The Irma Black Award Winner

Thousands of children have discussed, considered and voted and the 2012 winner of the Irma Black Award is  – What Animals Really Like, written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson

What Animals Really Like
Fiona Robinson
Retail Price: $15.95
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers – (2011-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 081098976X / 9780810989764

Each year, the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award) is presented to an outstanding book for young children—a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable. The Irma Black Award is a children’s choice award in that children are the final judges of the winning book. This year, over 9,000 children internationally read or heard aloud all four finalists.

The winning book receives a gold seal. The other three finalists are honor books and receive a silver seal, both designed by Maurice Sendak.

The silver award winners are:

YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND!
Peter Brown
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Hachette/LBYR  - (2011-09-05)
ISBN / EAN: 0316070300 / 9780316070300

 

I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen
Retail Price: $15.99
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press – (2011-09-27)
ISBN / EAN: 0763655988 / 9780763655983

 

All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel
Dan Yaccarino
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers – (2011-03-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0375866426 / 9780375866425

The award will be presented on May 17th at an 8:30 am in a ceremony at the Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY.  The keynote speaker this year is Paul O. Zelinsky, an Irma Black Honor winner for Dust Devil, the sequel to Swamp Angel.  Teachers and librarians are invited to attend. RSVP here.

Fiona Robinson’s hilarious picture book What Animals Really Like (Abrams, 2011), which delivers a subtle message about the dangers of stereotyping, is this year’s winner of the Irma S. Black & James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.

 

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