Math is more than numbers and equations! The Mathical Book Prize is an annual award for fiction and nonfiction books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them.
Award-winning Mathical titles are selected by a nationwide committee of mathematicians, educators, librarians, early childhood experts, and others. Each year’s selections join a growing list of stories ranging from picture books and graphic novels to chapter books and young adult literature. Explore our collection of stories for ages 2-18, with 80 titles to date.
Submissions are now closed for the 2021 Mathical Book Prize. Winners will be announced in January 2021.
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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). Learn more →
2015-2020 Mathical Award Winners
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Mathical titles are promoted nationally among librarians, K-12 teachers, parents, mathematicians, early childhood educators, and science museums, as well as at math events including the National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. All are welcome to suggest titles for Mathical Honor Book status→
Mathical titles are provided to disadvantaged youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, and are accessible to after-school educators of underserved youth nationally through the First Book network and through our partner organizations.