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:
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, 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.