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winner of the

The Children's Book Guild

2022 Nonfiction Award 

Let's All Celebrate GAIL JARROW

The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C. has selected Gail Jarrow as the 2022 Nonfiction Award winner. The award, given annually since 1977, honors authors and author/illustrators whose body of work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.  Gail Jarrow will be honored on Thursday, May 19th, at Noon, at Busboys & Poets, 450 K Street, NW, Washington, DC.


Over the course of more than a dozen books for young readers, Gail Jarrow has explained some challenging topics—including contagious diseases, medical fiascoes, and damaging hoaxes--with narrative verve, well-researched facts, and fascinating details. Although her books have focused on historical events—including The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs, Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America, and Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease—they nevertheless hold great relevance and wisdom for today’s young readers. Her nonfiction books, the last ten of which have been published by Calkins Creek, are also wonderfully produced, with appealing designs and great archival images. 

Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC: Book Highlights 2021

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by Deborah Taylor

Eloise Greenfield was a trailblazer whose extraordinary books of poetry and prose influenced many and continue to resonate with children today. Her rich body of work will always inspire and enrich readers.


Ms. Greenfield was born in Parmele, North Carolina and was a longtime resident of Washington, D.C. Early in life, she discovered a love of reading and writing and realized there were few books that showed the fullness of African American life. She published her first book in 1972 and went on to write and publish more than 45 books. She was still publishing outstanding work right up through this year. So many were inspired by her work, but she was also a role model for doing the work she loved with dignity and integrity. She was outspoken about making sure that her picture book texts provided opportunities for illustrators of color. Indeed, her book, Grandpa’s Face was the first project of Floyd Cooper, who also recently passed way.


In 2018, she was named the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. continue reading

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The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC, is committed to the fight for racial justice and support for Black lives. Please click on the links above for information on organizations to support, and readings to help educate and inspire positive change.