Mathical books inspire a love of math by connecting with children’s interests, from magic, sports, art, music, and poetry, to biography, adventure, graphic novels, and of course, picture books for the very young.
These titles are as varied as the intersection between literature and mathematics — that is to say, they encompass picture books, novels, poetry collections, puzzle books, biographies, and more! Each year’s winners and honor books join a selective and ever-growing list of new and previously published fiction and non-fiction titles for youth.
A single title will be awarded the Mathical Book Prize annually in each of five grade-level categories each year. Additional titles may be named as Honor Books across the same categories:
- Grades K-2
- Grades 3-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
Books are chosen to support students’ pleasure reading by encouraging the independent pursuit of the joy, beauty, and power of mathematics in the world around us. Titles are suited for library collections, informal learning settings, and classroom studies.
Both literary merit and mathematical interest must be present for a book to be eligible for the prize. Creative approaches that embrace math as logic and problem solving, math as the finding of patterns, and math as critical and artistic thinking, are encouraged.
Critical Issues in Mathematics Education Workshop
In most years since 2018, the Mathical Book Prize awards announcement has taken place in conjunction with the annual Critical Issues in Mathematics Education (CIME) conference in Berkeley, California at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
This series of workshops addresses key problems in education today. They are designed to engage mathematicians, mathematics education researchers, and K-12 teachers as participants.