In the Classroom: the 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.

The finalists have been announced. They are:

  • Blizzard by John Rocco (Hyperion)
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea by Lynne Cox, illus. by Brian Floca (Schwartz & Wade)
  • Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen (Candlewick)
  • Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Candlewick)

And now classrooms and libraries throughout the country can participate in the voting process. More about how to do so here.

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