Academic journal article Language Arts

2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children

Academic journal article Language Arts

2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children

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The Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction recognizes literature for youth ages 5-12 that has the "potential to transform children's lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder" (http://www2.ncte.org/awards/ncte-childrens-bookawards/charlotte-huck-award/). Charlotte Huck, a former elementary school teacher who joined the faculty of education at The Ohio State University in 1955, believed that good literature should be at the heart and center of the elementary school curriculum. She established the first course in children's literature at the university and went on to develop master's and doctoral programs in children's literature with a wide range of special topics. In 1961, she published the first edition of Children's Literature in the Elementary School with her colleague, Doris Kuhn.

Now titled Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature, the book is in its 10th edition. Over the course of her career, Huck received numerous awards and honors, including membership in the Reading Hall of Fame. She served as President of NCTE and developed an annual children's literature conference at Ohio State.

Charlotte Huck was convinced that if children found joy in books, they would want to learn to read and then read avidly. One of her goals was that children become lifelong readers. The Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction was established in 2014 to honor her contribution to children and teachers and to further the belief that distinctive children's literature has the potential to positively impact children's lives. …

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