Welcome to Picture Books for All

Children of all abilities should see themselves in the books they read. That's what makes reading fun. There are many picture books that include characters with disabilities; some are excellent in terms of their portrayal of these characters, some are pretty good, and some miss the mark. This blog features these picture books and evaluates them based on standards for quality in children's books that portray characters with disabilities. For more information, see the first post entitled "Welcome to Picture Books for All." (Click here) Welcome to Picture Books For All

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Contests and Competitions

The  Whole Megillah, a blog written by Barbara Krasner, is holding its annual Jewish Picture Book contest. Deadline is February 15th. I'm entering. Are you?  Here's the info:  http://thewholemegillah.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/announcing-the-2013-the-whole-megillah-picture-book-manuscript-contest/

Do you know about the Schneider Family Book Award? It's an annual award given in three categories to writers of children's literature that include characters with disabilities. Only published books can be submitted. The deadline each year is December 1st, so you have a whole 11 months to think about your favorite books that portray characters with disabilities. Maybe a book featured on this blog will be one of the next winners.  Here's more information:  http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/1/apply

The Dolly Gray Award:  The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award was initiated in 2000 to recognize authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities. Read more: http://daddcec.org/Awards/DollyGrayAwards.aspx  Look carefully, and you'll see that My Brother Charlie, featured on this blog in August, was a Dolly Gray award winner in 2012. The awards are given every even year.

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