Subscribe to The Horn Book

>2010 Gryphon Award

>Okay, this is not new news, as I spaced the email from the CCB when I got it a few months ago, but I still want to pass the word about the Gryphon Award, given by the University of Illinois’s GSLIS/Center for Children’s Books. The 2010 award goes to “the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade,” and this year’s winner(s) are James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost for Adventures in Cartooning, published in 2009 by Center for Cartoon Studies / First Second/ Roaring Brook. More information about the award and this year’s three honor books can be found here.

I like this award not only because of my long association with and continuing respect for BCCB but because books for younger children need all the help they can get. Those people relying on YA to keep the publishing industry and youth librarianship going had better mind that, as a population bump, those readers are aging out. What will you do then?

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >"those readers are aging out . . "

    This coming on the heels of your previous post, I am not sure I agree.

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind