In a Blue Room has been named one of five recipients of the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book Award for picture book text. This is so exciting! Here are excerpts from the press release:
Bob Graham Wins 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham is the twelfth annual winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The 2009 Zolotow Award committee named five Honor Books: How I Learned Geography, written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, edited by Margaret Ferguson, and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; How Mama Brought the Spring, written by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Holly Berry, edited by Julie Strauss-Gebel and Donna Brooks, and published by Dutton; In a Blue Room written by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Tricia Tusa, edited by Samantha McFerrin, and published by Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin; A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, edited by Shannon White, and published by Eerdmans; and Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad, written and illustrated by James Rumford, edited by Neal Porter, and published by Roaring Brook Press.
Established in 1998, the Charlotte Zolotow Award honors the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books, including such classic works as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Harper, 1962) and William's Doll (Harper, 1972). Ms. Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933 to 1936, where she studied with
Professor Helen C. White. The award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book for children in the birth through seven age range published in the United States in the preceding year.