14 July 2020

Book by Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Wins Award

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards is a worldwide book competition by Story Monsters that was created in 2009 to celebrate the best in children’s books.

Congratulations to Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Summer Bateiha and Associate Professor of English Sadia Mir, whose book "Spring Bloom" has won joint first prize in the General category at the Purple Dragonfly book awards.

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards is a worldwide book competition by Story Monsters that was created in 2009 to celebrate the best in children’s books. Story Monsters, which is home to the award-winning Story Monsters Ink magazine, is a literary resource for teachers, librarians, and parents.

"Spring Bloom" explores storytelling as a pedagogical tool to teach math in a nontraditional way. When stories are told in the mathematics classroom, the subject comes to life. Students begin to understand the purpose of learning the content, and mathematics becomes something greater than a plethora of irrelevant facts and formulas that are meant to be memorized, applied, and repeated.

"Spring Bloom" is published by HBKU Press.

Summer and Sadia at Doha International Book Fair at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in January 2020 where they gave a book reading of their new book, "Spring Bloom". Photograph by Raviv Cohen.

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