Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader are proud to announce that Brown Baby Lullaby, written by Tameka Fryer Brown and illustrated by AG Ford (Macmillan Children’s Publishing), is the winner of the fifth annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award.
Watch Tameka Fryer Brown and AG Ford’s read-aloud event of their winning title, Brown Baby Lullaby. This event was hosted via Zoom on May 7, 2021. We are proud to celebrate Brown and Ford receiving the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award across many miles and households.
As part of this award, Penguin Young Readers donates 250 copies of the winning title to an organization of the creators choice. Fryer Brown and Ford are donating 125 copies each to the two affiliates of the National Black Child Development Institute, in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX and Charlotte, NC.
This year’s Honor books are:
I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illus. By Gordon C. James (Penguin Young Readers)
If You Ever Want to bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! By Elise Parsley (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker, illus. by April Harrison (Random House Children’s Book)
Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry, illus. By Juana Martinez-Neal (HMH)
You Matter by Christian Robinson (Simon & Schuster)
The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award is given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney and celebrates her commitment to reading with young children and putting books into as many little hands as possible.
As a children’s book creator, a literacy advocate, and a parent, Dewdney believed, “A good children’s book can be read by an adult to a child, and experienced genuinely by both. A good children’s book is like a performance. Reading with children makes an intimate, human connection that teaches that child what it means to be alive as one of many beings on the planet. When we read a book with children, then children — no matter how stressed, no matter how challenged — are drawn out of themselves to bond with other human beings, and to see and feel the experiences of others. It is this moment that makes us human. In this sense, reading makes us human.” (Wall Street Journal)
Llama Llama Red Pajama, Dewdney’s tale of a baby llama calling out for Mama Llama at bedtime, is a beloved read-together book. The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, co-sponsored by Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader, recognizes a picture book published within the last five years (2012-2017) in the United States that kids and grown-ups are currently discovering and enjoying together. The winning book is announced during Children’s Book Week, the celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
About Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney was the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama. Other award-winning books in the Llama Llama series include Llama Lama and the Bully Goat, Llama Lama Time to Share, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and Llama Llama Mad at Mama. Llama Llama Loves to Read was released in May 2018. She was also the author/illustrator of Little Excavator, Nobunny’s Perfect, Roly Poly Pangolin, and Grumpy Gloria. Anna worked as a rural mail carrier and taught at a boys’ boarding school for many years before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. Anna was a committed advocate of literacy, speaking regularly on this topic and publishing articles in the Wall Street Journal and other national outlets.
About Penguin Young Readers
Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Dial Books, Dutton, Flamingo, Kokila, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Workshop, Philomel, Puffin, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Razorbill, Viking, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Max Brallier, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Oliver Jeffers, Brad Meltzer, Ransom Riggs, Ruta Sepetys, Sabaa Tahir, Jacqueline Woodson, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, Mad Libs, the Last Kids on Earth, the Rangers Apprentice, and Who HQ among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
About Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America, and is supported by individual donations, grants, foundations, and the Children’s Book Council.
Every Child a Reader creates and supports programs that strive to make the reading and enjoyment of children’s books an essential part of America’s educational and social aims. The cornerstone programs are: Children’s Book Week, the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and Get Caught Reading.