Nominations Now Open for James Cook Book Award

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Nominations are now open for the 2019 James Cook Book Award. This award recognizes a teen or young adult book that promotes and celebrates cultural, ethnic, or social diversity.

James Cook was well known in the Ohio and national library community as a man who was passionate about what he did. He was the Teen Specialist at the Dayton Metro Library and a strong advocate for teens, diversity, and teen literature. James was actively involved in the American Library Association and the Ohio Library Council, and served on the Newbery, Printz, and Teen Buckeye Book Award committees. James died suddenly on Aug. 1, 2005, and this award is intended to carry on his memory and celebrate everything he believed in so strongly.

Award criteria:

  • U.S. copyright date of 2017 or 2018
  • demonstrates excellence in writing
  • contains a teen as one of the main characters
  • promotes cultural, ethnic, or social diversity
  • wide appeal to a teen audience (grades 6-12)

If you would like to nominate a book for this prestigious award, please complete the nomination form on the OLC website. The nomination period closes May 31, 2019.