Applications Open for 2023 Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards

The grant program will award $700 to up to 32 Title I U.S. school libraries to purchase Mathical Book Prize-winning titles for their schools.

Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Award logo, with books


Applications are now open for the 2023 Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards.

Presented by the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute (SLMath) in partnership with School Library Journal (SLJ), the grant program will award $700 to up to 32 Title I U.S. school libraries to purchase Mathical Book Prize-winning titles for their schools.

The Mathical Book Prize is awarded by SLMath 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). The prize is made possible with support from the Firedoll Foundation, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, and the Guru Krupa Foundation. 

To be eligible for the Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards, schools must employ a full- or part-time librarian who meets state requirements for school library media certification and is currently employed as a media specialist, teacher librarian, or equivalent position. Winners will be determined by SLJ staff and a grant administrator.

Priority will be given to schools whose library staff demonstrate the greatest promise in using funds to advance the goals of their school library, and who are enthusiastic about encouraging students to explore a love of mathematics in their everyday lives. Diversity of geographic location and grade level of students served will be considered in the determination of a final set of winners.

The Mathical Book Prize Collections Development Awards application period closes March 12. SLJ will announce the winners on April 26.

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