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Announcing the 2019 Cook Prize Semi-Finalists!

February 5, 2019

Keywords: STEM Books, Cook Prize 2019


We are delighted to announce the semi-finalists for the 2019 Cook Prize!

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.


Register Your Classes to Participate in the Selection of the 2019 Cook Prize


The four semi-finalists are!


Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker; illustrated by Dow Phumiruk (Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company)


Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones by Sara Levine, illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth (Millbrook Press/Lerner)

510a8kKj13L._AC_US436_QL65_                      If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams (Roaring Brook Press)


Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie German by Cheryl Bardoe; illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Little, Brown and Company)


Register your classes to participate.   Votes are due on April 19, 2019.  We will send the link for voting in March.  Note if during the deliberation process with your students you hear a particularly insightful or charming comment about one of the books, please share with us.  We love to read these during the awards ceremony which will take place this year on May 16, 2019 at approximately 10:45 a.m. Please check back later for the link to the livestream. Contact to send anecdotes and for questions.

Thanks to our wonderful 2019 Cook Prize jury!


left to right:  Lila Mortimer, Alumna, Bank Street College of Education; Jamie Wallach, American Museum of Natural History; Bilexis Casado, American Museum of Natural History; Robin Hummel, Bank Street College Graduate Faculty; Amy Withers, Bank Street College Graduate Faculty; Daniel Zieger, American Museum of Natural History


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