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Irma Black Award

Announcing the 2017 Irma Black Winner!


The Night Gardner (Simon and Schuster) by the Fan Brothers was the winner of the 2017 Irma Black Prize.

Please note that our 2017 Irma Black award ceremony took place on May 18th, 2017  However, you can access KitLitTV's archived live stream of the event at:

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.

2017 Award Finalists Were:

Quackers written and illustrated by Liz Wong (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

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

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)