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Aug 01, 2019 2019-08-01

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Fiction and Nonfiction Books to Inspire a Love of Mathematics

The Mathical Book Prize recognizes outstanding fiction and literary nonfiction related to mathematics for youth aged 2–18. The intent of the prize is to engage youth in the power and beauty of mathematics—to give them confidence to consider and solve arithmetic, spatial, logical, structural, and algebraic problems; to see that math can be employed to better understand and appreciate the wonders of nature and human artistic expression (in fine art and music, for example). The award-winning titles are selected by a nationwide committee of mathematicians, educators, librarians, early childhood experts, and others. The prize is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, in coordination with the Children’s Book Council. Each year’s selections join a growing list of stories ranging from picture books and graphic novels to chapter books and young adult literature. Teachers can explore the collection of stories—68 titles are listed to date—and accompanying resources, such as book reviews, author interviews, links to author pages, and activities and lessons. The story collection is organized by the year the prize was awarded and age range.

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