Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text

The Correll Book Awards are intended to bring attention to outstanding informational texts published for young children from birth to 8 years old. In so doing, the award committee hopes to shed light on the need for producing informational texts for this age group and to raise awareness of the need to build young children’s world knowledge.

Funding for this award was generously donated to the College of Education and Human Development by A.D. “Pete” and Ada Lee Correll through their named professorship in Early Literacy. The Correll Professorship, held by Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead, seeks to advance early childhood literacy in Maine and the nation.

Qualifying Texts will:

  • Have been published in English
  • Have been published in the United States in the calendar year prior to the deadline date
  • Have been designed for children birth to age 8
  • Serve as an exemplar of features and format of Informational Texts

The Awards
Since 2014, there have been two awards: one for books for children from birth to age 3, and one for books for 4-8 year olds. The Award is a medal that may be reproduced to include on future printings of the book.

Award Application Procedures
Publishers and authors with books they wish to submit for consideration should submit one copy to each member of the Award Selection Committee along with a hard copy of the submission form. Both the form and committee contact information are available on the Maine Early Literacy Site.

For additional information
Susan Bennett-Armistead, Correll Professor of Early Literacy

315 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469