Liverpool Lori Bresnahan loved children’s books. It was a love she sought to instill in all of her students as an elementary school librarian for the Liverpool Central School District.
So it was only fitting that the district should honor Bresnahan with a children’s book award in her name.
The district presented the inaugural Bresnahan Book Award at a ceremony May 2 at Barnes and Noble in Clay. The award was selected by kindergarten through sixth-grade students districtwide from a collection of nominees for the Charlotte Award, a children’s book award whose winner is selected by students throughout the state.
“Two years ago, we had the opportunity to participate in judging for the Charlotte Award,” said Soule Road Elementary librarian Kay Budmen, who helped organize the competition and event. “Lori loved it because it allowed children to choose the winners. Normally, when you’re giving an award for children’s literature, it’s adults that pick the awards. With this one, children get to pick it, and Lori loved that.”
The Charlotte Award is given every other year by the New York State Reading Association to the best children’s book as selected by students statewide. Named for the main character in E.B. White's “Charlotte's Web,” the award aims to encourage students to read outstanding literature and ultimately become life-long readers. Additionally, the award recognizes the authors and illustrators of such literature. The award is given in four categories: Primary (pre-K through second grade), Intermediate (grades three through five), middle school (grades six through eight) and high school (grades nine through 12). Winners were announced May 1.
And the nominees are…
The district chose 10 of this year’s nominees as contestants for the inaugural Bresnahan Book Award. Nominees in the contest, all of which were in the Primary category, were:
“Around One Log: Chipmunks, Spiders and Creepy Insiders,” written by Anthony D. Fredericks and illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio, published in 2011 by Dawn Publications.