The selection panel featured mathematicians, teachers, librarians, early childhood experts, and others. Together they evaluated books of all kinds, from picture books and novels to narrative nonfiction, that foster an enjoyment of math — with an emphasis on literary quality; substantial and/or inspirational math content; and a clear, accurate, and inviting approach to mathematics.
The Mathical list is divided into four school-grade categories. Below are the 2016 winners and honorees.
- 8: An Animal Alphabet, written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper
- Max’s Math, by Kate Banks (author) and Boris Kulikov (illustrator)
- Secret Coders, by Gene Yuen Lang and Mike Holmes
- Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep!, by Lucy Cousins
- The Boy Who Loved Math, by Deborah Heiligman (author) and LeUyen Pham (illustrator)
- Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones (author) and Katie Kath (illustrator)
- Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals are Big and Little Animals are Little, by Nicola Davies (author) and Neal Layton (illustrator)
- Innovators in Action: Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over, by Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. (author) and Worachet Boon Sakprayoonpong (illustrator)
- The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel, by Deborah Hopkinson
- The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster (author) and Jules Feiffer (illustrator