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Cook Prize Finalists 2017!

February 1, 2017

tags: follow the moon home, journey, solving the puzzle under the sea,  and whoosh! by Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature

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 2017 finalists for the award!

This year, four books were chosen as finalists for The Cook Prize:


Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton; illustrated by Don Tate (Charlesbridge 2016)


Journey: Based on the True story of OR7 The Most Famous Wolf in the West by Emma Bland Smith; illustrated by Robin James (Little Bigfoot an imprint of Sasquatch Books 2016)


Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by Meilo So (Chronicle 2016)


Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh; illustrated  by Raúl Colón (Simon and Schuster 2016)

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 2017 jury included: (left to right) Emily Linsay, lower school coordinator; Anne Louise Ennis, lower school math coordinator, Berkeley Carroll School; Rebecca Chynsky, graduate school alumni; Jamie Wallace, American Museum of Natural History; Carmen Colón, graduate school faculty; Morika Tsujimura, upper school math and science teacher.

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 the outstanding STEM picture book of the year!

Please send any insightful comments made by the students about the books to  We may read them at the award ceremony which will be on May 18th and live streamed by KidLit TV.

Results will be announced at the end of April!

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