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Irma Black Award

Announcing the 2018 Irma Black Semi-Finalists!

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Our Four Irma Black Candidates Are:


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)

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.)

The winner will be announced at the end of April 2018.

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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 next award will be presented on May 10, 2018 at Bank Street College.

The 2017 Irma Black Winner:

The Night Gardener written and illustrated by the Fan Brothers (Simon and Schuster)

The 2017 Irma Black Semi-finalists:

Quackers written and illustrated by Liz Wong (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
(Access Liz Wong's interview with KidLit TV at the 2017 Irma Black Awards) 

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Scholastic Press)

A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) (Access Lucy's interview with KidLit TV at the 2017 Irma Black Awards)