2020 Mathical Winners

The winners of the 2020 Mathical Book Prize have been announced. The award is given by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and includes fiction and nonfiction for ages 2-18. Here are the 2020 winners and honor books in each category:

PRE-K WINNER

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read

 

GRADES K-2 WINNER

Pigeon Math by Asia Citro, illustrated by Richard Watson

 

GRADES 3-5 WINNER

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

 

GRADES 9-12 WINNER

Slay by Brittney Morris

 

PRE-K HONOR BOOKS

Round by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

One Happy Tiger by Catherine Rayner

Animal Shapes by Christopher Silas Neal

 

GRADES K-2 HONOR BOOKS

Is 2 a Lot?: An Adventure with Numbers by Annie Watson

Count on Me by Miguel Tanco

 

GRADES 3-5 HONOR BOOK

DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson by Ebony Joy Wilkins

 

GRADES 6-8 HONOR BOOK

All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall

Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan

Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan

Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan, illustrated by Saffa Khan (9781452180199)

This lovely bedtime book has text inspired by the Quran. The book has a repeating structure with each double-page illustration accompanied by a line that starts with “Inshallah you…” The book focuses on a day in a child’s life, surrounded by a loving family. The family wakes up, goes for a walk, and visits a neighbor in need. They read books together, play with friends, and garden. There are lots of activities like swimming, riding a bike and even more playing with others before the book ends with bedtime and stories. 

These universal childhood experiences are made deeper and more meaningful with the words that accompany them, each noted with characteristics that they represent like thoughtfulness, kindness, safety, and faith. The illustrations are vibrant and impactful, showing a Muslim family go about their day. Done in reds, yellows and blues, the illustrations are full of color and celebrate parental love. 

A warm, rich and beautiful look at a Muslim family. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from copy provided by Chronicle Books.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells: March 13

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

20 must-read children’s books about immigration – Book Riot

2020 books by Caldecott winners – School Library Journal

Ann Grifalconi, whose children’s books bridged cultures, dies at 90 – The New York Times

Children’s books for an election year – Publishers Weekly

A new era for children’s literature (featuring the amazing CCBC at UW-Madison!) – OnWisconsin

Ten best Irish children’s books of 2019 revealed – Irish Times

 

LIBRARIES

Turning libraries into community hubs ‘to blame for decline’ in use, says Coates – The Bookseller

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TEEN LIT

The 10 best young adult books of March 2020 – Paste

20 best Asian American YA books to read in 2020 – Book Riot

Laurie Halse Anderson announces “Wonder Women in History,” a YA graphic novel anthology – School Library Journal

Movie Alert – ‘Stargirl’ – Publishers Weekly