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Become a Participant

Would your school or library like to participate in choosing the outstanding picture book of the year award?

1. All voting participants must be six to eight years old (1st through 2nd grades)

2. Any class, library class, or afterschool library program may participate

3. Submit a registration form for your class 

4. Purchase the four finalists for discussion at your local bookstore, online, or through the Bank Street Bookstore, which offers a special package of all four books. Call 1-800-724-1486 or email

5. Read the Award Curriculum for information on how the children can evaluate and choose their favorite titles

6. Submit your votes by April 19, 2018.  Voting form

7. If you would like the special seals to place on the front of your books, 1 gold for the winner and 3 silver for the honor books, please send a stamped, self addressed envelope to:

Cynthia Weill
Irma Black Award
Bank Street College of Education
610 West 112th Street
NY, NY 10025