Center for Children’s Literature

The Cook Prize

Cook Prize SealPresented 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, 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.

Our Mission

The Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM book. The Cook Prize is administered with support from School Library Journal. The award is presented in May.

Design of the Cook Prize Seal

2022 Medalists

Cook Prize Book Cover
Butterfly for a King
Cook Prize Book Cover
Cougar Crossing
Cook Prize Book Cover
The Great Stink
Cook Prize Book Cover
  • Butterfly for a King by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore; illustrated by Susan L. Roth (Lee & Low Books)
  • Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood’s Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife  by Meeg Pincus; illustrated by Alexander Vidal (Beach Lane Books)
  • The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem by Colleen Paeff;  illustrated by Nancy Carpenter (Margaret K. McElderry/S & S)
  • Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small by Dr. Jess Wade, illustrated by Melissa Castrillón (Candlewick) by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)

The Cook Prize Ceremony 2022

Thousands of children in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the United Arab Emirates will participate in the voting process in 2022. We will post acceptance videos from our gold and silver medalists in May.

To learn more about the 2022 Cook Prize winners, read this School Library Journal article

A Comment From a Student:

I picked this book because I loved the illustrations, the pick of words, and it was about helping animals. I was really intrigued by how they started the story but added cool and important facts! I recommend it. (I really enjoyed the others, though! I had to think super hard!) – Scheherazade, Grade 3

2021 Cook Prize Winner

Your Place in the Universe
by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)

Honor Books

  • Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann (Neal Porter Books Holiday House Publishing)
  • If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever; illustrated by Mathew Trueman (Candlewick Press)
  • Perkin’s Perfect Purple by Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn; illustrated by Francesca Sanna (Little, Brown)