2021 Mathical Book Prize

The winners of the 2021 Mathical Book Prize have been announced by the Mathematical Science Research Institute. The prize recognizes outstanding mathematical fiction and nonfiction for ages 2-18 and is selected by teachers, librarians, mathematicians and others. Here are the winners:


Lia & Luis: Who Has More? by Ana Crespo


The Animals Would Not Sleep by Sara Levine


Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math by Rajani LaRocca


How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco


Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Love Math by Jeannine Atkins

Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar

Cover image of Ritu Weds Chandni

Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar (9781949528947)

Ayesha has been looking forward to the day of her favorite cousin’s wedding. Now it is finally here and her family is getting all dressed up to dance in the baraat. Tradition was that the groom brings the baraat to the wedding, so Ayesha’s parents are worried about what the response will be to Ritu leading her baraat herself. Once at the house, Ayesha discovers that many of her family aren’t going to attend the wedding, since it’s a marriage between two women. Soon the wedding procession began with Ritu on horseback, but they are met with anger and harsh words by the people along the route. People wanted to stop the procession, which was now silent and stifled. Even Chandni joining them could not lift their spirits when someone sprayed them both with water, ruining their outfits and hair. Ayesha could not stay silent, stepping forward to say that she wanted to dance all the way despite the angry people!

It is wonderful to see a book take a wedding tradition and show how a same-sex couple can make it work. This book doesn’t shy away from the fact that people’s attitudes have not changed about gay marriage, instead making it an opportunity to show exactly what being an ally looks like, especially if you are a child.

The art in this book has is a mixture of the flatness of folk art and a modern edginess that incorporates watercolor washes and vibrant colors. The deep reds of the wedding couple’s clothes, the golds of the bangles and backgrounds, the wash of teal water and leaves all combine into a vibrant world of love and standing up for acceptance.

Get ready to dance yourself with this LGBT picture book. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Yali Books.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Feb. 12

Title: classics reissued with lower standards.

Image: five books - 

The Adequate Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith 

George’s Passable Medicine by Roald Dahl

Reasonable Expectations by Charles Dickens 

The Mediocre Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

The OK Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald


Condemning without cancelling: a response to Roald Dahl Family’s apology for his anti-Semitic comments – Intellectual Freedom Blog

Little House on the Prairie was built on Native American land – Smithsonian Magazine

Olivia Colman, Matt Smith to lead cast of BBC animated special ‘Superworm’ – Deadline


33 children’s and YA graphic novels for winter 2021 – Comics Beat

Police in libraries: what the cop-free library movement wants – Teen Vogue

Seattle Public Library’s chief librarian leaving for new job in North Carolina – Seattle Times


11 anticipated books by trans/non-binary authors – Teen Vogue

12 riveting YA books hitting shelves in February 2021 – PopSugar

An interview with Printz Award Winner Daniel Nayeri – The Hub

The movie adaptation of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona will not be completed – Tor

On “success” – Malinda Lo

Ten great young-adult fiction debuts for the next two months – Book & Film Globe