Bank Street Children's Book Committee Award Winners

Award Winners & Finalists

2016 (to come) | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

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Center for Childrens LiteratureThe Bank Street School and Bank Street College of Education have a significant place in the history of children's literature. Learn more at the Center for Children's Literature web page.

As part of the Bank Street mission to promote literacy and foster excellence in children's literature, the following prizes are awarded each year:

Irma Black award

The Irma Black Award

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.

Cook Prize

The Cook Prize

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.

Childrens book committee

Children's Book Committee Awards

Josette Frank Award for fiction honors a book or books of outstanding literary merit in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally.

The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award is presented annually for a distinguished work of nonfiction which serves as an inspiration to young people, championing the values of courage, hard work, truth and beauty, while adapting to a changing world.

The Claudia Lewis Award is given for the best poetry book of the year.

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That Is Not a Good Idea! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062203090
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 23rd, 2013

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos Cover Image
By Deborah Heiligman, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596433076
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 25th, 2013

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Big Mean Mike Cover Image
By Michelle Knudsen, Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763649906
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 14th, 2012

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How Many Jelly Beans? Cover Image
By Andrea Menotti, Yancey Labat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452102061
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 29th, 2012

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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! Cover Image
By J. Patrick Lewis (Compiled by)
ISBN: 9781426310096
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Published: National Geographic Society - September 11th, 2012

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Wonder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

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Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763629762
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 11th, 2012