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