US organisations the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) have founded a youth book prize, called Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prizes, awarded for the first time this year, recognise the most inspiring maths-related fiction and nonfiction books aimed at young people. This year, they’ve awarded a set of prizes for books released in 2014, as well as honouring books published been 2009 and 2014, plus two ‘hall of fame’ winners from the further past.
The selection committee was chaired by maths author Jordan Ellenberg, mathematical sciences professor Rebecca Goldin, and young people’s literature ambassador Jon Scieszka. The panel comprised maths specialists, teachers, computer science professors, and chairs of organisations related to maths and young people.
The awards were classified into pre-K (under 4), grades K-2 (roughly UK KS1), grades 3-5 (KS2), grades 6-8 (KS3) and grades 9-12 (KS4/5). The list of winning books, and more information about the award, are available on the Mathical Books website.
Mathical Books: Award Winners Announced
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Children’s Book Council