Irma Black Award

2015 Finalists

by John Rocco
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
by Lynne Cox,
illus. by Brian Floca
(Schwartz & Wade)
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole 
by Mac Barnett,
illus. by Jon Klassen
Shh! We Have a Plan 
by Chris Haughton

About the Award

    Award Seal designed by Maurice Sendak
Award seal designed
by Maurice Sendak

The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Irma Black 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 final judges of the winning book.

The award is presented each May at a breakfast ceremony held at Bank Street College.