Betsy Franco, Children's Book Author/Actor

Mathematickles!

Mathematickles are math haiku that tickle your brain. Fun words take the place of numbers in all sorts of math problems. Math becomes playful, beautiful, sassy, and creative in this whimsical romp through the seasons!

crisp air
shadows tall
+ cat's thick coat
signs of fall


dandelions x wind = white wishes


nest
- bird
stringfeatherstwigsleaves



It's fun to write your own mathematickles. Here are some by young poets:


hermit crab
- shell
very sad hermit crab

second grader


many flowers + many sands + many leaves = my garden
Japanese ESL student


maggot x time = fly
Kevin Ashworth, 5th grade



Additive Identity:
Someone + noone = someone

Lindsay Miller, 8th grade algebra



Additive Property of Equality
If paper = trees
then recycled paper = recycled trees

Jane Laira. 8th grade algebra



Junior Library Guild Selection
Children's Book Club of the Month


To purchase call 1-800-223-2336 or visit www.simonsayskids.com


Selected Books

1.YA novel
Forthcoming: illustrated by Tom Franco, audio version by James and Dave Franco
2. poetry
"An amazing collection...cover(s) all things cat."
--Booklife
4. teen-written anthology
"The vertigo-inducing realm of romantic love is captured in this unforgettable collection..."
3. Picture book
"Franco's spirited poems...Jenkins' masterful collage work."
--Booklist, starred review
6. picture book
"Celebrate the free concert that birds perform..."
--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
7. picture book
"Word lovers might stand a better chance of becoming math lovers..."
-Horn Book, starred review
8. children's poetry
"the bouncy, humorous poems include an amazing variety of math concepts ...delivered with a light touch"
--Kirkus Review
5. teen-written poetry anthologies
"...honest, raw and sometimes tender selections..."
-School Library Journal