About City Creek Press

In 1992, while operating the Sylvan Learning Center in Bountiful, Utah, Judy Liautaud was determined to discover the best ways to learn times tables in an effort to help students remember the facts so they could move ahead in math lessons.

Judy and her then partner, Dave, researched creative ways to teach times tables and came up with the famous picture and story method. At the time, it was unlike any other type of teaching material that existed. It connected visual images, stories, and songs to mundane number facts to make learning fun and memorable. After flashing cards at students until she was blue in the face, Judy taught the story of the 8 snowmen. During the next math lesson, the student remembered the answer. Other teachers at the center were delighted when they received the same results. Finally the kids could remember the math facts. Now the teachers at the center could move ahead with math lessons.

Judy Liautaud

Helping Students Learn

Times Alive sample

These exciting results led us to create our first publication, Times Tables the Fun Way, in 1992. Our second book, Addition the Fun Way, soon followed, and also became popular with teachers and students during math teaching.

Eventually we developed a series of math books that kept learning math fresh and engaging. Our lessons are made up of lively cartoons, songs, books, audiobooks, workbooks, clue cards, posters, and digital downloads.

All of the City Creek Press resources are created with the proven method that we developed years ago. Studies showed that by using the picture and story method, retention of math facts is increased by 95% for students ages six and older. The City Creek Press method has also been proven to be especially effective for kids with dyslexia, kids with ADHD, and other learning differences.

By developing fun and engaging teaching materials, City Creek Press has increased the desire for learning in our kids. Our goal has remained the same since we created our first math book in 1992—provide all students a way to succeed in math so they can develop confidence and feel more capable and smarter overall.