2017 Irma Simonton Black and Cook Prize Winners Announced

Both winners were determined by first and second grade classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
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The Cook Prize judges, clockwise from top left: Emily Linsay, Anne Louise Ennis, Rebecca Chynsky, Jamie Wallace, Carmen Colón, Morika Tsujimura

    The Center for Children’s Literature (CCL) at Bank Street College of Education in New York City has named The Night Gardener (S. & S.), written and illustrated by brothers Terry and Eric Fan, the winner of the 2017 Irma Black Award for the best read-aloud picture book for first and second grade. Finalists for the Irma Black award included Quackers (Knopf), written and illustrated by Liz Wong; Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion (Scholastic), written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith; and A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals (S. & S./Atheneum), written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. CCL announced Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West (Little Bigfoot) by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Robin James, as the winner of its 2017 Cook Prize for the best picture book that teaches STEM principles for third and fourth graders. IMG_1951 (1)

A bulletin board at Hunter College Elementary in New York City, developed by Barbara Shostal

Finalists for the Cook Prize included: Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles (Chronicle) by Philipe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So; Solving the Puzzle from Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor (S. & S.) by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Raúl Colón; Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Charlesbridge) by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate. According to Cynthia Weill, CCL’s director, the Black winners were determined by first and second grade classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean; the Cook winners were determined by third and fourth grade classes throughout those regions. "While many children are eager to learn about animals and how they live, through the character of Abby, Journey puts the possibility and the responsibility of scientific inquiry on young readers, giving them agency in shaping themselves and the environment around them," says Bank Street science teacher Morika Tsujimura, who participated in identifying the initial Cook Prize contenders. The winners and finalists will be honored at a ceremony held in the Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street at 10 a.m. ET on May 18, 2017. Stephen Savage will be keynote speaker. Savage is the author/illustrator of nine books for children, including the “Where’s Walrus?” series (Scholastic). Savage is the recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, a Sendak Fellowship, an ILA Primary Fiction Award, and a Geisel Honor.  
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Donna Spurlock, Charlesbridge

Woo-Hoosh!

Posted : Apr 26, 2017 02:20


Twig George

Congratulations to the Fan brothers. The Night Gardener is a fabulous contribution.

Posted : Apr 25, 2017 10:39


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