FOCAL Award

Given by Friends of Children and Literature

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The FOCAL Award was instituted by founding member Janet McOuat. The Award is presented annually to a work that enriches a child’s knowledge and understanding of California and its history. In show more order to receive the Award, a book must be of the highest literary and artistic quality, and must exhibit California content. It must also be interesting and appealing to children of the book’s target age level. Generally, the Awards Committee chooses from books published within the past five years, and the book must still be in print. The first FOCAL Award was given in 1980 to Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by author and illustrator Leo Politi, whose charming illustration of reading children was designed especially for FOCAL, and became the FOCAL logo.

The Award, which is a unique hand-crafted puppet representing a character from the winning book, is presented to the author of that book. The unique puppets, which are on display in the Children’s Literature Department of Central Library, were created by Carol Onofrio each year from 1980 – 2014. Since then the puppets have been created by Jesse Kingsley and Moira MacDonald.

The FOCAL Award committee is comprised of a Chair and five voting members and two non-voting members including the FOCAL president and former committee chairperson. Each member serves a two-year term.
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Years:
All, 2023 (1), 2022 (1), 2021 (1), 2020 (1), 2019 (1), 2018 (1), 2017 (1), 2016 (1), 2015 (1), 2014 (1), 2013 (1), 2012 (1), 2011 (1), 2010 (1), 2009 (1), 2008 (1), 2007 (1), 2006 (1), 2005 (1), 2004 (1), 2003 (1), 2002 (1), 2001 (1), 2000 (1), 1999 (1), 1998 (1), 1997 (1), 1996 (1), 1995 (1), 1994 (1), 1993 (1), 1992 (1), 1991 (1), 1990 (1), 1989 (1), 1988 (1), 1987 (1), 1986 (1), 1985 (1), 1984 (1), 1983 (1), 1982 (1), 1981 (1), 1980 (1)
WorkYear
Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
2023
Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung
2022
Biddy Mason Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice) by Arisa White
2021
Todos Iguales / All Equal: Un Corrido De Lemon Grove/A Ballad of Lemon Grove by Christy Hale
2020
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix (Food Heroes) by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
2019
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
2018
Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
2017
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman
2016
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
2015
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins
2014
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
2013
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
2012
Me, Frida by Amy Novesky
2011
Redwoods by Jason Chin
2010
Landed by Milly Lee
2009
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
2008
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
2007
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
2006
The Red Rose Box by Brenda Woods
2005
Daughter of Madrugada by Frances M. Wood
2004
Iguanas in the Snow by Francisco X. Alarcon
2003
Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman
2002
Hurry Freedom by Jerry Stanley
2001
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez
2000
So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting
1999
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
1998
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas by Juan Felipe Herrera
1997
California Blue by David Klass
1996
Earthshine by Theresa Nelson
1995
Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest (Grade 3 Level) by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
1994
Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley
1993
Child of the Owl by Laurence Yep
1992
The Great American Gold Rush by Rhoda Blumberg
1991
Come the morning by Mark Jonathan Harris
1990
A Room Made of Windows by Eleanor Cameron
1989
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
1988
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1987
A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida
1986
Julia and the Hand of God by Eleanor Cameron
1985
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
1984
By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
1983
Blue Willow by Doris Gates
1982
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
1981
Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi
1980

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The FOCAL Award was instituted by founding member Janet McOuat. The Award is presented annually to a work that enriches a child’s knowledge and understanding of California and its history. In order to receive the Award, a book must be of the highest literary and artistic quality, and must exhibit California content. It must also be interesting and appealing to children of the book’s target age level. Generally, the Awards Committee chooses from books published within the past five years, and the book must still be in print. The first FOCAL Award was given in 1980 to Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street by author and illustrator Leo Politi, whose charming illustration of reading children was designed especially for FOCAL, and became the FOCAL logo.

The Award, which is a unique hand-crafted puppet representing a character from the winning book, is presented to the author of that book. The unique puppets, which are on display in the Children’s Literature Department of Central Library, were created by Carol Onofrio each year from 1980 – 2014. Since then the puppets have been created by Jesse Kingsley and Moira MacDonald.

The FOCAL Award committee is comprised of a Chair and five voting members and two non-voting members including the FOCAL president and former committee chairperson. Each member serves a two-year term.



(English, Award granter)
URL: https://focalcentral.org/focalaward.html
[Friends of Children and Literature]; Children's Services, Los Angeles Public Libary (English, Member-written)

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