Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award

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Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award
Awarded forPresented annually to family-friendly books that inspire imagination and creativity.
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression
First awarded2011
WebsiteGelett Burgess Children's Book Award - official page

The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award is an annual award presented by the Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression. Named for Gelett Burgess, an artist and writer famous for his humorous Goops series (1900-1950), this award recognizes outstanding books that inspire imagination and creativity, and helps support childhood literacy and lifelong reading.


The first award was granted in 2011 when Pat Mora won Book of the Year with Gracias Thanks. In addition to the Book of the Year and several Burgess Honors, awards are granted each year in 40 categories, within 4 distinct groups: Lifestyle, Arts and Letters, Society and Culture, and Education. [1] The resulting list of award-winning titles is promoted throughout the year with additional activity and lesson plan resources made available.

The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award seal was designed by the artist himself as a child.[2] He made an early mark on the world by carving his initials, in the form of a monogram based on the Phoenician alphabet, on nearly every church steeple in Boston. (Author's full name is Frank Gelett Burgess)

Eligibility and Criteria[edit]

  • All English-language titles, North American or International may be submitted as long as the books are available to the general public (i.e., retail outlets, catalog, Amazon or manufacturer websites). Non-English language titles may be submitted to the "Foreign Language Title" category.[3]
  • Self-published and small press titles are permitted as long as they meet these guidelines.
  • Books may be submitted by the publisher, author, illustrator, publicist, or anyone else working with the title.
  • All items submitted for review must be of a family-friendly nature, and suitable for general audiences.[4]
  • Entries must be published during the preceding three years.[4]


A number of international celebrities have received the Gelett Burgess Children's Book award, including figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, comedic actor Jim Carrey, and film director John Fusco.

Year Work Recipient Title Citation
2017 author Pamela Zagarenski The Whisper Winner [5]
2016 author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson The Book Itch Winner [5]
2016 author Elly Mackay Butterfly Park Honor [5]
2016 author David Miles Book Honor [5]
2016 author Jon Arno Lawson Sidewalk Flowers Honor [5]
2016 author Betsy R. Rosenthal An Ambush of Tigers Honor [5]
2014 author Marla Frazee The Farmer and the Clown Winner [6]
2014 author Jen Bryant The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Honor [6]
2014 author Kobi Yamada What Do You Do With An Idea? Honor [6]
2013 author Emily Winfield Martin Dream Animals Winner
2013 author Jim Carrey How Roland Rolls Honor [7]
2013 author Roberto Aliaga A Night Time Story Honor
2013 author Madelain Westermann Island of the Invisible Being Honor
2013 author Karina Wolf The Insomniacs Honor
2012 author Helen Ward Snutt the Ift Winner
2012 author Naoko Stoop Red Knit Cap Girl Honor
2012 author John Fusco Little Monk and the Mantis Honor
2011 author Pat Mora Gracias Thanks Winner
2011 author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Bad News for Outlaws Honor
2011 author Laura Purdie Salas Bookspeak! Poems About Books Honor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gelett Burgess Center Purpose in Action". Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  2. ^ "Gelett Burgess Papers circa 1873-1951". Bancroft Library ( Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  3. ^ "The Burgess Children's Book Award" (PDF). Burgess Center. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award Rules of Entry". Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "2016 Gelett Burgess Award Winning Books". Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "2014 Award-Winning Titles Announced". Burgess Center. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Jim Carrey Wins Gelett Burgess Award for How Roland Rolls". Burgess Center. Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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