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FOCAL      Friends of Children and Literature


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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.




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The 2017 FOCAL Award winner is...
Chasing Secrets
written by Gennifer Choldenko


View the LAPL catalog page.

Summary:
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.


Thank you to our hard-working award committee.




FOCAL Award Committee 2017


Brooke Sheets - Chair of the Award Committee Senior Librarian, Children's Literature Department, LAPL Central Library
Patricia Douglas Elementary Teacher LAUSD, retired
Sara Elwood Elementary Teacher, Crossroads, retired, STAR reading volunteer, SCBWI
Meredith McGowan Children’s Librarian, Pacoima Branch Library, LAPL
Jessica Ko Children’s Librarian, Exposition Park Branch Library, LAPL
Alicia Rodriguez Librarian, Junipero Serra Branch, LAPL
Molly Schroeder 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