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E.B. White Award

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The E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, established in 2004, honor books that reflect the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B. White in his classic books for children: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan.

In the first two years of the award, a single book was selected.

In 2006, in recognition of the fact that reading aloud is a pleasure at any age, the award was expanded into two categories: Picture Books, and Older Readers.

Books are nominated for their universal appeal as a “terrific” book to read aloud.

After a list of nominations is gathered from ABC booksellers, a shortlist of four books in each category is determined by a committee of booksellers chaired by an ABC Board member.

After a formal announcement on the first Monday in April, ABC booksellers vote online to determine the winners. The shortlisted books that remain receive an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor.

The awards are announced live during ABC programming at Book Expo America in May.  These are the Short Listed books for 2009 (and the comments by the selection committee):


A Visitor for Bear

by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

The committee loved this book for its sweet, entertaining story, and for the timeless appeal of the writing and illustrations.

Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken

by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss

This book was highly nominated and enthusiastically embraced by the committee for its humor, wit, and adventurous illustration.


by Kathryn Otoshi

A remarkable small press book that impressed the committee because of the elegance of its writing and design paired with the complexity of its message.

Too Many Toys

by David Shannon

Chosen by the committee because of its road-tested kid appeal, the bold illustrations which work well in a group, and the rollicking back and forth story which makes it a great choice for reading aloud.


The Magic Thief
by Sarah Prineas

A bookseller favorite which the committee chose because it started “with a bang,” and just kept on going. It was also included for its broad appeal to boys and girls, and to a wide range of ages.

by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The committee loved this book for its well-structured plot and the classic feel of a great caper. They also felt that the illustrations really enhanced the story.

The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry

The committee found much to love in this book from the wicked humor which works on many levels, to the literary references, the sophisticated language, and the appeal to both boys and girls.

by Robert Paul Weston, illustrated by Victor Rivas

Many committee members were unfamiliar with this book before it was nominated, but it jumped to the top of their list for its irresistible verse that begs to be read aloud, its inventive design, and its wit. “Edward Gorey meets Dr. Seuss.”

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Amy Monday, 29 November 1999

It is always fun to read about people reading and the books that they read. As a second grade teacher, I always try to help my students find the magic of reading!

howsaboutastory.blogspot.com Monday, 29 November 1999

Definitely not TMI. Can there be TMI about reading and books? Also, since you said you don't have any way of counting the "real" books you read I'd thought I'd share http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1975566.">http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1975566." rel="nofollow">http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1975566.">http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1975566. Don't know if you already know about it, but I always wondered about keeping track of books I've read. Too bad I only found it a year ago.

ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

I read the same article, online. At first I was impressed, but then I was perplexed. Is there any pleasure in marathon reading? I'll never know. I'm more of the sampler-reader:
I'm on page 107 of Daniel Pennac "The Rights of the Reader," (it sits next to my favorite chair.) On page 75 of John Knowles "A Separate Peace"--next to my bed beneath "Writer's Deraming" on page 161, bookmarked by a dry leaf.
On Page 11 of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," and, unopened, "The Writer's Life" both on the floor of my living room.
Nearly done (page 222) with Francine Prose's "Reading Like a Writer" which I take with me to my daughter's Karate classes on Monday and Saturday.
Needless to say, I could never bring myself to reading ONE book a day!

James Preller Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm not a fast reader, so I'm often perplexed by all these rapid-fire readers, knocking off books like so many ducks at the firing range.
Where's the reflection?
In the chase for the next, and the next, and the next, don't we risk pushing the last book out of our minds?
BTW, Lois, as a author-blogger myself, and a blog reader, I have to say that yours is my favorite author blog. Too many tend to devolve into relentless self-promotion. I love what you do with this outlet, the way it isn't always Lois Lowry 24/7, but a true reflection of your life and interests. Well done! And worth reading -- and isn't that a writer's goal?
James Preller

Karin T Monday, 29 November 1999

As another fast reader who also doesn't retain well, I try to accentuate the positive: re-reading a book is much more enjoyable when you don't actually remember everything that is going to happen. Much easier to have that same thrill of reading discovery! :)

Ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

"Does the brain like E-books" an interesting debate concerning the future of books, reading and publishing.
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The kindle I got for my daughter's birthday sits gathering dust while we go to the bookstore, browse and bring back, colorful, shiny, new books to read.

Dorothy Menosky Monday, 29 November 1999

I love knowing what everyone and anyone is reading, especially authors. My Kindle is loaded, but I'm not counting. Instead I am thrilled when I can jump onto Facebook and recommend another good read.As a retired educator, I am blessed with plenty of time.
I thoroughly enjoyed Brooklyn. And, The Help is my favorite book for the year.

Sarah Parker Monday, 29 November 1999

Lois -
Just wanted to let you know many of the parents of my second graders will be getting HUGE support from me to purchase your new book Crow Call for Christmas. I was delighted to have a picture book by you. The illustrations are so close to Wyeth. They are just so luscious with your rich text. So many of my girls have been talking about hunting with their fathers lately. It is going to be so appropriate for my students! I just special ordered it from my local bookstore. I'm dying to share it with the families who still engage in this tradition in west Michigan.

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

THanks so much! I am thrilled to hear that.

debrennersmith Monday, 29 November 1999

One reason I am thrilled with my Kindle is the airport and airplanes. I used to end up buying magazines (don't really like them) because I ran out of reading material. Now I have plenty of reading material as I fly to and from work each week. With the weight restrictions and the convenience, I wish all authors would agree to allowing their books to become ereaders as one of the options for reading.

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