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Professional Development: Book Awards etc

By February 5, 2019September 16th, 2023No Comments

I know that everyone has been talking about The Newbery, The Caldecott, The Printz, etc, etc. And maybe I will too but not today.

Today I want to talk about Children’s Choice Awards.Specifically the Cook Prize.

These are the awards that children’ votes count to select a winner.

Cook Prize Seal desired 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. 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.

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie German by Cheryl Bardoe; illustrated by Barbara McClintock

If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams (Roaring Brook Press)

Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones by Sara Levine, illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth (Millbrook Press/Lerner)

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker; illustrated by Dow Phumiruk (Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company)

Register your classes to participate.   Votes are due on April 19, 2019.  Bank Street will send the link for voting in March.  

For more information go to here

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.) 

About Don Cook and Michael Cook

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.


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