A Boy Who Loves Math and Books

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This is Jonathan, a boy who loves math. His grandmother drove almost two hours to bring him to the Gaithersburg Book Festival so he could buy him his own signed copy of the book. His grandma sent me this picture and told me that she had been taking the book out of her Pennsylvania library, and bringing it down to Maryland for weekend visits. Jonathan related to it so much, she knew she had to buy him his own copy! When she saw I’d be in his own town, she made it happen.

These moments with him made my day. Partly because who doesn’t want to hold a wonderful little boy on her lap?! But mostly because this family–mother, grandmother and little boy take books so seriously. They use libraries, and they buy books. Real books that can be held on a lap. That can be read aloud to each other. That can be read again and again, favorite pictures pointed at (Fraulein!) and loved and treasured. As Jonathan’s grandma wrote in an email to me: “As my daughter says, books are not toys, so there is no limit on how many I can buy and bring.”

So I want to say thank you to The Gaithersburg Book Festival for having me, and for Jonathan’s grandma and mom for bringing him. And thank you to Politics & Prose for making all of our books available.


The Cook Prize!


I’m thrilled to report that THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH won the Cook Prize!

For details please visit the Bank Street page here. This one is extra-special to me and to the awesome LeUyen Pham because the finalists were chosen by the Bank Street Book Committee, and then the winner was voted on by epsilons! Paul would love that.


Thank you to all the teachers and librarians who helped their 3rd and 4th-grade children participate. It’s the third year for this prize. May it continue on infinitely!  

The other finalists are stellar. Check them out: 

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart, Bone by Bone by Sara Levine and Toilet by David Macaulay