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National Math Festival underway in D.C.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Math-related children's books are being awarded a new literature prize as the National Math Festival begins.

The Children's Book Council and Berkeley, California-based Mathematical Sciences Research Institute are awarding the Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens prizes Friday in Washington. The prize honors books that foster a love and curiosity for math.

For Pre-K readers, the winner is "Have You Seen My Dragon?" a counting book by Steve Light. For grades K-2, the winner is "One Big Pair of Underwear" by Laura Gehl, which involves counting and sharing.

For grades 3-5 and 6-8, the winner is "Really Big Numbers" by Richard Evan Schwartz. This American Mathematical Society book offers a look at gigantic numbers.

For grades 9-12, the winner is "Nearly Gone" by Elle Cosimano, a murder-mystery story.

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