I don't often post about book awards because lots of people write about them and you hardly need me to give you a list of Newbery Honor Books or National Book Award finalists. However, today I have an opportunity to promote authors in my state by writing about the Connecticut Book Awards.
The Connecticut Book Awards are sponsored by the Connecticut Center for the Book, which is connected with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. All fifty states have state Centers for the Book to "promote their own state's book culture and literary heritage." As of 2003, nineteen state centers sponsored book awards.
The local big city paper carries the list of finalists for Connecticut's book award and will do an article about the winners. Otherwise, I'm not aware of the awards getting much attention. But an award of this type is another opportunity to promote books and authors. And, since I feel it is my calling to promote those who may not be being promoted at bookstores or in the papers, here are the finalists in the categories of Children's Author and Children's Illustrator.
Children's Author :
Ross MacDonald for Bad Baby
Nora Raleigh Baskin for Basketball (Or Something Like It)
Judith St. George for The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence
Elise Broach for Shakespeare's Secret
Philip Caputo for 10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace for Alphabet House
Benny Andrews for Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights
Lynn Munsinger for Seven Spunky Monkeys
Linda Bronson for Think Cool Thoughts
Sue Rama for Yum! Yuck! A Foldout Book of People Sounds
That was rather a lot of typing. But, as I said, I'm on a mission.
Okay, bloggers. Do you live in states with state book awards? Let's all think globally, promote locally!