Sue VanHattum’s blog *Math Mama Writes* was one of the earliest math blogs I frequented. Sue and Shireen, Dan, Kate, and Sam were among the first people who showed me – through their passionate writing – that there was an online community where we may share the teaching and learning of mathematics in the classroom.

When I started this blog, Sue dropped in to leave a comment or two. Or five. We even talked on the phone, and she shared with me how her son got his name. I remember reading someone’s post and wanting to leave a comment because I connected with the piece and its author in some small way, and inevitably I would find that Sue had already left a comment. This happened over and over again. I felt we were reading the same stuff; and the same stuff touched us in similar ways.

Then, within a year Sue asked if I would like one of my posts to appear in a book she was putting together.

So, it’s with much love and honor that I get to help launch Sue’s new book:

brings together the stories of over thirty authors who share their math enthusiasm with their communities, families, or students. After every chapter is a puzzle, game, or activity to get you and your kids playing with math too.Playing With Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers

To know Sue is to know that she loves teaching and learning mathematics, and she loves writing, therefore this book – this work of consummate love – has to happen.

** Playing With Math** is really a collection of love stories because the authors, including yours truly, want to share something we’re pretty crazy about. It’s the stuff we do beyond the regular school day – we play with math after hours, at the dinner table, on a napkin at the coffee shop, with our own child or with a neighbor’s child, at a family picnic, with our in-laws whom we don’t even like.

So, today is the first day of our crowd-funding campaign to cover production costs. We’re hoping to find support in our community of teachers and parents and math connoisseurs – a community of people whom I adore and respect. You can contribute anything from $1 to $1 billion. But for a contribution of $25, this wonderful book will be sent to you as soon as it’s printed. Please see more details here.

Thank you so very much.