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Participate in the Irma Black and Cook Prize Award Selections

Elementary School Librarians and Teachers,
Make Selection of Two Prestigious Children’s Book Awards Part of Your Spring 2019 Curriculum

Want your students to practice their reasoning, persuasive speaking, and sharpen their visual skills while they participate in the selection of Bank Street’s Center for Children’s Literature’s annual best picture and best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) book?

Irma Black SealFirst and Second Grade classes may participate in selection of the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award). The award goes to an outstanding book for young children – a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.

Learn more about the Irma Black Award or register

Cook Prize SealThird and Fourth Grade classes are invited to jury the Cook Prize 2018.  The Cook Prize honors the best STEM book of the year published for children eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM title.

Please share this information with your fellow educators and librarians.  Everyone is invited to participate.

Please contact for more information.

Learn more about the Cook Prize or register