The Oregon Book Awards are “named to honor Oregon’s literary community.” There are eight categories of awards, each named after a prominent Oregonian, and with a new category for graphic literature. Click here to read about each category.
- Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry
- Ken Kesey Award for Fiction
- Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction
- Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction
- Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama
- Graphic Literature Award
- Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature
- Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature
This month I read all the books (except one which is still on hold at my library) in the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature category. I love reading books for children, so this little project was a very enjoyable one for me. There are five nominees for this award, and the winner will be announced on April 22, 2019.
The five books nominated for this award are:
- Kate Berube of Portland, Mae’s First Day of School (Abrams Books)
- Barbara Herkert of Newport, A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White (Henry Holt and Co.)
- Michelle Roehm McCann of Portland, More Girls Who Rocked the World (Aladdin/Beyond Words)
- Emily Whitman of Portland, The Turning (Greenwillow Books)
- Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen (Balzer & Bray)
As I read each one, I could easily understand why each was nominated. They are all award-winners in my estimation — such a nice selection of books! I recommend all five of these books to anyone who loves children’s literature!
Although I liked each one, there was one that completely won my heart. A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White, by Barbara Herkert and illustrated by Lauren Castillo, is a very special book that introduces children to the life of the author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. It is beautifully written with lovely illustrations, and for all of us who dearly love Charlotte’s Web, it shows that the ideas for that special book came right out of E.B. White’s own childhood experiences.