The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education has announced the creation of the Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award for excellence in literature for the youngest readers, named after former Bank Street pioneer and author Margaret Wise Brown. With this award, the committee hopes to honor Brown's contributions to children's literature.
Cynthia Weill, director of the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education, said in a statement, “Criteria for selection will include books that promote interplay and engagement, incorporate rich language, demonstrate a consideration for childhood development, and are constructed to withstand multiple encounters with little hands.”
Publishers are invited to send board books to the Center for Children’s Literature, Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th St., New York, N.Y. 10025. Board books published (or picture books adapted to board book format) in 2021 or 2022 must be received by November 15 to be considered for the Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award and the Best Children’s Books of the Year list.
The first prize will be awarded in spring 2023 for board books published or picture books adapted to board book format in 2021 and 2022. The award will be given every two years to a board book for infants and toddlers up to age three.
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