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Children’s Choice Awards: The Cook Prize

By January 29, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

 The Short List for the 2018 The Cook Prize!

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. For the award criteria

In February, March and early April, third and fourth grade children across the United States and globally will vote for their favorite title.

Register your classes.

The Cook Prize for best children’s science book, to honor the memory of two beloved Bank Street science educators, Michael Cook and Don Cook, (no relations.)

Michael and Don were master teachers, humanitarians, and mentors to generations of lab school students, graduate students, and science and math teachers.

This moving Huffington Post article In Celebration of Teachers: The Story of Michael Cook gives a glimpse of the enormous loss suffered by our school community when he died.

 Don Cook, who was Director of the Bank Street College of Education’s Tiorati Workshop on Environmental Learning, Honorary Randall’s Island Wetlands Steward, and Chair of the New York Academy of Sciences Science Education Section also died during that school year.  

The short list is selected by Bank Street Educators and STEM professionals.

This year’s judges 

Legend: Rebecca Chynsky, alumna Bank Street College; Katherine Enright, School for Children; Daniel Zieger, American Museum of Natural History; Robin Hummel, Bank Street College; Emily Linsay, School for Children; Carmen Colón, Bank Street College.


Beauty and the Beak: How Science,Technology and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose & Jane Veltkamp (Persnickety Press)

“An Alaskan eagle’s broken beak is restored with modern technology. In a straightforward, relatively simple text extensively illustrated with photographs, writer Rose and raptor biologist Veltkamp imagine the eagle’s early life and then chronicle her experience in human hands.” Kirkus Review

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press)

Filled with arresting artwork and fascinating information, Chin’s imposing latest proves that the Grand Canyon is “much more than just a big hole in the ground.” Booklist starred (November 15, 2016 (Vol. 113, No. 6))

The Hidden Life of a Toad  by Doug Wechsler (Charlesbridge)

“Biologist and photographer Wechsler’s chronicle of a toad’s journey from embryo all the way to adulthood is insightful. The images-detailed full-color photographs-are everything a budding naturalist could wish for, right down to the warty close-ups.” School Library Journal (March 1, 2017)

Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Catherine Stock (Charlesbridge)

“Carolus Linnaeus (née Karl Linné) pioneered a classification system for living things that is, for the most part, still in use today. In this imaginative portrayal of the scientist’s life, from a child curious about the plants and animals of his backyard in Sweden to a famous and beloved — and opinionated — naturalist and teacher” Horn Book


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