2021-2022 Winner

The Children's Book Guild 2022 Nonfiction Award Winner

 

GAIL JARROW

MAKING SENSE OF DEADLY DISEASES, MEDICAL FIASCOES AND DAMAGING HOAXES: GAIL JARROW WILL RECEIVE THE 2022 CHILDREN’S BOOK GUILD NONFICTION AWARD 

 

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.

 

In her nonfiction books for young readers, Gail Jarrow has explained challenging topics—including dreadful diseases, medical fiascoes, and damaging hoaxes--with narrative verve, well-researched facts, and fascinating details. Although her books focus on events in the 19th and 20th centuries—including The Poison Eaters:
Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and DrugsSpooked!: 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 eleven of which have been published by Calkins Creek, are wonderfully produced, with appealing designs and compelling archival images. Her latest book, Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against James Garfield, will be published October 12, 2021.

 

The Nonfiction Award Committee for this year consists of Abby Nolan, Yukari Matsuyama and Catherine Reef, as well as emeritus member Liane Rosenblatt.

 

Gail Jarrow will be honored by the Children’s Book Guild on May 19, 2022.