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.

7 Ate 9

2018 Irma Black Award Winner

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
by Tara Lazar, illustrated by Ross MacDonald (Disney Hyperion)

Semi-finalists

  • How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford (Simon and Schuster)
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again written and illustrated by Dan Santat (Roaring Brook Press)
  • Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Maria Mola (Lee and Low Books Inc.)

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