Cleveland Public Library Continues Support of Non-Fiction for Youth, Hosts Sugarman Awards

Sugarman LogoCleveland Public Library (CPL) presents the nation’s only award for biography literature written for a youth audience, The Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award.

This award, founded in 1998, is given biennially by CPL as an honor to a writer and/or illustrator of a new biography work for children grades K-8. The award is limited to biographies based on original research and documentation written and published by United States citizens.

This year’s winner is Anita Silvey for her work Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall. 2016 Honorees are Duncan Tonatiuh for Funny Bones and Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming. Events will take place at Main Library, located at 325 Superior Avenue as follows:

  • Wednesday, 9/21 from 5-7pm – VIP Reception (Invite Only)
  • Thursday, 9/22 from 9am-2pm – Interactive interpretations of the readings for Cleveland School Children
    • Untamed Exploration with Yohannes Haile-Selassie (Curator of Physical Anthropology, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History). This workshop will focus on primates followed by a reading with Anita Silvey on Jane Goodall.
    • Funny Bones Experience with Emily Joyce (Art Teacher, Hawken School). Children will learn to create their own Calavera art followed by a reading with Duncan Tonatiuh.
    • Brown Girl Dreaming Session presented by Twelve Literary and Performance Arts Incubator. Youth will create their own poetry followed by a reading from Brown Girl Dreaming.
  • Thursday, 9/22 from 5-7pm – Awards Ceremony & Armchair Discussion
    • Armchair discussion with authors on why their process, why they chose biography, how to teach these books in the classroom, etc. Moderated by children’s author, Trisha Springstubb.

Find more information here or RSVP for the Awards Ceremony and Reception at