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Mathical Book Prize

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2019 Mathical Book Prize Winners!

2019 Mathical Award Winners

From the inspiring true stories of the Apollo 8 astronauts and a pioneering woman mathematician to tales of a middle school girl struck by lightning and a young elephant who loves to build towers of wooden bricks, this year’s Mathical Book Prize winners offer young readers a glimpse of the exciting—and sometimes unexpected—ways that mathematical ideas fit into the world around them.

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) announced the 2019 winners today of the Mathical Book Prize, which recognizes outstanding fiction and literary nonfiction for youth ages 2-18. The announcement took place at the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education conference, where math educators discussed strategies for incorporating literary works with mathematical content into primary and secondary school curricula.

The Mathical Prize, now in its fifth year, is selected annually by a committee of PreK-12 teachers, librarians, mathematicians, early childhood experts, and others. This year’s honorees include the following:

For Pre-Kindergarten, the Mathical Award Winner is Crash! Boom! A Math Tale, by Robie H. Harris (Candlewick Press).

For Grades K-2, the Mathical Award Winner is Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain, by Cheryl Bardoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).

For Grades 3-5, the Mathical Award Winner is The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty (Random House Children’s Books).

For Grades 6-8, the Mathical Award Winner is To the Moon! The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship, by Jeffrey Kluger and Ruby Shamir (Philomel Books for Young Readers).

The Mathical Book Prize is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and in coordination with the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

Selected winning titles are distributed to children in need in the Bay Area with the support of First Book and the Firedoll Foundation, who have also underwritten the creation of reading guides for families. The Mathical list is intended as a resource for educators, parents, librarians, children, and teens. To view the full list of Mathical titles, visit
Mathical at the National Math Festival

Mathical Authors at the 2019 National Math Festival

As part of the 2019 National Math Festival, five Mathical award-winning authors will speak and host book signings for the public on May 4 in Washington, DC. This free, all-ages event is organized by MSRI in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). To learn more about these events, visit below:

2019 Mathical Honor Books


Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

  • Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor

2019 Mathical Fall of Fame Selection

Download the complete list of Mathical Book Prize winners


Mathical Book Prize Organizers

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
In cooperation with the Children's Book Council
Children's Book Council
Educator Reading Guides by First Book

View free Educator Resource Guides for select Mathical titles created by First Book

First Book
The 2019 National Math Festival is a program of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

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