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The Cook Prize

2018 Cook Prize Finalists

We are thrilled to announce the following semi-finalists for the 2018 Cook Prize!

Register your classes to select the winner.

  • 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 by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press)
  • The Hidden Life of a Toad  by Doug Wechsler (Charlesbridge)
  • Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Catherine Stock (Charlesbridge)

Help choose the 2018 winner!

Register your third and fourth grade readers to help choose the best STEM picture book of the year!

Teachers and librarians we love hearing anecdotes and insights that your students make while deliberating the Cook Prize contenders.  If a student makes a particularly insightful or humorous comment, we would love to share it at our prize ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 9:00 - 11:00.  You can email these to

KidLit TV will livestream this year's event.  Check back for the url in a few months. 

To see last year's ceremony go to:

About the Award

Seal designed
by Brian Floca

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. 


Cook Prize finalists are chosen from a list of sixteen STEM books included in the Children's Book Committee Best Books of the Year.

A panel of judges comprised of two math/science faculty from the Graduate School of Education, two teachers from the School for Children and two distinguished Bank Street alumni will narrow the field of sixteen to four.

Following the same format as the Irma Black Award, third and fourth grade teachers and librarians are invited to read aloud, discuss and encourage students to vote for their favorite STEM book of the finalists.


Presented for the first time in 2012, the Cook Prize is named in memory of two ground breaking Bank Street educators - Don Cook of the Graduate School of Education, and Michael Cook (no relation) of the School for Children.

In naming this award, The Cook Prize, Bank Street not only honors Michael and Don for their intangible contributions to the world of education, but encourages excellence in publishing informational books on STEM topics for elementary-aged children.

The Cook Prize Seal Design

Click here for a short video from The Cook Prize 2012 presentation featuring author/illustrator Brian Floca on the process of designing the seal.