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FOCAL AWARD AUTHOR PAGES (by year of award)
Many of these authors have their own pages. These are included where possible. Other authors have been published by more than one publisher. In this case, we have included a link to the publisher that discusses their award book. There is much more information on many of our authors online.

(2021) Arisa White - Biddy Mason Speaks Up
(2020) Christy Hale - Todos Iguales / All Equal: un corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove
(2019) Jacqueline Briggs Martin & June Jo Lee (authors), and Man One (Illustrator) - Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix
(2018) Uma Krishnaswami - Step Up to the Plate Maria Singh
(2017) Gennifer Choldenko - Chasing Secrets
(2016) Russell Freedman - Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain
(2015) Duncan Tonatiuh  - Separate Is Never Equal: The Story of Sylvia Mendez and Her Family
(2014) H. Joseph Hopkins - The Tree Lady: the True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
(2013) Rita Williams-Garcia - One Crazy Summer
(2012) Joanne Rocklin - One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
(2011) Amy Novesky, author, and David Diaz, Illustrator, - Me, Frida
(2010) Jason Chin - Redwoods
(2009) Milly Lee - Landed
(2008) Pam Muñoz Ryan - Esperanza Rising
(2007) Susan Patron - The Higher Power of Lucky
(2006) Gennifer Choldenko - Al Capone Does My Shirts
(2005) Brenda Woods - The Red Rose Box - link to publisher's page
(2004) Frances Wood - Daughter of Madrugada
(2003) Francisco X. Alarcon - Iguanas in the Snow
(2002) Sid Fleischman - Bandit's Moon
(2001) Dr. Jerry StanleyHurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California
(2000) Dr. Francisco Jimenez  - The Circuit
(1999) Eve Bunting - So Far From the Sea
(1998) Karen Cushman - The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
(1997) Juan Felipe Herrera - Calling the Doves
(1996) David Klass - California Blue
(1995) Theresa Nelson - Earthshine
(1994) Deborah Nourse Lattimore - Frida Maria
(1993) Dr. Jerry Stanley - Children of the Dust Bowl
(1992) Laurence Yep - Child of the Owl
(1991) Rhoda Blumberg - Great American Gold Rush
(1990) Mark Jonathan Harris - Come the Morning
(1989) Eleanor Cameron - A Room Made of Windows
(1988) Jeanne W. Houston - Farewell to Manzanar
(1987) Beverly Cleary - Dear Mr. Henshaw
(1986) Yoshiko Uchida- A Jar of Dreams
(1985) Eleanor Cameron - Julia and the Hand of God
(1984) Laurence Yep - Dragonwings
(1983) Sid Fleischman - By the Great Horn Spoon
(1982) Doris Gates - Blue Willow
(1981) Scott O'Dell - Island of the Blue Dolphins
(1980) Leo Politi - Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street (our very first award!)

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Caroline Arnold
Stephanie Gwyn Brown
Jason Chin
Jeri Chase Ferris
Kathryn Hewitt
Dolores Johnson
Tony Johnston
Robin Rector Krupp
Nancy Smiler Levinson
Susan Patron
Joanne Rocklin
Erica Silverman
Ann Stalcup
April Halprin Wayland
Gretchen Woelfle
Lisa Yee

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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
A great site for information about children's literature.
Charlotte S. Huck Literature Festival
An exciting weekend filled with the best of children's books and their creators at the University of Redlands.
Children's Literature Council of Southern California
CLCSC is a non-profit organization that promotes interest and encourages excellence in literature for children and young adults, sponsors workshops and yearly awards. Its members include school and public librarians, authors, illustrators, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and parents.

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Adamson House
A magnificent home on the water in Malibu, this historic site is a particularly fine example of the use of Malibu tile since the owners were the manufacturers. In addition, there is a small museum here with information about the indigenous tribes and the early settlers. If you are interested in tile work, this is a must-see.
Autry National Center of the American West
Southwest Museum of the American Indian (Mount Washington) Museum of the American West (Griffith Park) Institute for the Study of the American West (library catalog and programs)
Peterson Automotive Museum
What would Los Angeles be without its cars? Visit either in person or virtually and learn about the importance of automotive transportation in California.
Wells Fargo History Museum
Visit the Los Angeles branch of the Wells Fargo Museums and see highlights of the company's role in Southern California. This website also links to Wells Fargo Museums across the country to give you a feel for the part Wells Fargo played in the westward movement of our country. A great resource for 4th grade teachers and a possible extension after a visit to the Children's Literature Department of our Central Library.

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Current "Fun for Kids"
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History of FOCAL Award
Teacher Guide to Award Book (if available)

Newsletters 2009 - present
and one from 2005

Membership Application


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