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Arithmechicks Take a Calculation Vacation

A Math Story

Ann Marie Stephens, Jia Liu (Illustrator)


List Price: 12.99*
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This playful picture book demonstrates key math concepts to children in a merry story featuring the Arithmechicks, ten math-loving chicks.  

The Arithmechicks are headed to the beach! Their good friend Mouse is going to compete in a sandcastle contest. The chicks are excited to play all sorts of beach games—including volleyball and surfing—as they cheer on Mouse. Readers are invited to add and subtract as these math-loving chicks also explore fact families—and to watch as Mouse, along with their new friend Crab, create a magnificent sandcastle! Will they win a prize?
This book includes a helpful glossary that defines fact families, providing a playful introduction to essential math for young children and their caregivers.  

Astra Young Readers, 9781635925289, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2022

About the Author

Ann Marie Stephens 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. She blogs for teachers at You can find her on Facebook, Ann Marie Stephens (AMStephensAuthor), and on Instagram and Twitter.

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