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.… Read more

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 MacaulayRead more

An Unfair Fight

In this corner: Jeff Bezos and Amazon, trying to control prices for all electronic books from all publishers. (His warm-up robe is mink.) In that corner: John Sargent, trying to retain the right for Macmillan  (and other publishers) to set their own prices for electronic books the way they do for “regular” books. (His robe silk, but worn.) Bezos and Sargent have trainers, funding, padded boxing gloves. It may or may not be a fair fight. Bezos wears mink, but Sargent has guts. He is not known to back down.


It’s a pretty big crowd watching: 


Other publishers (some in the high-priced seats, some sitting on laps), Barnes and Noble (in the box seats), Borders (in the medium-priced seats, which they got from scalpers), Independent Booksellers (in the cheap seats, or standing room only, or at a local bar, way in the back, wishing they could have a beer while they watch).Read more