winner of the
The Children's Book Guild
2022 Nonfiction Award
MAKING SENSE OF DEADLY DISEASES, MEDICAL FIASCOES AND DAMAGING HOAXES: GAIL JARROW WILL RECEIVE THE 2022 CHILDREN’S BOOK GUILD NONFICTION AWARD
By Abby McGanney Nolan
Chair, Nonfiction Award Committee 2021-2022
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.
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.
Many thanks to Nonfiction Award Committee members Yukari Matsuyama and Catherine Reef for careful reading and thoughtful Zoom discussions. We also appreciate the advice of Emeritus member Liane Rosenblatt throughout the process.
Gail Jarrow will be honored by the Children’s Book Guild on May 19, 2022. Please mark your calendars! More info coming soon.