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Press Release Fun: SLJ, MSRI Launch Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards

Periodically I may mention on this site that for the past couple years I have served on the Mathical Book Prize committee, presented in conjunction with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). This year I will be co-chairing the committee, so it is with extreme pleasure that I tell you about this new opportunity to get great books in schools.

Or, put another, FREE BOOKS!!! Come and get ’em!

A new award will provide grants to Title I schools to purchase literary fiction and nonfiction books that inspire a love of math. 

The Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards are presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in partnership with School Library Journal. The application period opens today.

The award enables up to 25 libraries in K–12 schools to receive $700 grants to purchase titles from the Mathical Book Prize list. To be eligible, schools must have a certified school librarian currently employed as a media specialist, teacher librarian, or equivalent position.

The PreK–12 Mathical Book Prize-winning titles include novels, biographies, chapter books, and picture books. They are chosen annually by a committee of math teachers, reading teachers, mathematicians, librarians, and others. The 2019 winners were Crash! Boom! A Math Tale by Robie H. HarrisNothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl BardoeThe Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty, and To the Moon! by Jeffrey Kluger with Ruby Shamir.

The Mathical Book Prize is presented by MSRI in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and in coordination with the Children’s Book Council.

The application period for the Mathical Book Prize Awards closes March 12. The awards will be announced on April 21. For more information, eligibility criteria, and to apply, go to

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.