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The Best Books of the Year: Bull-Bransom Finalists What Forest Knows Illustrator: August Hall Simon and Schuster Call of the Wild Magazine | 2015–16 Breathe Illustrator: Scott Magoon Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers T h e 2 0 1 5 A wa r d Wi n n e r he National Museum of Wildlife Art is pleased to announce Rick Allen, illustrator of Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold, as the winner of the annual Bull- Bransom Award. The award, given for artistic excellence in wildlife illustration of children’s books, was presented on Thursday, May 7, at the Museum. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold (by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2014) is a collection of poems about animals and their winter habits from the points of view of migrating tundra swans, beavers, moose, snakes and, of course, bees. Allen’s stunning illustrations were created with linoleum block prints enhanced by hand-coloring and digital composition. A little about this process is explained on the book’s copyright page. Lynn Estes Friess, National Museum of Wildlife Art Museum Trustee, author of the Carl children’s book series and an originator of the Bull-Bransom Award said, “It’s an honor to celebrate Rick Allen, each of the 2015 finalists and all of the Bull-Bransom Award winners. For kids who can’t yet read or are just learning, it’s the work of the illustrators that fully captivates and engages the child.” he Bull-Bransom Award is named for Charles Livingston Bull (1874–1932) and Paul Bransom (1885–1979), two of the first American artistillustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects. Both had a tremendous impact on younger wildlife artists, both created numerous children’s books and both are well represented in the National Museum of Wildlife Art collection. The award was created in 2010 in the tradition of such prestigious children’s book illustrator awards as the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King and Hans Christian Andersen awards. Given annually to recognize excellence in the field of children’s book illustration with a focus on nature and wildlife, it is presented in the form of a medal and a $5,000 cash award. The panel of judges includes well-respected professionals in the children’s book publishing industry. “One of my favorite parts of working at the National Museum of Wildlife Art is doing the research for the Bull-Bransom Award,” says Bronwyn Minton, Associate Curator of Art and Research and a member of the panel that selects the finalists. “With such a talented group of illustrators, this year’s decision was especially tough.” T Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea Illustrator: Brian Floca Schwartz and Wade Books Random House Flashlight Illustrator: Lizi Boyd Chronicle Books T 17


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