Sunday, June 23, 2013

Please Help Out Some Local Teachers Publish Their First Book :)

 Meet Rachael Adams and Rachel Lackey

They need your help! 

Please take the time to read about their dream of getting their
L&W Detective Agency 
 Math books illustrated and published.

L&W Detective Agency is a series of math books for children. The series focuses on two birds, Layla and Wilson, who fly around the world helping students with Math problems. This series is aligned with the new Common Core Standards in Math.

We began our teaching journey together at a small urban school in Winston-Salem, NC teaching third grade. It was a unique experience because Rachael Adams taught a class of all girls and Rachel Lackey taught a class of all boys. We developed a professional friendship that blossomed into a personal one as well. Because it was such a small school, we relied on each others' talents to help create a successful year for our students. Since then Rachel Lackey got married and moved to another town to teach fourth grade, while Rachael Adams continued to teach at the small urban school.

Over our years of experience teaching, we have noticed a great need for interest-grabbing picture books that explain difficult math concepts to students. With the release of the Common Core Standards to North Carolina, we see an even larger need to provide teachers, parents, and students with grade-appropriate picture books centered on math.

We are also bird lovers. Rachel Lackey owns a cockatiel named Wilson and a parakeet named Bonnie, while Rachael Adams owns an Indian Ringneck named Layla and a parakeet named Aussie.

Since becoming personal friends, we still continue to meet and enjoy each others' company. One afternoon we were discussing school issues, and Rachel Lackey mentioned a gap she noticed in regards to mathematic-themed picture books. We began to brainstorm ideas and came up with the L&W Detective Agency using our birds, Layla and Wilson.

From there, the idea "took flight", and we have been creating children's stories for kindergarten. The dream is that we will eventually have math stories for grades K-5 that align to the Common Core Standards.

We have recently started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the illustrations and publication costs for the first book. To see our project, go to our Kickstarter page:

Click on the link to donate to their project!

Watch the video to learn more about their book. 


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  2. I am also in NC, ladies, right up the road in Vance County. (Henderson) I teach in the school I attended as a child. This sounds like such a wonderful idea! I wish you all the luck in the world! If you ever need an editor, I'm your woman!!


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