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Announcing the 2016 Cook Prize Finalists!

February 2, 2016

The Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM book. We are delighted to announce the 2016 finalists for The Cook Prize!

This year, three books were chosen as finalists:


Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
by Laurie Wallmark
illustrated by April Chu
(Creston Books, 2015)


High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs
by Lisa Kahn Schnell
illustrated by Alan Marks
(Charlesbridge, 2015)


Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France
by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
(Candlewick, 2015)

The Cook Prize finalists are selected by a jury made up of science and math faculty from the Graduate School of Education, teachers from the School for Children and distinguished alumni.


The 2016 jury included: (left to right) Barbara Dubitsky, graduate math faculty; Lila Mortimer, 7/8s head teacher, School for Children; Morika Tsujimura, Upper School math/science teacher, School for Children; Jamie Wallace, American Museum of Natural History; Natalie Tahsler, American Museum of Natural History; and Ann-Louise Ennis, Lower School math coordinator, Berkeley Carroll School.

Throughout the United States and abroad, third and fourth grade children will cast the final vote. Register your class, library or school to help choose to outstanding STEM picture book of the year!

Results will be announced at the end of April.

Congratulations again to the finalists!




2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2016 3:08 am

    Thank you for picking three of the most amazing nonfiction books this year…I love them all…how inspiring for young children!

  2. February 4, 2016 1:57 pm

    Great books all worthy of honor! Learning in each story for young readers looking for adventure reality.

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