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Book An Author
Mary Bleckwehl grew up in a large farm family with a love of the outdoors and rolling hills of
northeast Iowa. As a writer, she draws on her imagination and childhood experiences in addition
to her years of parenting and teaching. Mary's first three published books are her award-winning
picture books, Henry you're late AGAIN, Henry you're hungry AGAIN? and Claire's Hair, which
showcase the humor and empathy she sees in children. She craves variety and also writes
nonfiction and fiction for the middle grade audience. In 2022 Mary had five new books published,
including her debut novel for upper middle grade, The Worry Knot. She has five nonfiction books:
The Birthday Cookbook and four books in The Awesome Disgusting Careers series from Black Rabbit
Books. In 2023, a new middle grade novel will be released as well as another picture book in
2024. Passionate about promoting literacy, Mary works to inspire young readers and writers to
dream big and look for opportunities to take on challenges.
Mary is available for in-person and virtual visits Monday through Thursday for ages 0 to 12, and
her presentations include a character dress-up.
Chiêu Anh Urban
Chiêu Anh Urban is an author/illustrator, award-winning graphic designer, and novelty format
designer. She specializes in developing interactive, playful books that provide fun learning
and exploration for the youngest readers. Chiêu's novelty titles include 123 ZOOM and ABC
ROAR (2022) with Little Simon/S&S and board book series ILLUSIONS IN ART (2023) with
Candlewick Press. She is the creator of Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!, Color Wonder Winter
is Here!, Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms, Away We Go! and Raindrops. Chiêu holds
a BFA in Communications Art and Design from VCU School of Arts.
Chiêu is available for in-person visits, and her presentations include an interactive story
time and book-themed related crafts.
Book Awards You Need to Know
The Mathical Book Prize embodies the best of math literature in hopes of inspiring a love of
mathematics for children and teens. The prize includes picture books, novels, poetry
collections, puzzle books, biographies, and more. Winners are distributed by grade-level
categories: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Educators will appreciate that winners are selected by a committee of teachers, librarians,
mathematicians, and others. The Mathical Book Prize is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences
Research Institute (MSRI) in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). The prize
is awarded 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 a listing of past winners, visit
2022 Mathical Prize Winners
1 Smile, 10 Toes by Nelleke Verhoeff
Create silly creatures and count along the way with this unique split-page book. Young
readers can match heads to a variety of tails and legs to compose quirky characters. Each
flap presents a new opportunity for counting and learning vocabulary words for body parts!
Uma Wimple Charts Her House by Reif Larsen and Ben Gibson
Uma's been making charts since she was a little kid. But when her teacher gives the class
Uma's dream assignment–to make a chart of their own homes–she is thrown for a loop. Oh, the
possibilities! Oh, the pressure! What makes a house housey? she wonders. In order to figure
it out, she asks each member of her family–Mom, Dad, and brothers Rex, Bram, and Lukey. But
it's not until she has a meltdown and Lukey comforts her that Uma figures out the secret to
her chart–and her family. It's the love that is shared inside a house's walls. Told in
first-person and featuring engaging graphic artwork, this fun and lively picture
book–perfect for classroom use–is a reminder that someone's true home is not a place, but
rather the people with whom you surround yourself.
Maryam's Magic by Megan Reid
As a little girl, Maryam Mirzakhani was spellbound by stories. She loved reading in Tehran's
crowded bookstores, and at home she'd spend hours crafting her own tales on giant rolls of
paper. Maryam loved school, especially her classes in reading and writing. But she did not
like math. Numbers were nowhere near as interesting as the bold, adventurous characters she
found in books. Until Maryam unexpectedly discovered a new genre of storytelling: In
geometry, numbers became shapes, each with its own fascinating personality—making every
equation a brilliant story waiting to be told. As an adult, Maryam became a professor,
inventing new formulas to solve some of math's most complicated puzzles. And she made
history by becoming the first woman—and the first Iranian—to win the Fields Medal,
mathematics' highest award. Maryam's Magic is the true story of a girl whose creativity and
love of stories helped her—and the world—to see math in a new and inspiring way.
AfterMath by Emily Barth Isler
After her brother's death from a congenital heart defect, twelve-year-old Lucy is not
prepared to be the new kid at school―especially in a grade full of survivors of a shooting
that happened four years ago. Without the shared past that both unites and divides her
classmates, Lucy feels isolated and unable to share her family's own loss, which is
profoundly different from the trauma of her peers. Lucy clings to her love of math, which
provides the absolute answers she craves. But through budding friendships and an
after-school mime class, Lucy discovers that while grief can take many shapes and sadness
may feel infinite, love is just as powerful.
No winner was selected, only honor books.
The full list of books chosen in 2022, winners and honor books, can
be found at