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E.B. White Award
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.
BOOKS FOR OLDER READERS:
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.
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.”