2021 Festival

Jennifer Swender

Jennifer Swender is a graduate of Yale University and received her master’s from Teachers College at Columbia University. She was also a teacher; she has worked in New York City and Houston public schools, and is a Teach for America alumna. She is the author of Solving for M, a Mathical Award Winner for Grades 3-5.

2021 Festival

Mathical Reading: Solving for M

When Mika starts fifth grade at the middle school, her neat life gets messy. Separated from old friends and starting new classes, Mika is far from her comfort zone. And math class is the most confusing of all, especially when her teacher Mr. Vann assigns math journals. Art in math? Who’s ever heard of such a thing?

But when challenges arise at home, Mika realizes there are no easy answers. Maybe, with some help from friends, family, and one unique teacher, a math journal can help her work out problems, and not just the math ones.