Irma Black Award

About the Award

    Award Seal designed by Maurice Sendak
Award seal designed by Maurice Sendak

The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Irma Black Award) goes to an outstanding book for young children - a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.

The award is presented each May at a breakfast ceremony held at Bank Street College.

2014 Finalists

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?
written by Julie Middleton
illustrated by Russell Ayto
Chick-O-Saurus Rex
written by Lenore Jennewin
illustrated by Daniel Jennewin
(Simon & Schuster)
The King of Little Things
written by Bil Lepp
illustrated by David T. Wenzel
That Is Not a Good Idea!
written and illustrated by Mo Willems
(Balzer + Bray)