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.
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.
The 2017 FOCAL Award winner was...
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The 38th annual FOCAL award event was held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Gennifer Choldenko, the author of the award book, Chasing Secrets, was the featured speaker discussing the writing of the 2017 FOCAL Award Book.
FOCAL Award Committee 2018