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Announcing the 2018 Irma Black Award Semi-finalists!

February 15, 2018

Announcing the finalists for this year’s Irma Simonton Black and James Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.  The 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 judges of the winning book.

Register your classes to vote.

This year’s finalists are:


7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar; illustrated by Ross MacDonald (Disney Hyperion)


After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again written and illustrated by Dan Santat (Roaring Brook Press)


Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Maria Mola (Lee and Low Books Inc.)


How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford (Simon and Schuster)

The winner will be announced at the end of April.  Awards will be presented on May 10, 2018 at Bank Street College.

We love to share the quips and anecdotes students make about the books during the jurying process.  If you have something particularly insightful to share, please send and we may read it during the awards ceremony.  Photographs are also appreciated.

Register your classes to vote.

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