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Vermont Author Gail Gibbons Wins Early Literacy Award

June 18, 2012

Author and illustrator Gail Gibbons and her book, Gorillas.

Congratulations to Children’s book author and illustrator Gail Gibbons! Gail has been honored with a new national book award, the first annual Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text, for her book Gorillas. According to Education Week, the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development created the award to celebrate non-fiction books that inform and educate children.

The award was made possible by a donation to the College of Education and Human Development by the Pete and Ada Lee Correll family, who share a deep commitment to the importance of early childhood literacy, according to Susan Bennett-Armistead, a professor of early literacy education. The donation established a professorship, which Bennett-Armistead holds, and programs to help broaden the scope of early childhood literacy in Maine and the nation.

Bennett-Armistead said Thursday that the college decided to establish the award to let “the publishing world know that young children do indeed like informational text and not just stories.”

Gail’s other recent books include LadybugsHurricanesTornadoes, and The Vegetables We Eat. She is also a CLiF presenter. We are happy to have her as a resource for inspiring children across New Hampshire and Vermont to fall in love with reading and writing.

You can visit Gail’s website to learn more about her. You can also read her fascinating interview with the website Reading Rockets. Enjoy!

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