FOCAL Award

Given by Friends of Children and Literature

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The FOCAL Award was instituted by founding member Janet McOuat. The Award is presented annually to a work that enriches a child’s knowledge and understanding of California and its history. In mostrar mais order to receive the Award, a book must be of the highest literary and artistic quality, and must exhibit California content. It must also be interesting and appealing to children of the book’s target age level. Generally, the Awards Committee chooses from books published within the past five years, and the book must still be in print. The first FOCAL Award was given in 1980 to Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by author and illustrator Leo Politi, whose charming illustration of reading children was designed especially for FOCAL, and became the FOCAL logo.

The Award, which is a unique hand-crafted puppet representing a character from the winning book, is presented to the author of that book. The unique puppets, which are on display in the Children’s Literature Department of Central Library, were created by Carol Onofrio each year from 1980 – 2014. Since then the puppets have been created by Jesse Kingsley and Moira MacDonald.

The FOCAL Award committee is comprised of a Chair and five voting members and two non-voting members including the FOCAL president and former committee chairperson. Each member serves a two-year term.
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Years:
Todos, 2023 (1), 2022 (1), 2021 (1), 2020 (1), 2019 (1), 2018 (1), 2017 (1), 2016 (1), 2015 (1), 2014 (1), 2013 (1), 2012 (1), 2011 (1), 2010 (1), 2009 (1), 2008 (1), 2007 (1), 2006 (1), 2005 (1), 2004 (1), 2003 (1), 2002 (1), 2001 (1), 2000 (1), 1999 (1), 1998 (1), 1997 (1), 1996 (1), 1995 (1), 1994 (1), 1993 (1), 1992 (1), 1991 (1), 1990 (1), 1989 (1), 1988 (1), 1987 (1), 1986 (1), 1985 (1), 1984 (1), 1983 (1), 1982 (1), 1981 (1), 1980 (1)
ObraAno
Efren Divided de Ernesto Cisneros
2023
Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist de Julie Leung
2022
Biddy Mason Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice) de Arisa White
2021
Todos Iguales / All Equal: Un Corrido De Lemon Grove/A Ballad of Lemon Grove de Christy Hale
2020
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix (Food Heroes) de Jacqueline Briggs Martin
2019
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh de Uma Krishnaswami
2018
Chasing Secrets de Gennifer Choldenko
2017
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain de Russell Freedman
2016
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation de Duncan Tonatiuh
2015
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever de H. Joseph Hopkins
2014
One Crazy Summer de Rita Williams-Garcia
2013
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street de Joanne Rocklin
2012
Me, Frida de Amy Novesky
2011
Redwoods de Jason Chin
2010
Landed de Milly Lee
2009
Esperanza Rising de Pam Muñoz Ryan
2008
The Higher Power of Lucky de Susan Patron
2007
Al Capone Does My Shirts de Gennifer Choldenko
2006
The Red Rose Box de Brenda Woods
2005
Daughter of Madrugada de Frances M. Wood
2004
Iguanas in the Snow de Francisco X. Alarcon
2003
Bandit's Moon de Sid Fleischman
2002
Hurry Freedom de Jerry Stanley
2001
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child de Francisco Jimenez
2000
So Far from the Sea de Eve Bunting
1999
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple de Karen Cushman
1998
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas de Juan Felipe Herrera
1997
California Blue de David Klass
1996
Earthshine de Theresa Nelson
1995
Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest (Grade 3 Level) de Deborah Nourse Lattimore
1994
Children of the Dust Bowl de Jerry Stanley
1993
Child of the Owl de Laurence Yep
1992
The Great American Gold Rush de Rhoda Blumberg
1991
Come the morning de Mark Jonathan Harris
1990
A Room Made of Windows de Eleanor Cameron
1989
Farewell to Manzanar de Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
1988
Dear Mr. Henshaw de Beverly Cleary
1987
A Jar of Dreams de Yoshiko Uchida
1986
Julia and the Hand of God de Eleanor Cameron
1985
Dragonwings de Laurence Yep
1984
By the Great Horn Spoon! de Sid Fleischman
1983
Blue Willow de Doris Gates
1982
Island of the Blue Dolphins de Scott O'Dell
1981
Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street de Leo Politi
1980

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The FOCAL Award was instituted by founding member Janet McOuat. The Award is presented annually to a work that enriches a child’s knowledge and understanding of California and its history. In order to receive the Award, a book must be of the highest literary and artistic quality, and must exhibit California content. It must also be interesting and appealing to children of the book’s target age level. Generally, the Awards Committee chooses from books published within the past five years, and the book must still be in print. The first FOCAL Award was given in 1980 to Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by author and illustrator Leo Politi, whose charming illustration of reading children was designed especially for FOCAL, and became the FOCAL logo.

The Award, which is a unique hand-crafted puppet representing a character from the winning book, is presented to the author of that book. The unique puppets, which are on display in the Children’s Literature Department of Central Library, were created by Carol Onofrio each year from 1980 – 2014. Since then the puppets have been created by Jesse Kingsley and Moira MacDonald.

The FOCAL Award committee is comprised of a Chair and five voting members and two non-voting members including the FOCAL president and former committee chairperson. Each member serves a two-year term.



(English, Award granter)
URL: https://focalcentral.org/focalaward.html
[Friends of Children and Literature]; Children's Services, Los Angeles Public Libary (English, Member-written)

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