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Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award
for Children's Literature

The Library and the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies sponsor the Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature. The award ceremony takes place on or close to October 4 (St. Francis Day) every year and includes educational activities related to the winning story for young guests to the campus. Submissions are accepted between January and April 30 of each calendar year and winners are selected by committee each August. 

To submit a book for consideration, publishers should send one copy of the title to:

            
Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award
Neumann University Library
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014

 

Bock Family

 
Frances & Wesley Bock
 

Frances & Wesley Bock

Wesley Bock was co-owner of Kilner's, a store in north central Philadelphia that provided equipment, clothing, and supplies to religious institutions. As sales representative to the Sisters of St. Francis, he grew to be quite fond of the Sisters and began making contributions to the order.

When Wesley passed away, his wife Frances continued the contributions. When she passed away, the estate passed to their nephew, who, in consultation with the Library, established the Bock Book Award in their memory.

The award acknowledges Franciscan values in children's books and gives each year's winner a prize of $500, a plaque, and a gold emblazoned emblem for the book.

 

 

Criteria
The criteria for consideration for this award:

The text should be

    - values-oriented which would appeal to the child's sense of wonder and
      curiosity from ages 3 to 8 years.

    - interesting and stimulating.

    - pleasing and aesthetic.

The illustrations should

    - provide support for interpreting the story.

    - instill a reverence for and compassion for all creation.

    - depict creation, in all of its diversity.

Both the text and illustrations should promote a moral attitude and/or action.


Past Winners

 

 

 

 

 

2013
The Sandal Artist

by Kathleen T. Pelley
illustrated by Lois Rosio Sprague
  The Sandal Artist
       

       
The Ocean Story  
2012
The Ocean Story

by John Seven
illustrated by Jana Christy
     

     

 

 

 

 

2011
Mama Miti

by Donna Jo Napoli
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

  Mama Miti
     

     
Felina’s New Home   2010
Felina’s New Home

by Loran Wlodarski
illustrated by Lew Clayton
     

     

 

 

 

 

2009
Zen Ties

by Jon Muth

  Zen Ties
     

     
We Are One
 

 




 

2008
We Are One

by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell
illustrated by Brian Pinkney




 

     





2007
Brother Juniper
by Diane Gibfried
illustrated by Meilo So

 
Brother Juniper
     

     
Daniel and His Walking Stick
 

 



2006
Daniel and His Walking Stick

by Wendy McCormick
illustrated Constance R. Bergum



     

     





2005
Boxes for Katje
by Candace Fleming
illustrated by
Stacey Dresser-McQueen

 
Boxes for Katje
     

     
The Boy with a Wish  



2004
The Boy with a Wish
by Harry B. Knights

     

     



2003
In the Blink of an Eye
by Dieter Wiesmüller

 
In the Blink of an Eye
     

     
Where Does God Live?  



2002
Where Does God Live?
by Holly Bea
illustrated by Kim Howard

     

     




2001
Each Living Thing
by Joanne Ryder
illustrated by Ashley Wolff


 
Each Living Thing
     

     
Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey
 



2000
Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey
by Robert Byrd


 

Please feel free to contact the Library at any time by calling 610-558-5545 or via e-mail at library@neumann.edu.

 

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