Previous Winners of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award
2010 Honor Awards went to Betsy Franco for A Curious Collection of Cats (Tricycle Press), Helen Frost for Crossing Stones (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), and Mary Ann Hoberman and Lnda Winston selctors for The Tree That Time Built; A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination (Sourcebooks)
Honor Awards for 2009 went to Patricia C. McKissack for Stitchin' and Pullin' a Gee's Bend Quilt (Random House Children's Books) and Margarita Engle for The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom (Henry Holt and Company).
2008 Honor Awards went to John Grandits for Blue Lipstick (Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin Company imprint) and Joyce Sidman for This is Just to Say (Houghton Mifflin Company).
Honor awards were presented to Jack Prelutsky for Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (Greenwillow), Helen Frost for The Braid (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux), and Diane Siebert for Tour America (Chronicle Books).
Honor awards were presented to Naomi Shihab Nye for A Maze Me (Greenwillow) and Marilyn Nelson for A Wreath for Emmett Till (Houghton Mifflin).
The award in 2005 was presented to Walter Dean Myers for his book, Here in Harlem. The judges praised this as a "collection of diverse and outstanding poems (which) draw the reader into a community where one feels as if s/he has lived there amongst these people" and "a rich tapestry of characters that come to life on the page." A poem from this collection, "Gerry Jones, 14, Student," was also featured on a Public Poetry Project poster this year. Click here to view the poster.
Additionally, judges gave honor awards to Naomi Shihab Nye for Is This Forever, or What?: Poems and Paintings from Texas (Greenwillow) and Marilyn Singer for Creature Carnival, illustrated by Gris Grimly (Hyperion).
The 2004 winner was Stephen Mitchell for The Wishing Bone and Other Poems, illustrated by Tom Pohrt (Candlewick). One judge described The Wishing Bone as “vastly entertaining and utterly accessible to children” and “thought provoking.” “It is destined to become a children's classic,” said another judge. The award and a $500 prize was presented to Mitchell on May 7, 2004, at the Children's Literature Matters Conference at Penn State.
Judges also gave honor awards to Diane Ackerman for Animal Sense, illustrated by Peter Sís (Knopf); Walter Dean Myers for Blues Journey, illustrated by Christopher Myers (Holiday House); Samuel Jay Keyser for The Pond God and Other Stories, illustrated by Robert Shetterly (Front Street); and Hope Anita Smith for The Way A Door Closes, illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Henry Holt).
The winner in 2003 was Constance Levy for Splash! Poems of Our Watery World, illustrated by David Soman (Orchard Books). One judge called Levy's poems “highly original, imaginative—they wake us up, make us see water in new ways such as an iceberg as 'a glacier's child.'” Another judge described the poems as “beautifully crafted with imagery that perfectly reflected the topic of the book, and while the crafting was sophisticated, the poems were very accessible to children.” The award and a $500 prize were presented to Levy on April 11, 2003, at the Children's Literature Matters Conference at Penn State.
Additionally, judges gave honor awards to April Halprin Wayland's Girl Coming in for a Landing-A Novel in Poems, illustrated by Elaine Clayton (Alfred A. Knopf); Maria Testa's Becoming Joe DiMaggio (Candlewick Press); and Jaime Adoff's The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth, illustrated by Martin French (Dutton Children's Books).
The 2002 winner was Anna Grossnickle Hines for Pieces: A
Year in Poems and Quilts (Greenwillow Books). Along with the award,
Grossnickle received a $500 prize. The award was presented on April 5, 2002 at the
Literature Matters Conference at Penn State University.
Additionally, judges gave honor awards to Linda Oatman High for A Humble Life: Plain Poems, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.); Paul Janeczko for A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems, illustrated by Chris Raschka (Candlewick Press); and Charles R. Smith Jr. for Short Takes: Fast-break Basketball Poetry (Dutton Books).
The 2001 winner was Liz Rosenberg for the anthology Light-Gathering Poems (Henry Holt & Company, Inc.), a collection featuring authors such as Dickinson, Frost, Stafford and Keats. Rosenberg arranged the poems alphabetically and included biographical notes for those who wish to learn more about a poet or poem in the anthology.
The judges explained their selection of Light-Gathering Poems with the words “expansive, beautiful, classical, great choices, accessiblejust the kind of poems to turn children on to the music and sound of the words.” One judge remarked, “This is the kind of book I could see a young person keeping and cherishing and returning to over and over again.”
Judges also selected Paul B. Janeczko to receive an honor award for Stone Bench in an Empty Park (Orchard Books)a collection of haiku poems that celebrate city life, illustrated with black-and-white photos by Henri Silberman.
“I love the clean lines and open spaces of this book, and the subtlety of the haiku and the pristine black and white photos of mostly city scenes. I like the premise of discovering poetry in the ordinary things around us,” wrote one judge about Stone Beach in an Empty Park.
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