The Bull-Bransom Award is given annually to recognize excellence in the field of children’s book illustration with a focus on nature and wildlife. The award is named after Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, who were among the first and finest American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects. Both had a tremendous impact on younger artists and both illustrated numerous children’s books. Bull-Bransom Awardees will be limited to illustrators living in the United States for a book published in the previous calendar year by an American publisher depicting nature and/or wildlife. The illustrator need not be the author of the text. The award may be given posthumously.
Winners receive a $5,000 cash award, custom bronze medal, and a five-year dual/family level membership that provides complimentary access to 12 museums across the United States.
Bull-Bransom Award Winners
2014 | Peter Brown for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Children’s book author/ illustrator Peter Brown is the recipient of the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award, announced the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Brown was selected for the award, given annually for excellence in children’s book illustration with a wildlife and nature focus, for the 2013 picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Little Brown and Company). A panel of judges selected the book from among five finalists, calling it “an exceptional tribute to the wild and rambunctious energy in all children” and praising the way the book “plays around with the idea of ‘wildlife’ in very visual ways.”
2013 | Eric Rohmann for Oh, No!
Children’s book illustrator Eric Rohmann is the recipient of the 2013 Bull-Bransom Award, announced the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Rohmann was selected for the award, given annually for excellence in children’s book illustration with a wildlife and nature focus, for the 2012 picture book Oh, No! (Schwartz & Wade Books), written by Candace Fleming. The artist traveled to Jackson Hole to accept the award at a ceremony presented as part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Celebration of Young Artists event on May 2.
2012 | Sylvia Long for A Butterfly is Patient
Children’s book illustrator Sylvia Long is the recipient of the 2012 Bull-Bransom Award. Long was selected for the award, given annually for excellence in children’s book illustration with a wildlife and nature focus, for the 2011 picture book A Butterfly Is Patient (Chronicle Books), written by Dianna Hutts Aston. Long was in Jackson Hole at the National Museum of Wildlife Art to receive the award, which was presented as part of the museum’s Celebration of Young Artists event.
2011 | Kevin Waldron for Tiny Little Fly
Children’s book illustrator Kevin Waldron was selected for the award for the 2010 picture book Tiny Little Fly (Walker Books). Written by former UK Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, Tiny Little Fly champions the little guy as the fly encounters and outthinks a tiger, elephant, and hippopotamus, all rendered by Waldron in bold, colorful double-page spreads.
2010 | Jerry Pinkney for The Lion & the Mouse
Well-known children’s book author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney is the recipient of the inaugural Bull-Bransom Award. Pinkney was selected for his 2009 picture book The Lion and the Mouse (Little Brown), a striking wordless retelling of the familiar Aesop’s fable depicted in a lifelike African Serengeti setting. Noting that he’s “a storyteller at heart,” Pinkney set out to find a new way to look at his favorite Aesop’s fable, the well-known tale of the unlikely lion-and-mouse pair learning that no act of kindness is ever wasted.