The Children’s Book Council and Goddard Riverside in New York have announced a new literary award: the Goddard Riverside CBC Young People’s Book Prize for Social Justice. The prize will be given in celebration of nonfiction books for young readers that represent urban life and themes of community, compassion, and equality—complementing the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice for adult readers, which is now in its fourth year.
Carl Lennertz, executive director of the Children’s Book Council, said in a statement, “There are so many wonderful new books for young people that address important issues in the community and help open minds and hearts to social justice. We’re delighted to bring these works some well-deserved attention.”
Nominated books for the 2020 prize must have been published in the U.S. for young readers between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. The fee for entry is $50, but submission is free for CBC member publishers. The deadline to submit is June 24. For additional guidelines and entry forms, click here.
A shortlist for this year’s prize will be revealed in the fall, and the winner will be announced at Goddard Riverside’s Annual Gala in late October or early November.