The NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children was established in 2014 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children. This award recognizes fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.
The award commemorates the work of educator Charlotte Huck and her focus on the importance of bringing books and children together in significant ways. Huck organized the first course in children's literature at Ohio State University, building a nationally respected program. She was the author of five editions of the classic textbook Children's Literature in the Elementary School.
- Fiction for children that has the potential to transform children’s lives
- Fiction that invites compassion, imagination, and wonder
- Fiction that connects children to their own humanity and offers them a rich experience with the power to influence their lives
- Fiction that stretches children’s thinking, feelings, and imagination
- Exemplary literary quality of text and illustrations
- Published in the United States during the previous calendar year
- Primary audience for the book is children, preschool to age 12
One title will receive the award and up to five Honor books will also be recognized with both the author and illustrator of award-winning or honor titles receiving recognition. Eight additional recommended books can be named.
Nominations of individual books may come from the educational community at large. The books can be picture books, novels, graphic novels—any type of fiction—and they should have exemplary literary quality of text and illustrations. In addition, the books should connect children to their own humanity and offer them a rich experience with the power to influence their lives and stretch their thinking, feelings, and imagination. Eligible books must have been published or distributed in the United States during the previous calendar year.
Nominations for the 2015 Charlotte Huck Award must be received by December 31, 2014. To nominate a book, send a letter including the author's name, book title, publisher, copyright date, and a short description of what you liked about the book to: NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Committee, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.
The award will be presented annually by the Charlotte Huck Award Committee Chair during the Books for Children Luncheon at the NCTE Annual Convention. The award-winning author and/or illustrator will be a featured speaker at the luncheon.
The first award will be presented at the 2015 NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Members of the Charlotte Huck Award Committee select the award recipient and up to five honor books annually, host sessions and meet during the NCTE Annual Convention, and promote the use of fiction children's books in the classroom.
Learn more about the committee and apply to be a member.
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