The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce Steve Sheinkin, the author of acclaimed history books for middle-grade and young adult readers, as its 2015 Nonfiction Award Winner. The award is presented annually to an author for a body of work that “contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.”
In selecting Steve Sheinkin for this honor, the Guild’s Nonfiction Award Committee recognizes and celebrates Sheinkin’s superb ability to find the heart of the story, to narrate nonfiction with passion, veracity and accuracy, and to engage young readers and provide them with a front row seat as witnesses to history.
The Committee specifically praised four of Sheinkin’s books: The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights; Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon; The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery; and King George: What Was His Problem? The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution. Committee members included Guild members Kathie Meizner, Librarian, Montgomery County, Maryland Public Libraries (Chair); Rebecca Jones, Author (Chair Emeritus); Rebecca Purdy, Librarian, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Virginia; and Roz Schanzer, Author/illustrator.
Sheinkin will be honored on Saturday, April 25, 2015, during the Guild’s 38th Annual Nonfiction Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Details will be posted at www.childrensbookguild.org and at facebook.com/childrensbookguild.org. Please plan to join us! Also look on our website for information about our monthly luncheon speakers as well as members' new books, awards, public events and school visit possibilities. You may learn more about Steve Sheinkin at www.stevesheinkin.com.
Susan L. Roth’s Parrots over Puerto, written with Cindy Trumbore, won the 2014 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book. Parrots had already received five starred reviews and appeared in the Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibition. Published by Lee and Low, it has garnered a long list of awards.
At the Sibert Award ceremony at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas on June 30, Susan informed the audience that: