Author Joseph Kuefler, winner of the 2016 Zena Sutherland best overall award for his first book, Beyond the Pond, visited Lab from St. Paul, MN. As the previous winner, he had the honor of announcing the 2017 award winning titles at today's 23rd annual Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature Ceremony held in Gordon Parks Arts Hall and attended by Labbies in third through sixth grades.
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari and illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Created and funded in honor of Zena Sutherland (a former UChicago faculty member and still considered among the world's most influential scholars of young people's literature), the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature is one of the only kid-selected book awards in the United States and has grown an international reputation.
Each year, Lab librarians review new children's books and narrow the group to 20. Sixth graders work from November to March negotiating the finalists and then promote each book, writing and giving persuasive presentations in support of their "candidate." Then third, fourth, and fifth graders vote on best illustration, best text, and best overall.Lab brings the previous year's award-winning author to the school. Students host the award ceremony, introducing the author who announces the newest winner to a crowd of wildly cheering children.