Anna Dewdney

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We are pleased to announce the 2020 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award winner, Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora!

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Thank you, Omu!

Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader are proud to announce that Thank You, Omu!, written and illustrated by Oge Mora (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), is the winner of the fourth annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award.

As we all take recommended measures to keep loved ones safe, Children’s Book Week (May 4-10) will not be able to be celebrated in the traditional sense. We hope you still join us in celebration online, and we encourage participants to share what they’re doing to celebrate books, creators, and readers by tagging their posts with #BookWeek2020AtHome.

Due to this change, we hope you join Oge Mora’s live stream read-aloud event of her winning title, Thank You, Omu! on May 8th at 3:00pm EST on the Every Child a Reader Facebook Page. This will be one of many virtual readings and events taking place during Children’s Book Week (May 4-10). We look forward to celebrating in recognition of Mora receiving the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award across many miles and households.

Thank you to everyone who cast a vote for this year’s winner!

The 2020 Honor Books are:
  • Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal (Candlewick)
  • Everybody Says Meow, by Constance Lombardo (HarperCollins)
  • Love is Kind, by Laura Sassi; illus. by Lison Chaperon (Zonderkidz)
  • Made for Me, by Zack Bush; illus. by Gregorio De Lauretis (Familius)
  • Welcome Little One, by Sandra Magsamen (Sourcebooks Wonderland)

See past winners here!

About the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award

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 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. She was also the author/illustrator of 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 Group 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, Grosset & Dunlap, Kathy Dawson Books, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Workshop, Philomel, Puffin, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, Speak, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Oliver Jeffers, Marie Lu, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Ruta Sepetys, Jacqueline Woodson and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, Mad Libs, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Who Was?, and Flower Fairies among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.

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.


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