American Booksellers Association features new Grateful American™ Book Prize

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 2.11.41 PMMarch 19, 2015 — Today, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) featured the announcement about the new Grateful American™ Book Prize, “Grateful American™ Book Prize Established for American History Books for Children.”

It said: A new award, the Grateful American™ Book Prize, has been established to honor children’s fiction and nonfiction books that feature events and people that shaped American history.

“Of the more than five dozen literary awards for children’s books in the United States, the Grateful American™ Book Prize is the only one awarded for excellence in writing, storytelling, and illustration in the category of historically accurate works for children,” said the award’s co-founder David Bruce Smith in a March 17 statement. “Our aim is to restore the role of history in the education of America’s children at a time when the focus in the classroom is on math and science.”

Smith, an author and publisher founded the prize with former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities Dr. Bruce Cole. The winner will receive a $13,000 cash award in commemoration of the 13 original colonies, as well as a work of art to be created by Smith’s mother, artist Clarice Smith.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, and contest forms can be downloaded from the Grateful American™ Book Prize website. A broad-based outreach to publishers of children’s books will be under way in the coming days, Smith said.

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About the ABA: Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. ABA’s core members are key participants in their communities’ local economy and culture, and to assist them ABA creates relevant programs; provides education, information, business products, and services; and engages in public policy and industry advocacy. The Association actively supports and defends free speech and the First Amendment rights of all Americans. A volunteer board of 10 booksellers governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in White Plains, NY.