The John and Patricia Beatty Award
The California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, honors the author of a distinguished book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people.
A committee of CLA members selects the winning title from books published in the United States during the preceding year. Patricia Beatty donated the initial cash endowment for the Award which now honors both her husband, John Beatty, who served as professor of English history and humanities at the University of California at Riverside prior to his death in 1975, and Patricia herself who died in 1991. Together the Beattys wrote eleven books of fiction for young readers; Patricia Beatty wrote numerous other books for young people, of which many have California or western settings.
It was Patricia Beatty's hope that the award will encourage the writing of quality children's books that bring us an awareness of California, its heritage or its future. The Beatty Award Medal was designed by Miyo LeFever.
The prize of $500 and an engraved plaque are presented to the recipient during the CLA Beatty Award/California Young Reader Award (CYRM) luncheon. The luncheon also provides the author with a forum to speak about his/her book and provides an opportunity for attendees to meet the author during a book signing.
The award is sponsored by Better World Books.
The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock (author) and Mordicai Gerstein (illustrator), and published by Dial Books in 2012, has been selected by the California Library Association to receive its prestigious Beatty Award.
Rosenstock and Gerstein’s masterful non-fiction picture book details what can be considered the most significant camping trip in conservation history. “The Father of National Parks,” John Muir, took President Theodore Roosevelt on an excursion into the wilderness of the Yosemite Valley in 1903. During their trip, the exploration of uncharted territory and long discussions on the importance of nature had a profound impact on President Roosevelt’s advocacy for and love of national parks.
“CLA is delighted to be honoring this wonderful book which not only highlights a significant, little-known piece of California history, but also illustrates one of the many ways that California has had a dramatic and positive impact on the history of our nation,” said CLA President, Derek Wolfgram.
Barb Rosenstock (author) lives outside Chicago with her husband, sons and two big poodles. She loves true stories best and enjoys sharing her passion for writing at school visits. Mordicai Gerstein (illustrator) is the author and/or illustrator of numerous books for children, including The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 2004. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and their daughter, Risa
Rosenstock and Gerstein will be honored at the Beatty Award Luncheon on Monday, November 4. The luncheon will take place during the annual California Library Association conference which will be held in Long Beach, CA, November 3-5, 2013.
First presented in 1989 for a book published in 1988, the John and Patricia Beatty Award winner is announced each year during National Library Week and though only one book is selected for the Beatty Award, all other books are evaluated for possible inclusion in the “Eureka! California in Children's Literature” bibliography.
A compilation of the work from over twenty years of Beatty Award committees, “Eureka! California in Children's Literature” is a bibliography of noteworthy children's and young adult books set in California and highlighting California history and culture. Critical annotations describe each title, and estimated grade levels are also included. Titles are organized into two categories, fiction and non-fiction, and within each category, by author.
In October 2012, the current list was updated and titles no longer in print are indicated by a print status of [OP]. Publishers listed are in all cases the original publishers, although some of the original editions have been supplemented and/or replaced by paperback editions.
The Beatty Award Committee members, both past and present, hope that this list will be useful and will lead to further discoveries about California, as well as to an appreciation for Patricia Beatty that includes not only her own and her husband's novels, but her love of the state that inspired so many of their works.
Eureka! California Children's Literature bibliography: sortable file (XLS, 409 KB). Prepared by Kristin Lane, Upland Unified School District -- Upland Junior High School2012 Annotations
- Karen Brown, Monterey Public Library
- Brenda Crotts, Butte County Library
- Jennifer Crow, CSU Fresno Henry Madden Library
- Elizabeth Gray, Yolo County Library
- Clio Hathaway, Hayward Public Library (Chair)
- Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library
2014 Beatty Award Committee
- Diane Bartlett, Stanislaus County Library (Chair)
- Odette Batis, Richmond Public Library
- Roberta Boegel, Sacramento Public Library
- Sarah Harper, County of Los Angeles Public Library
- Rene Hohls, Ventura County Office of Education
- Ashley Kagan, Palos Verdes Library District
- Edwin Rodarte, Ontario City Library
The 2014 Beatty Committee has begun its search for this year's award recipient. We need your help to find those children's and young adult books that are published in 2013, set in California, and highlight California's cultural heritage or future. The 2014 recipient will be announced during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014, so please send title suggestions and books for review (copies for all committee members if possible, please) as soon as possible and no later than January 31, 2014, to:
Diane Bartlett, 2014 CLA Beatty Award Chair
Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library
4835 Sisk Road
Salida, CA 95368