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Irma S. Black Award

Irma Simonton Black was a writer and editor of children’s books. The award began in 1973by Bank Street College of Education. Each 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. For this award, children are the final judges of the winning book. But not just children to whom the books are targeted to. A select number of professional adults select 20-25 books which are  are sent to Junior High and early High School students. These students then chose the final few books to be sent to children in first to third grade to vote on. The award is given to a picture book for children in the first through third grades that best exemplifies excellence of text and illustration. The website states that “not only…must the older children who are selecting the finalists for the award to enjoy the story, but they must feel that the illustrations support both the mood and the plot of the story as well.

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The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry is a hilarious parody of “old-fashioned” children’s stories in which the Willoughby siblings have some very tongue in cheek adventures.  This book appeared on this year’s Iowa Children’s Choice Awards and Lowry has received many awards and honors for her contribution to children’s and YA literature, including the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.  She will deliver this award lecture at the St. Louis County Library on April 15, 2011. Continue reading

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead won the John Newbery Medal in 2010. It is about a young girl living in New York City who has just been broken up with by her best friend Sal. Miranda doesn’t have much time to dwell though because mysterious notes soon begin arriving. The author seems to know Miranda and her immediate future very well, and asks Miranda for herhelp in saving the life of her friend.

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