Irma Black Award


The Irma Black Award is presented by the Bank Street College of Education and honors an outstanding book for young children in which text and illustrations are intertwined immensely, enhancing each other to produce an award-winning whole product. Children are the final judges of the winning book.


The Night Gardener
By: The Fan Brothers

Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work. Ages 4-8

By: Liz Wong

Quackers has always believed that he is a duck, but when he meets new friends who look like him and call themselves cats, he has to find a way to combine the best of both worlds. Ages 3-7

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
By: Alex T. Smith

In this version of Little Red Riding Hood, set on the African plains, Little Red realizes what the Very Hungry Lion is up to, and teaches him a lesson before generously sharing her donuts with him. Ages 3-5

A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
By: Lucy Ruth Cummins

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains. Ages 4-8


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