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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

Every 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.

Congratulations to 2017 Winners

ABI CUSHMAN
Snow Day for Goat and Badger

LAURIE WARCHOL
Dragonfly: Waiting for Wings

KIP WILSON
White Rose

The Children’s Book Committee honored three new and talented voices: Abi Cushman for her picture book SNOW DAY FOR GOAT AND BADGER; Laurie Warchol for her nonfiction picture book DRAGONFLY: WAITING FOR WINGS; and Kip Wilson for young adult book WHITE ROSE.

 

 

Many Discovery Award winners are now published writers, 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.

 

RECENT WINNERS

2016
Adrienne Kisner, DEAR RACHEL MADDOW
Sera Rivers, THE WICKED ONES
Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, RUBY IN THE SKY

Lisa Rogers, MR MARSHALL'S RED WHEELBARROW
Michelle A. Cusolito, FLYING DEEP

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
Cathryn Mercier

Kim Ablon Whitney

Special thanks to Simmons College