The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gryphon Award - Terms, Criteria, and Entry

Terms and Criteria

Award Criteria:

Selection criteria for the Gryphon Award include but are not limited to:

Eligibility and Terms:


Entry for 2015 Award

Entry Guidelines:

Publishers may submit English language books with scheduled first-run publication dates between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Entries may be submitted as finished proofs, bound galleys and bound manuscripts.

Please send 2 copies of each submission to:

The Center for Children's Books
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Attn: Gryphon Award Committee

Submissions must be postmarked by December 15, 2015.

Additional titles may be nominated for consideration by members of the Gryphon Award Committee.


About the Gryphon Award

Origin and purpose of the award:

The Gryphon Award of $1,000 is given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.

The Gryphon award was conceived as a way to focus attention on an area of literature for youth that, despite being crucial to the successful transition of new readers to independent lifelong readers, does not get the critical recognition it deserves.

The award is sponsored by the Center for Children's Books at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Award Committee:

The award committee consists of 4-6 members drawn from the youth services faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the editorial staff of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, local public and school librarians, and the library and education community at large.

Announcement of the Gryphon Award:

The award winner and honor books are announced each year on February 1 or the closest Monday following.