SLJ, MSRI Launch Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards

The awards offer grants to Title I schools to purchase titles from the Mathical Book Prize list.

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

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