2013 Jefferson Cup Winners and Honor Books

Bomb and Unspoken win 2013 Jefferson Cup

The 2013 Jefferson Cup Committee is pleased to announce their selections for the 2013 Awards. The 2013 Jefferson Cup Award for Older Readers goes to Steve Sheinkin for Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, released by Roaring Brook Press. The 2013 Jefferson Cup Award for Younger Readers goes to Henry Cole for Unspoken, released by Scholastic Press.

Honor Books

The honor books for Older Readers are Come August, Ccome Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Armateau and Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure, both released by Candlewick Press.

The honor books for Younger Readers are Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington, released by Little, Brown & Co., and Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World, released by Farrar Straus.

The Committee reviewed almost 150 books and it is with great pleasure that we announce these results.

About the Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people. Presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past, to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography and historical fiction for young people, and to recognize authors in these disciplines.

The committee has nine members: a chairperson (selected by the previous year’s committee), one person from each Virginia Library Association region (total of six persons) selected by the current chair, the past chair of the previous year’s Jefferson Cup Committee, and the chairperson or outgoing chairperson of the Youth Services Forum. All committee members are members of VLA. For more information about the committee, visit the Jefferson Cup Committee page.

–Submitted by Carol Farmer, Chair, 2013 Jefferson Cup Committee