School Library Journal and MSRI Announce Winning Schools in 2020 Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards

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25 Title I school libraries to receive grants to purchase $700 in Mathical Prize-winning books

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Winners of the Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards were announced today. Twenty-five libraries in K–12 Title I schools have been selected in the inaugural Awards, presented by Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in partnership with School Library Journal (SLJ), with each to receive grants of $700 to purchase titles from the Mathical Book Prize list.

The winning school libraries represent 18 states and were chosen by SLJ from a pool of 84 applicants from elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide. Selection was based on school library staff who demonstrated the greatest promise in using funds to advance the goals of their library, and their enthusiasm for encouraging students to explore a love of mathematics in their everyday lives. The Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards are made possible with generous funding from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.

Announced in January 2020, the Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards are aimed at getting literary fiction and nonfiction inspiring a love of math into the hands of K–12 students in Title I schools in the U.S.

Recipients of the Awards are:

Baywood Elementary School, Los Osos, CA
Claremont STEM Academy, Chicago, IL
Clay Elementary School, Clay, KY
Comstock Elementary School, Kalamazoo, MI
Conrad Fischer School/Library, Elmhurst, IL
Doty Memorial Library, Worcester, VT
Gainesville Middle School, Gainesville, GA
George Westinghouse CTE High School, Brooklyn, NY
Houston Elementary, Austin, TX
Jefferson Davis County High School, Bassfield, MS
Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Charlotte, NC
Mayflower Elementary School Library, Mayflower, AR
Memorial Middle School/Media Center, Elmwood Park,    NJ
Miles Jones Elementary Media Center, Richmond, VA
Northern Middle Library, Accident, MD
Ratcliffe Elementary School Library, Henrico, VA
Robert H. Goddard Middle School 202, Queens, NY
Robert J. Richardson Middle School, Chicago, IL
Saint Marys Area Middle School, Saint Marys, PA
Schuyler Central High School Library, Schuyler, NE
Sully Elementary, Sterling, VA
Tucker High School, Tucker, GA
Washington Elementary School, Wheaton, IL
Winter Hill Community Innovation School, Somerville, MA

The Mathical Book Prize recognizes outstanding youth trade fiction and nonfiction selected to inspire a love of math in the world around us. Prize-winning books span grades PreK through 12 and feature novels, biographies, chapter books and picture books and are selected every year by a committee of math teachers, reading teachers, mathematicians, librarians, early childhood experts, and others.

With support from the Firedoll Foundation and the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, the Mathical Book Prize is presented by MSRI in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and in coordination with the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

For more information about the Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards, visit

About MSRI:
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. Located in Berkeley, California, MSRI’s mission is to advance mathematical research, foster talent, and further the appreciation of mathematics. MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field through the National Math Festival, sponsorship of Numberphile (YouTube’s most popular informal mathematics channel, with over 3.2 million subscribers), film production for public television, and the Mathical Book Prize. MSRI has created a national Math Circles movement of small organizations teaching and engaging children in math as a hobby.

About School Library Journal:
School Library Journal, a MSI Information Services publication, is the premiere journal for librarians and information specialists who work with children and teens. A source of quality journalism and reviews for more than 60 years, SLJ produces award-winning features and news coverage on: literacy, best practices, technology, education policy and other issues of interest to the school library and greater educator community. SLJ evaluates a broad range of resources, from books and digital content to databases, in 6000+ reviews published annually. For more information, visit

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