New Prize to Honor Anna Dewdney

Penguin Young Readers, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader have created a new award in honor of Llama Llama series creator and author/illustrator Anna Dewdney, who died of cancer at the age of 50 in September.

The prize will be given each year to “a picture book, published in the U.S. during the five

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Anna Dewdney, photo by Reed Duncan

prior years (for the inaugural award, between 2011 and 2016), that is an outstanding read-aloud and encourages compassion and empathy.” The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award celebrates Dewdney’s commitment to reading with young children and getting books into the hands of kids, and honors her life as a book creator and literacy advocate.

To nominate a book, teachers, librarians, parents, caregivers, booksellers, and book bloggers need only fill out a form. The deadline to submit titles for consideration is February 5, 2017.

The five books with the most votes will be announced next May, during Children’s Book Week. The author and illustrator of the winning book will share a prize of $1,000 from the Children’s Book Council, and Penguin will donate $5,000 in copies of the winning book to a school, library, or literacy organization chosen by the award winner or winners.

For more information and further details, read the full piece by Sally Lodge.


Lodge, Sally. (2016, Dec. 8). Penguin and CBC Launch Award honoring Anna Dewdney. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/72232-penguin-and-cbc-launch-award-honoring-anna-dewdney.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=bddbc89f5b-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-bddbc89f5b-305871045 .

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