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 virtual presentation. More information coming soon!

Questions?…contact our Judy Lopez Awards Chair, Cynthia Levin @

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Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance: A WNBA-LA Round Table Webinar – June 24 at 7pm PST

WNBA-LA invites you to take part in a round table conversation on an essential topic: Work-Life Balance.

Are you taking care of yourself?

And how are you managing to juggle work and personal responsibilities, when you are constantly sidelined by challenges, such as mandatory isolation and economic disruption?

Authors Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley and Jen Jones Donatelli join moderator Debra Eckerling to share their stories and tips for achieving balance. After the panel, we welcome attendees to ask questions, as well as share their experiences and advice.

About the Panelists:

Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley is the author of “The Gift of Crisis,” a memoir that chronicles her story of identifying the underlying purpose of the ongoing financial crisis and the meditation practice, which helped to overcome the crisis. Learn more at

Jen Jones Donatelli is a full-time freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications such as REDBOOK, Los Angeles Confidential, Variety, Robb Report, Thrillist, Budget Travel, Playboy, and many more. To date, she has authored more than 75 books on a work-for-hire basis for Capstone Press and Enslow Publishing. She is also editor-in-chief of Edible Cleveland magazine.

***This event is FREE for members and $10 for non-members*** –  GET TICKETS HERE

WNBA-LA Stands Together Against Racism

Words are powerful, but there are no words powerful enough to describe the amount of hurt, fear, and anger we as a community feel about the deaths of Breona Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. These are just a few of the names in the last few weeks, but we hold in our hearts the names of many other black men and women who have unjustly had their lives taken.

What we are seeing right now, is a time in history where we are forced to confront the very systems that many of us as non black women have benefited from. Systems that we’ve let idly pass us by. This cannot be a time of inactivity, change must start from within ourselves, our homes and our communities so we can better support one another and disassemble unconscious bias stereotypes that have plagued our society for too long. As we and our fellow Angelenos protest, demand reform, donate and write to our legislators and leaders in our community, we stand in solidarity with black communities and other marginalized communities in their fight for equality.

They say as goes California so goes the rest of the nation. And here at WNBA-LA, we will do our best to create real and effective change within the Los Angeles community. We are committed to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities and furthering the conversation in a meaningful way.

It’s in WNBA’s DNA to support people dismissed by those in power. In the coming weeks, we will be launching initiatives to help us achieve our goals of inclusivity. If you have any ideas about how we can improve upon the diversity of our programming, please do not hesitate to contact us. We aren’t perfect, but we are committed to learning and taking action in all the ways that we can.