Sage Professor’s “Bean Thirteen” Book Receives National Accolades

November 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

ALBANY, NY – Sage associate professor Matthew McElligott’s book “Bean Thirteen” is featured in a paper published in the November issue of the journal Teaching Children Mathematics. The children’s book is being used as a mathematics teaching tool in classrooms. McElligott, who wrote and illustrated “Bean Thirteen,” teaches Graphic and Media Design at The Sage Colleges.

The paper, “Sharing Beans with Friends” was published in the November journal by Dr. Clare Bell. Bell asserts the value of using children’s literature, specifically “Bean Thirteen,” as a basis for introducing complex math concepts to children. 

“I was thrilled and honored to learn that ‘Bean Thirteen’ would be the focus of Dr. Bell's paper,” said McElligott.  “‘Bean Thirteen’ was always intended to be a book that would appeal both as a story and as an introduction to the mathematical concepts of division, remainders, and prime numbers. Since the book was published in 2007, classroom teachers have written me to share the ways they've used the book in the classroom, but Dr. Bell's paper takes this to a whole new level.”Matthew McElligott’s self-illustration

McElligott, who is a native of the Capital Region, has been writing and illustrating   children’s books for 15 years. His most recent publications include “Even Aliens Need Snacks” and “Benjamin Franklinstein Meets Thomas Deadison.” Learn more about McElligott and his publications at

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