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The Children's Book Guild 2022 Nonfiction Award Winner
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 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 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.
AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER DANIEL NAYERI: A CONVERSATION ABOUT EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE
In the first program of the Children’s Book Guild's 2021-2022 speaker series, author Daniel Nayeri will discuss his path as a publisher and author. Nayeri’s Michael L. Printz award-winning book Everything Sad Is Untrue was described in the New York Times as “a love letter to storytelling” by reviewer Arvin Ahmadi. At 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, Nayeri will converse with Guild member Monica Valentine via Zoom.
Daniel Nayeri was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating at 8 years old to Edmond, Oklahoma, with his family.
He is also the former publisher of Odd Dot, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, which made him one of the youngest publishers in the industry. Kidlit.com called him “a publishing renegade." His innovative team was called a "publishing incubator," by the Wall Street Journal. That team was an in-house creative development model that allowed him to create multi-million dollar brands. Daniel has edited and published many award-winning and bestselling titles from picture books to adult fiction, cookbooks, and educational products.
Daniel is the author of several books for young readers, including Straw House, Wood House, Brick House Blow: Four Novellas (Candlewick Press), and Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) (Levine Querido)—winner of the 2021 Michael L. Printz Medal and named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal among others.
Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC: Book Highlights 2021
The following video was presented at the Children's Book Guild's Nonfiction Award Event honoring author Catherine Reef, which took place on May 22, 2021. It features highlights of books published by Guild authors and illustrators within the previous two years.
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