The Stuart Brent Award for Outstanding Children's Literature -- Stuart Brent Children's Book Club Announces Winner Of First Annual Multi-Cultural Award

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Stuart Brent Children's Book Club has announced that the winner of its 2009 annual multicultural literature award "The Stuart Brent Award for Outstanding Children's Literature" to author Nan Richardson and illustrator Claudia Pearson for their book Tribal Alphabet. This award is given each year to the author who makes the most significant contribution in promoting positive youth cross-cultural relationships through his or her writings.

The Stuart Brent Award for Outstanding Children's Literature

Stuart Brent's Children's Book Club has announced the winner of its first annual multi-cultural children's literature award, "The Stuart Brent Award for Outstanding Children's Literature" will be bestowed each year to an author who makes the most significant contribution in promoting positive youth cross-cultural relationships through his or her writings.

Each year, the club will make a contribution of $1,000 in the winner's name to the multi-cultural charity of his or her choice.

This year, the winner is writer Nan Richardson and illustrator Claudia Pearson for their book TRIBAL ALPHABET (Umbrage Editions - http://www.umbragebooks.com ). According to Stuart Brent Book Club principal Amy Brent, "Pearson and Richardson's Tribal Alphabet stands out, with spectacular illustrations and bright, charming details that work beautifully with the lively engaging text, whose rhyming approach makes it accessible to younger children, while strong concepts make it fascinating for older kids as well. Most important, children will learn about a wide variety of tribes following the alphabetic progression.

A map of the world with all the peoples on it and an appendix of notes for interested parents or older readers make this a terrifically happy multicultural experience--our book club readers love this book!"

In accepting this award, Ms. Richardson stated, " Claudia and I both live in the city where we (and our young children) can encounter over 200 nationalities, people coming from every corner of the globe--diversity in stories, traditions, customs in schools, playgrounds, in the streets--and we wanted to share that sense of discovery and joy in this book."

The $1,000 prize money will, at the authors' request, go to Cultural Survival (http://www.culturalsurvival.org), a not-for-profit that partners with indigenous peoples to defend and perpetuate their rights, languages, music and customs.

The Stuart Brent Children's Book Club (http://www.stuartbrent.com) promotes child literacy through the offering of books specifically selected to match the abilities and interests of each individual child. It was founded by Amy Brent, the daughter of Stuart Brent, whose demonstrated love of books, untiring commitment to high standards, and boundless enthusiasm made the Chicago Sun-Times call him, "one of Chicago's most enduring treasures."

Brent's well-known, independent bookstore was a staple of the greater Chicago area for 50 years, hosting soirees weekly with famed authors like Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal. Brent had a daily TV program "Books and Brent," that Variety called the best daytime show on television, and fan mail of a thousand letters a week. His audience spread from Chicago all over the country.

As Amy Brent states, "My father's curiosity about the world and humanity is remembered in this award."

For more information, contact Amy Brent at 847-441-9688.

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