In 1993, Lee Bennett Hopkins established the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award (in association with Pennsylvania State University) for an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of children's poetry. The first recipient was Ashley Bryan for Sing to the Sun.
For a complete listing of all the award and honor books, as well as teaching guides and digital trailers (created by my wonderful librarian students) for many of these books, go to the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Teaching Toolbox.
In 1995, Lee Bennett Hopkins established the Promising Poet Award in collaboration with the International Reading Association to encourage new poets in their writing beginning with Deborah Chandra (Rich Lizard and Other Poems, 1993). The most recent recipient is Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Under the Mesquite, 2011 ). Here’s the complete list:
2013 -- Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Under the Mesquite. New York: Lee & Low, 2011)
2010 -- Gregory Neri (Chess Rumble. New York: Lee & Low, 2009)
2007 -- Joyce Lee Wong (Seeing Emily. New York: Abrams, 2006)
2004 -- Lindsay Lee Johnson (Soul Moon Soup. Asheville, NC: Front Street, 2002)
2001 -- Craig Crist-Evans (Moon Over Tennessee: A Boy’s Civil War Journal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
1998 -- Kristine O’Connell George (The Great Frog Race and Other Poems. New York: Clarion, 1997)
1995 -- Deborah Chandra (Rich Lizard and Other Poems. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993)
In 1998, Bank Street College established the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year in honor of the late Claudia Lewis, a distinguished children's book expert and longtime member of the Bank Street College faculty. The first recipient was The Invisible Ladder; An Anthology of Contemporary American Poems for Young Readers compiled by Liz Rosenberg.
For a complete listing of all the award and honor books, as well as teaching guides and digital trailers (created by my wonderful librarian students) for many of these books, go to the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award Teaching Toolbox.
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