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Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award

Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award

The Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award aims to promote an appreciation of quality literature in young children across Kansas. The award is named for Kansas native and ESU alumni Bill Martin Jr, the internationally renowned author best known for his classic text Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?

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Suzanne Lang, author of Grumpy Monkey, winner of the 2020 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award, will speak and sign books at Emporia State University as part of the Kansas Regional Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Conference on November 2, 2020.

The nominees for the 2021 award are included here.

The Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award was established in 1996 by the Kansas Reading Association. Since March 2018, the award became a state-wide award presented by Emporia State University. The purpose of the award is to promote an appreciation of quality literature in young children across Kansas. The award is named for Bill Martin, Jr., American educator and author of more than 300 children's books.

Each year, the titles are suggested by teachers, parents, communities, and librarians. A committee chooses nominations from the list of suggested titles.

Please contact Roger Caswell, BMJ award chairperson, with any questions.