FOCAL Friends of Children and Literature
THE FOCAL AWARD
The FOCAL Award was instituted by Janet McOuat, a founding member of the Friends of Children and Literature. The award, which is presented annually to children's books with California content, was first given to Leo Politi whose charming illustration of reading children has become the FOCAL logo.
Annotated FOCAL Award List on LAPL's KidsPath.
Each year a group of teachers, librarians, writers and others interested in children's literature meets to determine the new FOCAL winner. The winning author is presented with the award -- a unique puppet representing a character from their award-winning book which has been created for them by Carol Onofrio and is now being created by Jesse Kingsley.
Also present at the awards luncheon are children who have won the FOCAL essay contest, their teacher, and a parent.
This year's winners have been notified and will be attending the luncheon.
The 2017 FOCAL Award winner is...
written by Gennifer Choldenko
View the LAPL catalog page.
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and her secret friend Noah, who is hiding in her house, plan to rescue Noah's father from the quarantined Chinatown, and save everyone they love from contracting the plague that is spreading in 1900 San Francisco.
The award event will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The author, Gennifer Choldenko, will be speaking.
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Thank you to our hard-working award committee.
FOCAL Award Committee 2017
Brooke Sheets - Chair of the Award Committee
Children's Literature Department, LAPL Central Library
||Elementary Teacher LAUSD, retired
||Elementary Teacher, Crossroads, retired, STAR reading volunteer, SCBWI
||Children’s Librarian, Pacoima Branch Library, LAPL
||Children’s Librarian, Exposition Park Branch Library, LAPL
||Librarian, Junipero Serra Branch, LAPL
||Teacher/Magnet Coordinator LAUSD, retired
|Sada Mozer - Ex-officio Committee Participant
||Senior Librarian, Baldwin Hills Branch, LAPL
|Caroline Gill, Ex-officio Committee Participant
||FOCAL President, Venice HS Teacher Librarian, LAUSD