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Book awards: Giverny Book Award

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Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share by Molly Bang1998
Sam Plants a Sunflower by Kate Petty1999
A Log's Life by Wendy Pfeffer2000
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson2001
Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries by Don Brown2002
The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker2003
Lonesome George, the Giant Tortoise by Francine Jacobs2004
Squirrel and John Muir by Emily Arnold McCully2005
Daniel And His Walking Stick by Wendy McCormick2006
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson2007
The Prince of Butterflies by Bruce Coville2008
Forest Bright, Forest Night by Jennifer Ward2009
Redwoods by Jason Chin2010
A Tree for Emmy by Mary Ann Rodman2011
Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's Gift to America by Andrea Zimmerman2012
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger2013
Maple by Lori Nichols2014

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The Giverny Award

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The Giverny Award is an annual children's science picture book award established in 1998 by Dr. Jim Wandersee and Dr. Elisabeth E. Schussler who was at that time affiliated with the 15º Laboratory at Louisiana State University.

The  15º Laboratory performs research on visual cognition in biology, visual approaches to learning biology, and the graphic represention of biological knowledge.
The name of the Giverny Award alludes to the renowned French village that provides the site, setting, and inspiration for the famous impressionist paintings that are synonymous with what we call "visual capture and explanation of the floral esthetic experience."
We think these paintings represent the visual inverse of humans' plant blindness (a current cause celebre of the Laboratory). 
These images allowed humankind to see plant life in new ways--to see light, to see air, to see water--to see and experience vivid, vibrant plant life outdoors--as if viewers were really there. The viewer can contemplate populations of plants in breathtakingly natural light. Like insects, we are to drawn into these lifelike visualizations of floral panoramas--just as we hope children are drawn to the science picture books we choose to receive our award. 
Note that the name "Giverny" is, in our minds, not only emblematic of the latent connection between art and science, but also of visual capture, visual explanation, and visual exemplification of captivating botanical views of the world.
Note: The Giverny Award solely represents the views of the 15º  Laboratory's Award Selection Committee, and no other endorsements by any other entity, including LSU, are implied nor should be assumed. 
The Giverny Award Criteria
This singular annual award is bestowed to the author and to the illustrator of the chosen book.
The book must be a children's science picture book written in the English language and published within five years of the award date. These books typically have ~ 32 pages and serve children between ages 4-8.
The book must teach its young reader at least one important scientific principle well, or encourage the reader toward specific science-related attitudes, pursuits, or inquiries.
The book's artwork, illustrations, photographs, or graphics must work in harmony with the text to tell an important story well.
The text must have a story with a plot and characters.
All other factors being equal, books about plants and/or plant science or biology will have preference. However, books on geobiology topics are also considered and have been chosen.
A book must be published in the English language to be eligible, but the ward is an international in scope.
The panel of judges is comprised soley of science educators and scientists.

Contact information:      Prof. Sandra Guzman .........................................................sguzma1@gmail.com

                            Prof. Renee  Clary     .........................................................renee.clary@cox.net

Recognition 

1. Winning books are distinguished with a special gold award seal designed especially for the Lab by the renowned children's author-illustrator, Molly Bang.

2. The author and the illustrator each receive a distinctive award plaque, plus the right to reproduce and use the seals on their winning book.

3. The award is announced on the 15º Laboratory web site in each year in late March or early April.

4. All of the award winners, since award's inception, are recognized on this web site.

Submission Deadline for 2015
 March 1, 2015

The Giverny Award Committee does its own searching for potential award-worthy books, year-round, but to make certain a particular book is not inadvertently overlooked, readers, authors, or publishers may mail a copy of an advertisement or brochure or an actual copy for any eligible book to:

The Giverny Award Committee
c/o Prof. Renee Clary
Mississippi State Dept. of Geosciences, Box 5448, Mississippi State, MS 39762

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