Judy Lopez Award

35th Annual Judy Lopez Memorial Award 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.

Follow us on YouTube for the 35th Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature celebrating authors Jen Wang, Kate Allen, Cynthia Kadohata and Jason Reynolds! We invite you to relax at home and enjoy a cup of tea with us as we celebrate our authors and their books.

• Where: Your Home watching the WNBA-LA YouTube Channel
• Dress:  Formal or comfortable, your choice
• Date:  Now available to watch!

Books are available for purchase at www.Bookshop.org/shop/WNBALA or click on book images below to purchase.

Stay home, be safe, and enjoy every virtual moment.

Questions? Contact our Judy Lopez Awards Chair, Cynthia Levin @ tialevin@sbcglobal.net

Donations are welcome to help promote the award and to support excellence in children’s literature. All contributions are tax deductible. WNBA-LA is a 501(c)(3) organization.

2020 Winners:

2020 MEDALIST: Look Both Ways: a Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlin Dlouhy Books) – Learn more about Jason Reynolds – CLICK HERE
2020 HONOR BOOK: A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata  (Atheneum/Caitlin Dlouhy Books) – Learn more about Cynthia Kadohata – CLICK HERE
2020 HONOR BOOK: The Line Tender by Kate Allen (Dutton) – Learn more about Kate Allen – CLICK HERE
2020 HONOR BOOK: Stargazing by Jen Wang (First Second) – Learn more about Jen Wang – CLICK HERE 

Veera Hiranandani: 2019 Honor

M. T. Anderson: 2019 Medal *

*you may experience motion sickness when viewing this video

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Book Trailer: 2019 Medal

Alan Gratz: 2018 Medal

Mira Bartok: 2018 Honor

Cece Bell: 2015 Medal


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