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Acclaimed Children’s Book Author to Receive Award

Acclaimed Children’s Book Author to Receive Award

Award-winning author and educator Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Ph.D., G’82 received the Weinberg Memorial Library’s 2013 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award at a dinner ceremony on Sept. 7.

The author of poetry, short stories, picture books, novels and nonfiction for young readers, Dr. Bartoletti has received some of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature, including the Newbery Medal from the American Library Association; the Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction from the National Council of Teachers of English; and the Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2009, she won The Washington Post/Washington Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Dr. Bartoletti’s most recent book, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” is the latest installment in Scholastic’s “Dear America” series. Targeted for middle-grade readers, the series introduces history through the diaries of fictional girls living in various eras.

The Distinguished Author Award Series began with the Friends of the Weinberg Library’s desire to recognize and honor the work of fiction and nonfiction authors. The Friends also saw it as an opportunity for authors to share their literary pursuits and impressions with residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The annual event helps the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund, which supports special gifts for the Weinberg Library collections and services.

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