History Month in the Carrier Library Juvenile Collection: Women Authors
and Illustrators of Children's Books
honor of Women's History Month the Carrier Library Juvenile Collection is
celebrating female authors and illustrators of children's books with a display
of books by about these women. From
Peter Rabbit to Misty of Chincoteague and the Borrowers to Pippi Longstocking,
women like Beatrix Potter, Marguerite Henry, Mary
Norton, Astrid Lindgren, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beverly Cleary, and Louisa
May Alcott, have enriched the lives of generations of children. J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame is in good company on a
long list of award-winning contemporary women writers and illustrators of
Book Awards Named for Women
Charlotte Zolotow Award This award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States in the preceding year. Established in 1998, the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years and author of more than 65 picture books.
Coretta Scott King Award Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream." 2002 winners:
Author Award: The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal First given to its namesake in 1954, the award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Winners include:
A. Edwards Award The
Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author's lifetime
achievement for writing books that have been popular with teenagers. It
recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves
and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships,
society, and in the world. (YALSA)
- S.E. Hinton for: The Outsiders, Rumble
Fish, Tex, That Was Then, This is Now
Mildred L. Batchelder Award This citation is awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. ALSC gives the award to encourage American publishers to seek out superior children's books abroad and to promote communication among the peoples of the world.
The Pura Belpré Award This award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. The 2002 Award Winners:
Rising written by Pam Munoz Ryan
Astrid Lindgren (November 14, 1907 -January 28, 2002)
12, 1936-February 19, 2002)
For additional information on children's book authors and illustrators, consult:
Children's Literature and Children's
Literature Web Guide: Authors and Illustrators on the Web
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