Storybook Readings Scheduled at Boys & Girls Clubs and Nonprofits for Children

December 20, 2021 | ParenteBeard

‘Tis the Season to be Counting: Accounting Firm ParenteBeard Publishes Holiday-Themed Children’s Book

Firm Leaders to Read “Making the Holidays Count” to Boys & Girls Clubs And Nonprofits for Children Throughout the Country

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – December 12, 2021 – ParenteBeard, a top 25 accounting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, today announced the release of “Making the Holidays Count,” a holiday-themed children’s book written and published collectively by leaders at the firm, that addresses the importance of math.  For children of all ages, the book tells the tale of first grade student Emma Neezer,  a little girl who dislikes math and believes its getting in the way of her holiday fun.  Everything changes one starry night, when Emma is visited by the Countess, a magical fairy-like character who takes her on a thrilling journey where Emma discovers that numbers make the world go round, and truly make the holidays count.

The book is designed to get children excited about math at an early age as national math scores continue to lag behind those of other countries. As part of the release of the book, ParenteBeard leaders across the country will be reading it to local chapters of the Boys & Girls Club of America and nonprofits throughout the country.

“This book represents a collective effort of our incredible team of accountants and consultants who think outside of the box each and every day and continue to prove the power of making things count,” said Bob Ciaruffoli, CEO of ParenteBeard. “As accountants and parents, many of us realize that math and numbers are often perceived by children as overwhelming and uninspiring.  It’s our goal to help children embrace math and the magic it creates over the holidays and all year round.”

In 2011, the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that only 40 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eighth graders are “proficient” in math. These numbers place the U.S. behind 31 other countries in math proficiency.

“At ParenteBeard we have a keen understanding that a significant mathematical deficit exists among our children in the United States,” said Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Ferro.  “Through ‘Making the Holidays Count’ we hope to get children excited about math at an early age and help inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”

Firm leaders from offices throughout ParenteBeard’s footprint in the MidAtlantic region will participate in live readings of “Making the Holidays Count” to chapters of the Boys & Girls Club of America and nonprofits for children, leading up to Christmas Day. They will also spend a few minutes talking about math and how important it can be.  A number of the books will be donated to these nonprofits and a free digital version of the book will be available online for anyone who wants to read it under the News section at

“Making the Holidays Count” was a collaborative effort by leaders at ParenteBeard and features illustrations by David J. Drotleff.

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ParenteBeard is ranked among the top 25 accounting firms in the U.S. A leader in providing CPA and business advisory services to small businesses, middle market companies, nonprofits and SEC registrants, ParenteBeard has 1,100 professionals located throughout the Mid Atlantic region. As an independent member of Baker Tilly International, ParenteBeard is proud to provide the highest level of service to clients nationally and internationally.