Children’s Book Committee

Awards

Children’s Book Committee Awards 2024

CBC Award 2024
Josette Frank
2024
CBC Award 2024
Flora Stieglitz Straus
(older readers)
2024
CBC Award 2024
Flora Stieglitz Straus
(younger readers)
2024
CBC Award 2024
Claudia Lewis
(older readers) 2024
CBC Award 2024
Claudia Lewis
(younger readers)
2024

Josette Frank Award

  • The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt (Harper Collins/Clarion)

Flora Stieglitz Straus Award

  • Older Reader Winner
    Harboring Hope: The True Story of How Henny Sinding Helped Denmark’s Jews Escape the Nazis by Susan Hood (Harper Collins)
  • Younger Reader Winner
    The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic by Jennifer Thermes (Penguin Random House)

Claudia Lewis Award

  • Older Poetry Winner
    Kin Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jeffrey Boston Weatherford (Simon & & Schuster)
  • Younger Poetry Winner
    At the Poles by David Elliot, illustrated by Ellen Rooney (Candlewick)

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, this award 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.