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Press Release Fun: Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan 2013 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award Winners

As I traipse back to New York across this spotted globe, I turn your attention to this rather cool award, the like of which I have not seen.  Observe!

Contact:  Amy Hansen:  amyhansen@nasw.org

Cynthia Cotten:  cynthiacotten@gmail.com

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

2013 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award Winners

In 2013, the Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C. Nonfiction Award will occupy not one but two mantels. Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan—collaborators for more than two decades and friends for ten years before that—will accept the prestigious 36th annual award.

As art imitates life, their work celebrates art. Among their critically acclaimed titles:

Ø  Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, Orbis Pictus Award winner and Sibert Honor title (both nonfiction honors)

Ø  Action Jackson, Sibert Honor title

Ø  Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond

Greenberg and Jordan’s books showcase art in all its dazzling diversity. By shining natural light on topics as varied as dance, painting, and installation, the author duo opens young minds to the idea that art is not only what hangs on museum walls.

“Whether the subject is Frank O. Gehry’s impossibly curvy titanium buildings, Chuck Close’s puzzling self-portraits, or the range of contemporary American sculpture, these authors recognize the ‘drop-everything-and-look’ quality that modern art elicits from all ages,” says Wendy Lukehart, chair of the nonfiction award committee and Youth Collections Coordinator at the D.C. Public Library.

The committee delighted in the pair’s extensive research, their lively writing, and the dynamic design of their books. Because Greenberg and Jordan frequently present artists in their own words, their books achieve a compelling level of authenticity both visually and textually.

“Jan and Sandra set the standard,” says Brian Floca, artist of Ballet for Martha. “They take their subjects seriously and their readers seriously. They make books that give a deep access to art and artists. For some young people, surely, Jan and Sandra’s books will be the first exposure not just to serious art, but to the idea of taking art seriously.”

The awards ceremony luncheon will take place in Washington D.C. on Saturday, April 20, 2013. It’s an invitation to the dance…of the spirit.  Watch for details at childrensbookguild.org.

Learn more about Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan at jangreenbergsandrajordan.com.

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Elizabeth Bird About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of NYPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.

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