEPT BOOK AND INTRODUCTION TO MATH: Written by a first-grade teacher, this book uses eight arithmetic strategies in a fun way and also explores opposites.

PERFECT FOR PARENTS WHO WANT TO HELP THEIR KIDS WITH MATH: The glossary explains—in illustrations and text—the concepts that appear in the book.

COLORFUL, ENGAGING ILLUSTRATIONS by Jia Liu’s will help readers visualize the math concepts introduced in school.

TERRIFIC READ-ALOUD: Strong rhythm and repetition throughout is irresistible.

GREAT FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: This is a playful way to reinforce lessons learned at school or at home.

Ann Marie Stephens is the author of several picture books including Scuba Dog, Cy Makes a Friend, and forthcoming titles, Arithmechicks Add Up and Arithmechicks Take Away. She has been an elementary teacher for over 28 years. She was a contributing writer for Kwame Alexander’s The Write Thing, a co-writer for Trait Crate Plus for grades 3 and 5, and has had dozens of original ideas published in Instructor and The Mailbox magazines. Represented by Emily Mitchell at Wernick and Pratt Agency, Ann Marie is a seasoned presenter for both children and adults. She blogs for teachers at When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s off scuba diving somewhere tropical. You can find her on Facebook, Ann Marie Stephens (AMStephensAuthor), and on Instagram and Twitter @AMStephens_.

Jia Liu received her MFA in illustration Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in 2016. She is also the illustrator of Terrific Tongues, her debut picture book in the United States, and Bedtime for Beasties. Visit her at

Author Residence: Fairfax, VA

Jia Liu received her MFA in illustration Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in 2016. She is also the illustrator of Terrific Tongues, her debut picture book in the United States, and Bedtime for Beasties. Visit her at

Illustrator Residence: Baltimore, MD

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“Practical application mixes with play, adding up to enjoyable learning.” – Kirkus Reviews 

“Ten young chicks make their way to the park for a day of fun, incorporating math into every playground activity…Stephens deftly interprets the usefulness of being able to quickly count and add, and Liu’s texturized digital illustrations convey all the fun of the playground alongside simple mathematical concepts. An enjoyable resource for young ones stepping up their counting game.”—Publishers Weekly

“(A) fun math story that can be used at various levels.”—School Library Journal

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