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Cook Prize 2018 Semi-finalists!

January 25, 2018

The Cook Prize  is awarded to the best Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) picture book for 8-10 year olds. The Cook Prize is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM title.


This year four titles were chosen to be semi-finalists:


Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose & Jane Veltkamp (Persnickety Press)


Grand Canyon Written and illustrated by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press)


The Hidden Life of a Toad , Written and photographed by Doug Wechsler


Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Catherine Stock (Charlesbridge)


In February, March and early April, third and fourth grade children across the United States and globally will vote for their favorite title.

Register your classes.

The public is invited to an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street College. KidLit TV will also live stream the event. A url will be posted a few days prior.


A special thank you to our wonderful judges who so thoughtfully deliberated the merits of many STEM related picture books and chose the final four. The jury is made up of Graduate School and School for Children faculty as well as alumni and staff from the American Museum of Natural History.



Legend: Rebecca Chynsky, alumna Bank Street College; Katherine Enright, School for Children; Daniel Zieger, American Museum of Natural History; Robin Hummel, Bank Street College; Emily Linsay, School for Children; Carmen Colón, Bank Street College.



Teachers and librarians participating with their classes in the Cook Prize are asked to send any insightful comments or anecdotes made by your students to We may read them during the awards ceremony.

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