"7 Ate 9" Wins Irma Black Award; "Beauty and the Beak" Takes Cook Prize

The children have spoken: 2018 Irma Black and Cook Prize award winners announced.
The Center for Children’s Literature (CCL) at Bank Street College of Education has announced its 2018 Irma Black and Cook Prize award winners. 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story written by Tara Lazar and illustrated by Ross MacDonald won the Irma Black Award for the best read-aloud book for first and second grade. The three Irma Black Honor Books are: After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again written and illustrated by Dan Santat; Sparkle Boy written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Maria Mola; and How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford. Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp was named the Cook Prize winner as best STEM book for children. “Beauty and the Beak is an overdue addition to the STEM library,” said Cook Prize book judge Katherine Enright. “The book invites the reader to come along on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that educates children on the intersection of 21st-century technology and conservation. Beauty and her new beak will no doubt inspire countless children to pursue a path in STEM fields and explore applications previously unimagined.” The three Cook Prize Honor Books are: Grand Canyon written and illustrated by Jason Chin; The Hidden Life of a Toad written and photographed by Doug Wechsler; and Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything written by Anita Sanchez and illustrated by Catherine Stock. Third and fourth graders around the world selected the Cook Prize winner from four finalist titles chosen by a panel of judges. The three others are named honor books. The Irma Black follows a similar process, but the winner was decided by first and second grade classes in United States, Europe, and Asia. The public is invited to an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, in the Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street College in New York City. KidLit TV will also livestream the event. Author and illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger will deliver the keynote address.  

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