The Mathical Book Prize is given annually to the outstanding fiction and nonfiction for youth ages 2-18. The prize is selected by a committee of PreK-12 teachers, librarians, mathematicians, and early childhood experts. Here are the 2019 winners and honor books for each age category:
Crash! Boom! A Math Tale by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Chris Chatterton
WINNER GRADES K-2
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe, illustrated by Barbara McClintock
WINNER GRADES 3-5
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
WINNER GRADES 6-8
To the Moon! The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship by Jeffrey Kluger and Ruby Shamir
HONOR BOOKS PRE-K
Press Here by Hervé Tullet
100 Bugs! A Counting Book by Kate Narita
HONOR BOOKS GRADES K-2
3×4 by Ivan Brunetti
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca
When Sophie Thinks She Can’t by Molly Bang
HONOR BOOKS GRADES 3-5
Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics by Steve Jenkins
Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race by Rebecca Rissman
HONOR BOOK GRADES 6-8
If You Find This by Matthew Baker
HONOR BOOK GRADES 9-12
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson (9780698195264)
On the 20th anniversary year of her ground-breaking teen novel Speak, Anderson has written a searing book of poetry that chronicles her own journey to having a voice and speaking out. Thanks to the subject matter of Speak, Anderson is trusted by many of the teens she speaks before to hear their own stories of abuse and rape. Surely over the decades, something has changed. Has it? In this nonfiction work of verse, Anderson opens up about her own childhood and parents, her own experience with sexual assault and rape, the sexual harassment of college campuses from students and professors alike, and so much more. Her book is a call to action, to rage alongside her, and to not be silent.
Anderson’s poetry slams into you like a freight train. She does have some poems that are subtle and more introspective, but the ones that rush and insist are the best here. Her anger fuels this entire book, her call to be better, to raise sons who do right, to speak and shout and yell. She is so honest on these pages, allowing the teens and others who have spoken to her to have space in the book too. In a book that could have felt like too much pain, it is instead action oriented and forceful.
Anderson’s verse is incredibly skilled. She tells poignant stories, both her own and other people’s. She shares insights, yells at those she evaded once, demands changes and shows how very vital one angry voice can be for change. This is a book that every woman should read, teens and adults. It’s one to return to for fuel to fight on when you are spent.
Brilliant, courageous and heart breaking, this book is one that belongs in every library. Appropriate for ages 14-adult.
Reviewed from ARC provided by Penguin Young Readers.