Center for Children's Literature Blog

Announcing the 2020 Cook Prize Finalists!

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2020 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.

The Finalists are:

Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine; Illustrated by Masha D’yans (Millbrook Press)

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark; illustrated by Katy Wu (Sterling Children’s Books)

Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch; illustrated by Teresa Martínez (Charlesbridge)

Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge by Rachel Dougherty (Roaring Brook Press)

Register your classes to participate in the selection of the 2020 Cook Prize!

Voting has been extended to May 1, 2o2o.  The awards ceremony will take place on May 14th.  The morning program will begin at 10:00 a.m. The awards for the Irma Simonton Black prize will be given first.  The Cook Prizes will be awarded at about 10:45.  Please check back later for the url to the KidLit TV livestream. Contact if you have any questions.  Should your students make particularly insightful comments please share them with us.  We may read them during the ceremony.  #Cookprize2020; #cclbankstreet


Special thanks to our wonderful jury!  Moderators Cynthia Weill and Elizabeth Segal; School for Children faculty, Katherine Enright and Rory Santaloci; School for Children alumna, Jamie Wallace; Graduate School faculty, Amy Withers and Stan Chu and Graduate School alumna, Courtney Vowels