The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) of Berkeley, California has teamed up with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) to create a prize aimed at inspiring a love of math – pattern, sequence, creative order – in everyday life. Winners in the inaugural year, 2015, ranged from a steamy mystery novel whose heroine uses logic to solve puzzles, to a tour of “really big numbers,” to charming picture books on counting and sharing.
The session will focus on research demonstrating the need for such a prize, as well as on practical suggestions for activities librarians might adopt using the list, from hands-on math-art activities to book displays, and more. The exact program will be shaped in part by the 2016 list of winning titles, which will be known slightly in advance of the session and made public through a press release that day.
The Mathical selection panel is drawn from librarians, teachers, mathematicians, early childhood experts, and others. The jury selects winners in five grade-level categories: preK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. In addition to naming newly-published titles as winners in each category, the committee awards honor prizes to books published five or more years prior: the winners and honor books announced in January 2016 will include titles from 2004 forward. The aim is to build a list with enduring value for all readers.
Mathical Selection Committee members on the ALA panel, depending on availability, are likely to include Jon Scieszka, creator of guysread.org and author of Math Curse and many other favorites, as well as the inaugural National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; Katie Hendrickson, advocacy and policy manager at Code.org, former secondary mathematics teacher, doctoral candidate in mathematics education, and 2014-2015 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (she Tweets at @HendricksonKA); Dr. Herbert Ginsburg, noted early childhood learning researcher, creator of e-books for early math learning, and Jacob H. Schiff Foundations Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; and Dr. David Eisenbud, Director, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley. All four have expressed strong interest in attending, should the session be approved. Elizabeth Bird, Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library and former Youth Materials Specialist of the New York Public Library system, is a committee member as well, and will advise on shaping the panel, though her travel schedule precludes her joining in person.
Meeting Type: News You Can Use
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Children’s Literature, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Electronic Resources, Resource Sharing, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Library Type: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Public, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.