Center for Children’s Literature

Irma Black Award

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.







Irma Black Award Voting Form

Voting for Irma Black Award 2019 has finished. We hope you and your students enjoyed the books. Please  contact for more information.

Irma Black Award Ceremony

This year over 7,000 children in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the United Arab Emirates participated in the voting. The winner and honorees accepted their awards on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The event was open to the public. Caldecott winner Brian Floca was the keynote speaker.  If you were not able to attend the ceremony, it was live-streamed  and can viewed on KidLit TV.


2019 Irma Black Award Winner

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney/Hyperion)

Honor Books

  • Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)
  • Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty, illustrations by Stevie Lewis (Henry Holt/Macmillan)
  • The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee (Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers)