Battle Bunny, written by Jon Scieszka ’72 and Mac Barnett, and illustrated by Matthew Myers, was named the winner of the 2014 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature earlier this year.
The Gryphon Award is given annually by the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois. The prize is awarded to the author(s) of an outstanding English language work geared toward children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The book, either fiction or non-fiction, exemplifies the qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.
The Gryphon Award is one way to contribute to the ongoing conversation about literature for inexperienced readers and to draw attention to the literature that offers, in many different ways, originality, accessibility, and high quality for that audience.
Scieszka is best known for picture books created with the illustrator Lane Smith, such as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, and Science Verse. He has also written The Time Warp Trio, Trucktown, and the Spacehead series. Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka is a memoir of his childhood. His books have received more than 30 awards.
He is also a nationally recognized reading advocate, and the founder of Guys Read – a web-based literacy program for boys whose mission is “to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.” In 2008 was named the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Librarian of Congress.
For more details, go to Jon Scieszka Worldwide.