The Cook Prize

Past Winners


2022 Cook Prize

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  • Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood’s Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife  by Meeg Pincus; illustrated by Alexander Vidal (Beach Lane Books)
  • Butterfly for a King by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore; illustrated by Susan L. Roth (Lee & Low 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)
  • 2021

    2021 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books


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    • Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohman (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)
    • Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)

  • 2020

    2020 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    Flower Talk
    Honor Book
    Hedy Lamarr's Double Life
    Honor Book
    Mario and the Hole in the Sky
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    Secret Engineer
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    • Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine; illustrated by Masha D’Yans (Millbrook Press: A Division of Lerner Publishing Group)
    • Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life 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)
  • 2019

    2019 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    Counting on Katherine
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    Fossil by Fossil
    Honor Book
    If Polar Bears Disappeared
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    Nothing Stopped Sophie
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    • 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)
    • 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 Books for Young Readers)
  • 2018

    2018 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    Beauty and the Beek
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  • 2017

    2017 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    Journey
    Winner
    Follow the Moon Home
    Honor Book
    Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea
    Honor Book
    Whoosh
    Honor Book
  • 2016

    2016 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    Mesmerized
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    High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs
    Honor Book
    Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
    Honor Book
  • 2015

    2015 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    Galapagos George
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    Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle
    Honor Book
    Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
    Honor Book
    Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature
    Honor Book
  • 2014

    2014 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
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    Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons
    Honor Book
    No Monkeys, No Chocolate
    Honor Book
    Toilet: How It Works
    Honor Book
  • 2013

    2013 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    How Many Jelly Beans?
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    Busy Builders
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    Infinity and Me
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    Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas
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    Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
    Honor Book
  • 2012

    2012 Cook Prize Winner & Honor Books

    Balloons Over Broadway
    Winner
    About Hummingbirds
    Honor Book
    The Honeybee Man
    Honor Book
    Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story
    Honor Book