is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award?
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recognizes the author and illustrator of
the "most distinguished contribution to the body of American
children's literature known as beginning reader books published in
the United States during the preceding year. The beginning
reader book should demonstrate creativity and imagination in
literary and artistic achievements to engage children in reading.
decides the winner?
selection committee is comprised of six members and a chair from the
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC,) a division of
the American Library Association (ALA.)
did the award begin?
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award was established in 2004 with the first
award presented in 2006. The award will be given annually at the
American Library Association Midwinterl Conference.
special criteria are used to select this award?
award shall be given annually to the author and illustrator of the
most distinguished contribution to the body of American children's
literature known as beginning reader books published in the United
States during the preceding year. Honor books may be named.
and illustrator may include co-authors and co-illustrators. The
medal may be award posthumously
forms may be included (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
Originally published in the United States
24 pages and maximum 96 pages
to readers from pre-K through grade 2
a stimulating and successful reading experience with plot and rhythm
that will carry child along
Sentences must be simple and straightforward
Illustrations must demonstrate story being told and provide clues to
and compilations are not eligible
is it called the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award?
Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, was a world-renowned children's author who
said, "Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be
challenged, to be entertained and delighted." Responding to a
1954 Life magazine report on children's illiteracy that
suggested children's books were boring, Geisel wrote The Cat in
the Hat using only 220 words. Before his death in 1991, Geisel
had published forty-four books for children, including Green Eggs
and Ham and The Lorax.
does the award look like?
round gold medal features a likeness of Theodor Geisel.
Letters around the top spell "THEODORE SEUSS GEISEL;" letters around
the bottom spell "AWARD."