Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Grade 1-4 students vote now for the Black Awards or Cook Prize

Calling First to Fourth Grade elementary school students (and their teachers and librarians).
Time to vote for the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award and the Cook Prize!
Deadline April 15, 2013.

The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Irma Black Award) goes to an outstanding book for young children - a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.

The award is presented each May at a breakfast ceremony held at Bank Street College.

How to participate in next year's award

First and second grade readers will be choosing their favorite picture book after careful thought, deliberations, discussions, and dialogue! We hope you and your classes have fun while learning about the joy of reading! Fill out the Registration form .
Voting link will be emailed after you submit your registration
Go to
or email for more information.

2013 Finalists
Big Mean Mike
by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Scott Magoon

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
by Mo Willems
Harper Collins

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
by Mo Willems

This is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen

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.
Cook Prize finalists are chosen from a list of sixteen STEM books included in the Children's Book Committee Best Books of the Year.
A panel of judges comprised of two math/science faculty from the Graduate School of Education, two teachers from the School for Children and two distinguished Bank Street alumni will narrow the field of sixteen to four.
Following the same format as the Irma Black Award, third and fourth grade teachers and librarians are invited to read aloud, discuss and encourage students to vote for their favorite STEM book of the finalists.

How to participate
Your third and fourth grade readers will be choosing their favorite STEM picture book of the year. These 5 books were carefully chosen by educators, scientists, and librarians who wish to promote nonfiction picture books as a wonderful and joyful resource for young people. We hope you and your classes have fun while engaging in the joy of reading!
VOTES ARE DUE ON APRIL 15TH.Submit a Registration form  and a voting link will be emailed after you submit your registration.
Go to
or email for more information
2013 Finalists

Busy Builders
by Roxie Munro
Marshall Cavendish

How Many Jelly Beans?
by Andrea Menotti, illustrated by Yancey Labat

Infinity and Me
by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas
by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
by Gene Barretta

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