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Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text - Publishers

Dear Colleague:

It was with great pleasure that the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development announced the recipient of the very first Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text. The 2012 award went to Gail Gibbons for her book, Gorillas and this year’s award was presented to Melissa Stewart for her wonderful book, A Place for Bats. We are now looking for submissions for the 2014 Correll Book Award which will be awarded to an author of an informational text designed for young children, birth to age 8. This year, we will actually be awarding two awards, one for birth to 3 and one for 4-8 year old children. This is the only national award of its kind. The winners of the awards will be flown to the University of Maine where they will be presented with the award and honored at the Correll Early Literacy Conference on April 26, 2014.

As a publisher of children’s books, we urge you to submit books to the selection committee that you feel would be worthy of the award. Enclosed in this packet is the list of selection committee members, a submission form that should be copied and enclosed with each book, and a description of the characteristics of excellent informational text for young children. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2014. Qualifying Texts will:

  • Have been published in English in the United States during 2013
  • Have been designed for and appeal to children birth to age 8
  • Serve as an exemplar of features and format of Informational Texts

Should you have additional questions regarding this award or the procedures, please feel free to contact me via email or by phone 207-581-2418 at any time. We look forward to your submissions and the opportunity to promote excellent informational texts for our youngest children.






Susan Bennett-Armistead, Ph.D.
Chair of the Correll Book Award Committee
Correll Professor of Early Literacy





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