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1999 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Given to Children's Book Author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
The New York Public Library and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Will Present the Award at a Ceremony on April 22
New York City, March 23, 1999: -- The New York Public Library and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation are pleased to announce that children's book author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen has won the 1999 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The Award, which recognizes and celebrates promising new children's book authors, goes to Ms. Stuve-Bodeen for Elizabeti's Doll (Lee and Low Books).
The Award will be presented to Ms. Stuve-Bodeen on Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m., at a ceremony to be held at the Library's Early Childhood Resource and Information Center (ECRIC), at 66 Leroy Street in Manhattan. Ms. Stuve-Bodeen will receive the Ezra Jack Keats silver medallion and a $1,000 cash prize, made possible through the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. The Award is named in honor of children's book author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day), winner of the Caldecott Medal. The ceremony is open to the public.
Elizabeti's Doll, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen's first picture book, is a universal tale of love and caring in which a young Tanzanian girl finds a special doll to love after the arrival of her new baby brother. The book, which is illustrated with the mixed media artwork of Christy Hale, was selected a "Best Book of the Year" by School Library Journal and has received many additional rave reviews. Elizabeti's Doll will be made into a children's film by Weston Woods, to be released in 2000. Ms. Stuve-Bodeen, who lived in Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer, currently resides in Minnesota.
The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer of picture books for children (age 9 and under) and is presented jointly by The New York Public Library and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. A selection committee consisting of early childhood education specialists, librarians, and experts in children's literature, reviewed more than 200 entries this year, seeking books that portray the universal qualities of childhood, strong and supportive family and adult relationships, and the multicultural nature of our world. Candidates are judged by the quality of their writing. As of this year, the Ezra Jack Keats Award will be presented annually, rather than every other year as previously.
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
The Early Childhood Resource and Information Center
Image used by permission of the publisher, Lee and Low Books.
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