Mathical Book Award Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Mathical Book Award, but will close on November 3.

Here’s what they say:

The Mathical Book Prize recognizes outstanding trade fiction and literary nonfiction written for very young children through teenagers.

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.

A single title will be awarded the Mathical Book Prize annually in each of five grade-level categories. Additional titles may be named as Honor Books across the same categories:
• Pre-K
• 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.

Before you enter, I encourage you to look at previous winners on their site. This will save you from wasting both your time and theirs. However, if you have a book that you feel is appropriate for the award, you can enter through their Google Form.

Are awards like this worth it? I enter my books in appropriate awards whenever possible, and books that win are often my best sellers. I do vet the awards because it’s a buyer-beware world out there! Many awards require entry fees and bring little recognition. The Mathical Award, though, is sponsored by the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and in coordination with The Children’s Book Council. It charges no entry fee. It’s an award that I’d love to have my books win!

Here are some of the 2017 Winners

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