The Cook Prize


The Cook Prize is presented by the Bank Street College of Education and honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children ages 8-10. Finalists are chosen by a panel of judges including two math/science faculty from the Graduate School of Education and two teachers from the School for Children along with two alumni. The winner and 3 additional finalists are chosen from a list of 16 titles included in the Children’s Book Committee Best Books of the Year.


9781632170651 Winner
Journey : based on the true story of OR7, the most famous wolf in the West
By: Emma Bland Smith

A fictionalized account about a real wolf with the scientific name OR7 (the 7th radio-collared wolf in Oregon) that traveled from eastern Oregon to northern California–the first known wolf in the Golden State in 90 years. Ages 5-9

9781452112411 Finalists
Follow the moon home
By: Philippe Cousteau 

A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl’s attempts to help save their babies from man-made light. Ages 5-8

1481416006 Solving the puzzle under the sea : Marie Tharp maps the ocean floor
By: Robert Burleigh 

This illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a pioneering woman scientist and the first person to ever successfully map the ocean floor. Ages 4-8

1580892973 Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions
By: Chris Barton 

Tells the true story of inventor Lonnie Johnson who stumbled upon the mechanics of the iconic Super Soaker water gun while trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners. Ages 7-10


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