is the Gryphon Award?
Gryphon Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding
English language work of fiction or nonfiction for which the primary
audience is children in grades Kindergarten through Grade 4.
decides the winner?
Gryphon Award is sponsored by the Center for Children's Books at the
Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University
Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The selection committee consists
of 4-6 members drawn from the Graduate School of Library and
Information Science, the editorial staff of the Bulletin of the
Center for Children's Books, local public and school librarians,
and the library and education community at large.
did the award begin?
Gryphon Award was started in 2004 as a way to focus attention on
transitional reading. The award is funded by the Center for
Children's Books Outreach Endowment Fund. The winner receives
an award of $1000.
special criteria are used to select this award?
title chosen will best exemplify the qualities that successfully
bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to
children and books for practiced readers.
Excellence of presentation
Distinctive literary quality and appropriateness of style
Exceptional integration of text, illustration and design
nonfiction, accuracy, clarity, organization and presentation of
Eligibility and Terms:
English language work of fiction or nonfiction
published in the calendar year preceding the presentation of the
written for children grades K-4
notable and contribute to world of children's literature
work written for children
self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (sound or film)
Textbooks not considered
for a single publication, not for the body of the
is it called the Gryphon Award?
variation of griffin, is a mythical animal with the head of an eagle
and the body of a lion. It is the banner image on the Center
for Children's Books website.
does the award look like?
no medal on the web site homepage. Description of Gryphon listed