Children’s Book Committee


The Josette Frank Award

This award for fiction honors a book or books of outstanding literary merit in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally. The award has been given annually since 1943. Josette Frank, the editor of anthologies for children, served for many years as the Executive Director of the Child Study Association of America of which this committee was a part.

The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award

Established in 1994 to honor Flora Straus, who led the Children’s Book Committee for many years, is presented annually for a distinguished work of nonfiction that serves as an inspiration to young people. Flora Straus stood for the values of courage, hard work, truth, and beauty while adapting to a changing world. She believed that books about varying cultures enrich and help all children in their growth. She championed diverse opinions and points of view and was a person of high principles, unfailing courtesy, and deep understanding.

The Claudia Lewis Award

The Claudia Lewis Award, given for the first time in 1998, honors the best poetry book of the year. The award commemorates the late Claudia Lewis, distinguished children’s book expert and longtime member of the Bank Street College faculty and Children’s Book Committee. She conveyed her love and understanding of poetry with humor and grace.

Children’s Book Committee Awards 2020

When the Ground is Hard
Josette Frank 2020

Flora Stieglitz Straus
(co-recipient) 2020

Flora Stieglitz Straus
(co-recipient) 2020

Claudia Lewis 2020

Josette Frank
When the Ground is Hard
by Malla Nunn (G.P. Putnam & Sons)

Flora Stieglitz Straus
Infinite Hope:  A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace
by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, A Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II
by Andrea Warren (Margaret Ferguson Books)

Claudia Lewis
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc
by David Elliott (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)