Norman A. Sugarman Children's Biography Award Winners and Honors 2000 - 2014

Monsieur Marceau
Monsieur Marceau By Schubert, Leda Book - 2012 JB MARCEAU, M Available in some locations

Annotation: Winner, 2014 Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime, enthralled audiences around the world for more than fifty years. When he waved his hand or lifted his eyebrow he was able to speak volumes without ever saying a word. But few know the story of the man behind those gestures . . . Distinguished author Leda Schubert and award-winning artist Gerard DuBois bring their own artistry to this gorgeously written and illustrated picture book biography.

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World By Montgomery, Sy Book - 2012 On Order Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2014 Montgomery paints a picture of a woman who overcame enormous odds to be highly successful in her chosen career as an animal scientist, designing humane livestock facilities. Although autism can be a devastating diagnosis, Grandin's own words help readers understand why she says her autism adds a dimension to her life that she would not want to be without. The descriptions of the many people who knew her when she was a child and the ways they either helped or hindered her progress give a clear understanding of some of the obstacles in her path. Montgomery includes a thorough explanation of the disorder, helping readers to comprehend this atypical neuropathy. The lively, well-worded narrative is complemented by ample use of photographs and Grandin's complicated drawings of her inventions.

Chuck Close
Chuck Close Face Book By Close, Chuck Book - 2012 J759.13 CLOSE Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2014 This substantive autobiography concentrates on the evolution of painter Close's massive portraits. In interview form, with children's questions written atop the pages ("How do you make your pictures look so real?"), Close describes his work with candor and insight ("Inspiration is for amateurs. Artists just show up and get to work"). He explains how he coped first with a global learning deficit ("I still add and subtract by using the spots on dominos"), then with a collapsed artery in adulthood that left him a quadriplegic ("I had to figure out some way to be able to get back to work and make some money"). Yet it's clear that he considers these setbacks of little significance compared to the shaping of his identity as an artist and the excitement of creating paintings. The high quality printing and lush colors of the reproductions make it easy for readers to share that excitement. A nifty mix-and-match section lets readers compare the methods used in 14 of the artist's self-portraits, but Close's examination of his own work provides more than enough gratification on its own.

The House Baba Built
The House Baba Built An Artist's Childhood in China By Young, Ed Book - 2011 JB YOUNG, E Available in some locations

Annotation:Winner, 2012

Black & White
Black & White The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor By Brimner, Larry Dane Book - 2011 J323.1196 BRIMNER Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2012

Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist By Weaver, Janice Book - 2011 B HOUDINI J Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2012

Ashley Bryan
Ashley Bryan Words to My Life's Song By Bryan, Ashley Book - 2009 PS3552.R848 Z46 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2010

The Lincolns
The Lincolns A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary By Fleming, Candace Book - 2008 JB LINCOLN, A Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2010

We Are One
We Are One The Story of Bayard Rustin By Brimner, Larry Dane Book - 2007 E185.97.R93 B75 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Winner, 2008

Dizzy
Dizzy By Winter, Jonah Book - 2006 P Winter Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2008

Delicious
Delicious The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud By Rubin, Susan Goldman Book - 2007 B THIEBAUD J Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2008

Twelve Rounds to Glory
Twelve Rounds to Glory The Story of Muhammad Ali By Smith, Charles R. Book - 2007 JB ALI, M Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2008

Sequoyah
Sequoyah The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing By Rumford, James Book - 2004 B SEQUOYAH J Available in some locations

Annotation:Winner, 2006

Jazz A-B-Z
Jazz A-B-Z By Marsalis, Wynton Book - 2005 PS3613.A7696 J39 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2006

When Marian Sang
When Marian Sang The True Recital of Marian Anderson : the Voice of A Century By Ryan, Pam Muñoz Book - 2002 JBI AN 4-2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Winner, 2004

Jack
Jack The Early Years of John F. Kennedy By Cooper, Ilene Book - 2003 E842.Z9 C66 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Honor, 2004

Savion!
Savion! My Life in Tap By Glover, Savion Book - 2000 GV1785.G56 A3 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation: Winner, 2002

Description

The Sugarman Award is given biennially by the Cleveland Public Library to honor excellence in the field of biography for children. Endowed by the Joan G. Sugarman family, the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award was established in 1998 to honor excellence in the field of biography for children. The Award is jury selected and given biennially by Cleveland Public Library to a writer/illustrator of a new biography for children in grades Kindergarten-8, published in the previous two calendar years.


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