Christopher Award

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The Christopher Award (established 1949) is presented to the producers, directors, and writers of books, motion pictures and television specials that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit".[1] It is given by The Christophers, a Christian organization founded in 1945 by the Maryknoll priest James Keller.

The 2011 Christopher Awards were announced on April 6, 2011, and were presented in a ceremony on May 19.[2]

Judging process[edit]

Publishers, TV networks, and film directors are asked to submit titles and work that they believe to be award-worthy. Industry professionals and Christopher staff members make the final selections based on:

  1. Artistic and technical proficiency
  2. Significant degree of public acceptance
  3. Affirmation of the highest values of the human spirit

Categories[edit]

  • Christopher Leadership Awards
  • Christopher Life Achievement Award
  • James Keller Award
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Young People
  • Feature Films
  • Television & Cable

Selection of previous winners/honorees[edit]

Christopher Leadership Awards[edit]

Christopher Life Achievement Award[edit]

James Keller Award[edit]

Books for Adults[edit]

2014[7]

  • American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things by Bob Dotson (Viking Press/Penguin Group)
  • Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters by Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith (Loyola Press)
  • The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying (Ignatius Press)
  • On These Courts: A Miracle Season That Changed a City, a Once-Future Star, and a Team Forever by Wayne B. Drash (Touchstone Books/Simon and Schuster)
  • Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? by Jim Ziolkowski with James S. Hirsch (Simon and Schuster)

2013

  • Carly’s Voice by Arthur Fleischmann and Carly Fleischmann
  • Fearless by Eric Blehm
  • A Good Man by Mark Shriver
  • My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell
  • Road to Valor by Aili and Andres McConnon

2012

  • A Good and Perfect Gift by Julia Becker
  • An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
  • I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark
  • Little Princes by Conor Grennan

2011

2010

2009

  • Alex & Me by Irene Pepperberg
  • American-Made—The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick Taylor
  • Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler
  • Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America by Steven Waldman
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez
  • Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance by Michael Bart and Laurel Corona

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

  • Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
  • Fatal Passage: The Story of John Rae, The Arctic Hero Time Forgot by Ken McGoogan
  • Five Past Midnight in Bhopal by Dominique Lapierre & Javier Moro
  • Jim's Last Summer: Lessons on Living from a Dying Priest by Teresa Rhodes McGee
  • Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph Over Hate Crime in the Deep South by Sandra E. Johnson

2002

2001[8]

  • Aging with Grace, by David Snowdon, Ph.D. (Bantam Books)
  • Choosing Mercy, by Antoinette Bosco (Orbis Books)
  • Freedom’s Daughters, by Lynne Olson (Scribner)
  • An Hour Before Daylight, by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster)
  • John Adams, by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)
  • Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, LLC)

Books for Young People[edit]

2014[7]

  • Preschool and up: Maya Was Grumpy written and illustrated by Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Flashlight Press)
  • Kindergarten and up: Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Home Front by Suzanne Collins, illustrated by James Proimos (Scholastic Press)
  • Ages 6 and up: The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick Press)
  • Ages 8 and up: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Candlewick Press)
  • Ages 10 and up: The Boy On the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran and Elisabeth B. Leyson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing)

2013

2012

  • Shine: Choices to Make God Smile by Genny Monchamp with illustrations by Karol Kaminski
  • Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown with illustrations by John Parra
  • You Can Be a Friend by Tony Dungy and Lauren Dungy with illustrations by Ron Mazellan
  • Hooper Finds a Family by Jane Paley
  • Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
  • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

2011

2010

  • Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story by Yumi Heo (Preschool)
  • Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, & Mary Nethery (Ages 6–8)
  • Most Loved in All the World by Tonya Cherie Hegamin with illustrations by Cozbi A. Cabrera (Ages 8–10)
  • Extra Credit by Andrew Clements with illustrations by Mark Elliott (Ages 10–12)

A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden (Young Adult) 2009

  • Close to You: How Animals Bond by Kimiko Kajikawa (Preschool)
  • That Book Woman by Heather Henson with illustrations by David Small (Ages 6–8)
  • Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker with illustrations by Marla Frazee (Ages 8–10)
  • Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell (Ages 10–12)
  • Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers (Young Adult)

2008

2007

2006

  • Am I a Color Too? by Heidi Cole & Nancy Vogl with illustrations by Gerald Purnell (Preschool)
  • I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White with illustrations by Nancy Carpenter (Ages 6–8)
  • Game Day by Tiki Barber and Ronde Barber with Robert Burleigh, illustrations by Barry Root (Ages 8–10)
  • Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney (Ages 10–12)
  • Hitch by Jeanette Ingold (Young Adult)

2005

2004

2003

  • People Mole and the Baby Bird by Marjorie Newman with illustrations by Patrick Benson
  • Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School written and illustrated by Mark Teague (Ages 6–8)
  • The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool by Margaret Gray with illustrations by Randy Cecil (Ages 8–10)
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (Ages 10–12)
  • Left for Dead by Pete Nelson (Young Adult)

2002

2001[8]

  • Ages 6-8: How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague (The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic Inc.)
  • Ages 9-10: The Mousery, by Charlotte Pomerantz, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus (Gulliver Books/Harcourt, Inc.)
  • Ages 11-12: The Yellow Star, by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Henri Sørensen (Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.)
  • Ages 11-12: Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Young Adult: The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

Feature films[edit]

2006

2005

2004

2003 About a Boy

2002

2001[8]

  • Billy Elliot (Universal Focus)
  • Cast Away (20th Century Fox/DreamWorks)
  • Finding Forrester (Columbia Pictures)
  • My Dog Skip (Warner Bros.)
  • Remember the Titans (Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Christopher Awards, The Christophers, Inc. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Christopher Award Winners Highlight the Power of Faith, Courage and Action, The Chistophers, Inc. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  3. ^ The Christopher's page on Scotty Smiley
  4. ^ The Christopher's page on Dolores Hart
  5. ^ The Christopher's page on Marty Lyons
  6. ^ The Christopher's page on Shannon Hickey
  7. ^ a b c "Heroism, Hope and Selflessness Highlighted in 65th Annual Christopher Award Winners". Release April 2, 2014. The Christophers. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  8. ^ a b c "The 52nd Annual Christopher Award Winners". The Christophers (christophers.org). Retrieved 2014-07-25.

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