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Photos from The Cook Prize

May 18, 2012

Yesterday morning was a very exciting one at Bank Street.  It marked the very first time that The Cook Prize was bestowed for excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) picture books for children ages eight to ten.  Children voted for their favorite book out of four finalists.

Once more, the four finalists were –

  • Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)
  • Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Thomas F. Yezerski (FSG, 2011)
  • The Honeybee Man by Lela Nagri, illustrated by Krysten Brooker (Schwartz & Wade/Random House, 2011)
  • About Hummingbirds: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill (Peachtree, 2011)

The children selected Melissa Sweet’s Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) as their winner.  While Melissa was unable to attend the event, her gracious words of thanks were read by her publicist.  Finalists who spoke about their work were Thomas F. Yezerski, author & illustrator of Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story (FSG, 2011); and Lela Nagri, author of The Honeybee Man (Schwartz & Wade/Random House, 2011).

Author and illustrator Brian Floca attended and contributed a few words and visuals about how he created The Cook Prize seal, now proudly displayed on the honored books. If you weren’t able to participate in the vote this year, we hope you do next year. Finalists will be announced in early 2013.  For more about The Cook Prize, please visit our website

School for Children librarian and Center for Children’s Literature director, Lisa Von Drasek welcomes everyone to The Cook Prize ceremony.

Author-illustrator Brian Floca talks about how he created the design of The Cook Prize seal.

Lisa Von Drasek presents finalist ABOUT HUMMINGBIRDS by Cathryn & John Sill.

Lisa Von Drasek presents finalist THE HONEYBEE MAN by Lela Nargi and Krysten Brooker.

Lisa Von Drasek awards author-illustrator Thomas F. Yezerski his honor for MEADOWLANDS: A WETLANDS SURVIVAL STORY.

Thomas F. Yezerski shares a few words of thanks.

Lisa Von Drasek presents the winner, BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY by Melissa Sweet.

Author Lela Nargi signs a copy of her book, THE HONEYBEE MAN.

Displaying the silver seal for honor titles.

Displaying the gold seal for the winning title, and the silver seal for honor title.

If you would like silver and gold Cook Prize seals for your books, please send a self-addressed stamped enveloped to:

Kristin Freda
Bank Street College Library
Attn: The Cook Prize
610 West 112th Street
New York, NY 10025

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