Here's a note from Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor for the "News Bureau," University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign:
- "The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is given by the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center is a unit of the U. of I. Graduate School of Library and Information Science."
The Center for Children's Books also named three honor books. These are:
- Jigsaw Pony, by Jessie Hass (ill. Ying-Hwa Hu)
- Babymouse, written and illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
- Chameleon, Chameleon, by Joy Cowley (ill. with photographs by Nic Bishop)
The Gryphon award, "is given to the author of an outstanding work of fiction or non-fiction for children in kindergarten through fourth grade."
While you're at it, check out the Center for Children's Books website. There are reading lists, databases, and an excellent newsletter available.