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Steve Sheinkin Garners
Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award

Steve Sheinkin, 2015 Nonfiction Award recipientThe Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce Steve Sheinkin, the author of acclaimed history books for middle-grade and young adult readers, as its 2015 Nonfiction Award Winner. The award is presented annually to an author for a body of work that “contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.”

In selecting Steve Sheinkin for this honor, the Guild’s Nonfiction Award Committee recognizes and celebrates Sheinkin’s superb ability to find the heart of the story, to narrate nonfiction with passion, veracity and accuracy, and to engage young readers and provide them with a front row seat as witnesses to history.

The Committee specifically praised four of Sheinkin’s books: The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights; Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon; The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery; and King George: What Was His Problem? The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution. Committee members included Guild members Kathie Meizner, Librarian, Montgomery County, Maryland Public Libraries (Chair); Rebecca Jones, Author (Chair Emeritus); Rebecca Purdy, Librarian, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Virginia; and Roz Schanzer, Author/illustrator.

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Sheinkin will be honored on Saturday, April 25, 2015, during the Guild’s 38th Annual Nonfiction Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Details will be posted at and at Please plan to join us! Also look on our website for information about our monthly luncheon speakers as well as members' new books, awards, public events and school visit possibilities. You may learn more about Steve Sheinkin at

Jennifer O’Connell Wins 2014 Green Earth Book Award

The Eye of the WhaleGuild member Jennifer O’Connell has won the 2014 Green Earth Book Picture Book Award for The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story. The award is given annually by The Nature Generation to authors and illustrators whose books inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment.

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