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Debbie Loren Dunn wins Cook Prize Honor

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Debbie Loren Dunn

Cover of 'Perkin's Perfect Purple,' featuring a boy in a red coat in a chemical laboratory with a swathe of purple floating out from a vial and covering half the pageCongratulations to Austin SCBWI member Debbie Loren Dunn, whose picture book, Perkin’s Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry, co-written with Tami Lewis Brown and illustrated by Francesca Sanna, won a Cook Prize Honor! Perkin’s Perfect Purple is a deeply-researched story depicting how a teenaged boy named William Henry Perkin—who would become a crucial pioneer of the scientific method—invented the first aniline dye in London in 1856.

The Cook Prize, sponsored by Bank Street College of Education, celebrates the best STEM picture books for 8-10-year-olds published each year. What makes the award particularly special is that the winners are selected by children themselves. As quoted on the Cook Prize website, one of the third-grade judges explained their pick of Perkin’s Perfect Purple as follows: “I liked this book because it brings color to my heart and light into my body.”