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National Book Festival

Laura Overdeck received her BA in astrophysics from Princeton University and her MBA in public policy from the Wharton School. She is the founder of Bedtime Math, a nonprofit that works with community partners that support strong K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. As the creator of Bedtime Math, her goal is to pair the habit of reading with numbers by having children play fun puzzles with math problems before bed—swapping bedtime stories with bedtime math. Overdeck told Time magazine, “We want kids to feel about math the way they feel about dessert after dinner.” This mission came to fruition in her first and best-selling picture book, “Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late.” Her latest release, “Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal” (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan), continues her vision, as the book provides another exciting pathway to learning in which readers can tackle mischief-making math problems by solving riddles in child-friendly contexts ranging from waterslides to overfed pets to underwear.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Laura Overdeck