Bank Street Children's Book Committee Award Winners
Award Winners & Finalists
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The 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:
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.
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.
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.