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“Literature is the best thing humanity has. Poetry is the heart of literature, the highest concentration of everything that is the best in the world and in man. It is the only true food for your soul.”  
Lyudmila Ulitskaya

 

 

We are a chapter of PEN American Center, part of a global association of writers celebrating literature and defending free expression. We make our home at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book 
Discovery Award

2017 SUSAN P. BLOOM DISCOVERY AWARD GUIDELINES

Each year, the Children’s Book Committee honors emerging writers and writer/illustrators with the Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Winners present their work to the public at Discovery Evening in May and editors at major publishing houses will read the winning manuscripts. In past years, editors from Knopf, Candlewick, and Houghton Mifflin have read the winning submissions.

Many Discovery Award winners have been published, including M.P. Barker, Annie Cardi, Heather Demetrios, Erin Dionne, Johanna Knowles, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Sara Pinto, Jame Richards, Anna Staniszewski, Tara Sullivan, Kim Ablon Whitney and Janet Ruth Young.

2016 Winners

This year, the Children’s Book Committee recognized five new and talented voices: Adrienne Kisner for her young adult book Dear Rachel Maddow; Sera Rivers for her young adult book The Wicked Ones; Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo for her middle grade book Ruby in the Sky; Lisa Rogers for her picture book Mr. Marshall's Red Wheelbarrow; and Michelle A. Cusolito for her picture book Flying Deep.

The winners presented their work and received their awards at the 18th Annual Discovery event on May 15th. Free and open to the public.

Adrienne Kisner has an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She works in residential life and college chaplaincy. Originally from Pennsylvania, she lives in Boston.

Sera Rivers is an editor for an educational publisher. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. She is an active member of SCBWI and the volunteer coordinator for the 2016 NE-SCBWI annual conference. She lives in Northampton, Mass.

Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo has been a public defender, an ACLU lawyer, and an English teacher in Slovakia. She is a member of SCBWI and has attended many writing conferences and retreats including Whispering Pines and Rutgers One-on-One Plus. A breast cancer survivor, she is also an avid runner and Girl Scout Leader. She lives in Ellington, CT with her husband and two children.

Lisa Rogers is an elementary school librarian, a former daily newspaper reporter and editor, and an SCBWI, Writers’ Loft, and 12x12 member. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Southern Connecticut State University, an MA in English Literature from Boston College, and a BA in English Literature from The College of William and Mary. She lives in Wellesley, Mass.

Michelle A. Cusolito has worked as a fourth grade teacher, a curriculum specialist, and an adjunct professor. She has been involved with SCBWI for the past eight years in various roles, including volunteering at the annual regional conference, presenting workshops, and serving as a critique group leader. She lives in Rochester, Mass.

 

Recent Winners

2015
Kristy Acevedo, CONSIDER
Alice Caldwell, SLY AS A SHEEP
Sheryl DePaolo, THE CHILD STAR

2014
Rebecca Roan, DRAGONS GET COLDS TOO
Pamela Sonn, JEDEDIAH BUXTON, THE HUMAN CALCULATOR
Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven, THE SHADOW BOYS ARE BREAKING

2013
Anna Boll, CONTROL. CRUSH.
Katherine Quimby, THREE MINUTES THIRTY

2012
Heather Demetrios, STREAMING
Amitha Knight, LANDWALKER 

2011
Annie Cardi, QUEEN OF THE AIR
Tara Sullivan, GOLDEN BOY 

2010
Bette Anne Rieth, GREETINGS FROM THE MIRACLE
Linda Zajac, ICE BIRDS IN A WARMING LAND
Heather Jessen, I WON A ROBOT IN A RAFFLE 

2009
Maria Gianferrera, TERRIFIC TONGUES
Anna Staniszewski, THE TINKERERS
J. James Keels, STARVING HYSTERICAL NAKED
Shelagh Smith, A MOUTHFUL OF STRAW

2008
Tamara Ellis Smith, A MARBLE LOOKS LIKE HOME
Colleen Ellis, THE ALPHABET LOOKING BEYOND THE LETTER
Tracy Miller Geary, THE SUMMER OF MY MOVIE STAR
Jame Richards, THREE RIVERS RISING

2007
Joanne Perkins, ICE HARVEST
Cindy Faughnan, SHELDON
Joe Anastasio, THE MIST
Katie Bayerl, SMART GIRL

2006
Erin Dionne, BEAUTY BINGE
J.C. Phillips for her Illustrations
Hollis Shore, THE CURVE OF THE WORLD
Phoebe Sinclair, THE TRUTH ABOUT LIAA

2005
Johanna Knowles, LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL
Ammi-Joan Paquette, CHINA BLUE
Tara Nickerson, LETTING GO
Mike Arena, THE MAN WHO JUMPED FROM SPACE

“I don't for one second think about the possibility of censorship when I am writing a new book. I know I am a person who cares about kids and who cares about truth and I am guided by my own instincts, and trust them.” —Lois Lowry

Children's Book Committee

Jabari Asim
Susan P. Bloom
Pat Lowery Collins
Erin Dionne
Susan Goodman
Lisa Jahn Clough
Liza Ketchum
Brian Lies
Lois Lowry
Kim Ablon Whitney

Special thanks and appreciation to Catherine Mercier and Simmons College