Judy Lopez Award

The Judy Lopez Memorial Awards for Children’s Literature

The Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature is granted annually to works of literary excellence for nine- to twelve-year-olds.  The award is in remembrance of Judy Lopez, a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association who was passionate about seeing children’s literature of quality recognized and rewarded.

Each year, a committee of librarians, teachers and others interested in children’s literature select a winning book and several honor books.  Books submitted for the award must have been published in the United States in the year preceding the award. The author must be a United States citizen or a resident of the United States.

The medal awarded the winning book was designed by sculptor Alex Shagrin and modeled after Judy’s daughter, Coco. It is cast in solid bronze.  The medalist and the authors of the honor books are celebrated each year at an annual awards ceremony.

Established in 1985, the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature is administered by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

Please save the date of October 4, 2020 for this year’s event.  More info TBA.

For more information, contact our Judy Lopez Awards Chair, Cynthia Levin @ tialevin@sbcglobal.net

2019 Judy Lopez Medalists
Veera Hiranandan:

Sharon Draper:

Alan Gratz:

M. T. Anderson:

Cece Bell:

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Judy Lopez 2018 medalist