The Children’s Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association announces the following recipients of the 2008 Garden State Children’s Book Award:
(The Garden State Children’s Book Awards were established in 1977 in order to give recognition to books for elementary grade readers.)
ONE NOSY PUP by Carol Wallace, illustrated by Steve Björkman
EASY-TO-READ SERIES BOOK
HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE GREAT GRANDPAS by Cynthia Rylant,
illustrated by Suçie Stevenson
FICTION, GRADES 2 - 5
by Andrew Clements, illustrations by Brian Selznick
NON-FICTION, GRADES 2 - 5
RUNNY BABBIT: A BILLY SOOK by Shel Silverstein
The nominees are selected by a committee of the Children’s Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association on the basis of literary merit; the winners are chosen by popularity with readers.
A three-year lapse from the original publication date is allowed in order to determine popularity. The awards are given in three categories, with the option of one additional series category: a work specifically designated as “Easy-To-Read” by the publisher; a work of fiction for grades 2 – 5; a work of non-fiction for grades
2 – 5.
Awards, presented annually at the NJLA spring conference, are given to both the author and the illustrator. This year’s conference will be held at the Ocean Place Conference Center in Long Branch, from April 29-May 1 with the awards presentation luncheon on May 1.
For further information, visit the NJLA website at www.njla.org.