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

The Cook Prize


The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos is a Cook Prize finalist!

What is the Cook Prize? It’s a new(ish) award given by Bank Street for STEM picture books. Here’s the Cook Prize Page.

And please see this post for the other beautiful finalists! Congratulations to them, and to Bank Street for initiating this prize. And if you’re a teacher in 3rd or 4th grade, please have your students vote!… Read more

Infinitely Happy and Grateful

I remember when my brother taught me about infinity. It was a concept that had me upset for some reason. And I couldn’t grok it. How could something go on forever and ever? In true big-brother fashion, Phil said: “Imagine that you ride your tricycle around the block and never stop.” I stared at him: “NEVER STOP?” This made me so sad. I’d never be able to sit at the kitchen table again? Never be able to hug my mommy and daddy? How could this be a good thing?

“That’s right, NEVER,” he said, possibly laughing menacingly, looking at my scared little face.… Read more

Happy 100th Birthday, Paul Erdos!

Today is the 100th anniversary of  the birth of mathematician Paul Erdos.

Check out this wonderful blog at The New York Times about Erdos and my book! 

I wrote here yesterday that today I would write more. I was wrong–at least for now. Yesterday I was making food for our seder. Today I am cleaning up from the seder. Paul Erdos, by the way, though Jewish, was not exactly the most religious guy. He referred to God as the Supreme Fascist. THAT is not in the book. 

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The Next Big Thing Blog Tour


What is the Next Big Thing? It is an author blog tour. What’s a blog tour? A blog tour gives those on the tour a chance to meet different authors by way of their blogs. The Next Big Thing began in Australia. Each week a different author answers specific questions about his or her upcoming book. The answers are posted on author’s blogs. Then we get to tag another author. On and on it goes.

The tour came to me from Tanya Lee Stone over on INK. She was tagged by our mutual friend Elizabeth Winthrop. She was tagged by her friend Eric Kimmel.Read more

Two Nice things to Share

I should be packing for Las Vegas (a sentence I never thought I’d write). But before I do, I just want to share two things. First, Intentions made this very cool list: Booklist’s Top Ten Books for Youth on Religion and Spirituality. I am so happy about this!

And yesterday I got a few copies of the Advanced Reader’s Edition of THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. In my completely unbiased opinion. Here’s the shot I took in the lobby of the Flatiron building:

If you’re going to ALAN, please find me! I’ll be talking with Francisco Stork about Religion in YA on Tuesday at 2:40.… Read more