Knes Family Library

2022 Sutherland Awards

The Zena Sutherland Awards for Children’s Literature have been given yearly since 1995. The awards began when art teacher Philip Matsikas, former librarians Donna Schatt and Mary Ogilvie, and former computer teacher Karen Putman responded to student dissatisfaction with the picture-book awards judged by adults. The awards allow Lower School and Middle School students to become critics in the spirit of Ms. Zena Sutherland.

The 2022 Award Winners Are:

Best Text:  Change Sings, by Amanda Gorman.

Best Illustration:  Red, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Best Overall Picture Book:  Mel Fell, by Corey R. Tabor

Here are the nominees for 2022:

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman

Change Sings

Written by Amanda Gorman
Illustrated by Loren Long

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Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

Mel Fell

Written and illustrated by
Corey R. Tabor

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Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


Written and illustrated by
Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatherford

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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Wishes by Muon Thi Van


Written by Muon Thi Van
Illustrated by Victo Ngai

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The library space is currently available to scheduled classes. Call 773-702-0579 between 8:00 and 3:30 with any questions.

Contact Us:
Irene Fahrenwald, Library

Susan Dove Lempke(long term sub for Ms. St. Clair)

Emma Foster-White, Library

Camila Benencia Correges, Library Assistant