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FSU Children’s Literature Centre Presents Annual Book Award

FSU Children’s Literature Centre Presents Annual Book Award
Beth Ferry, author of “Stick and Stone,” accepts the Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Center Book Award, which celebrates books that embody courage, love and compassion, from Dr. William Bingman, CLC director. Tom Lichtenheld is the book’s illustrator.

Each year, the children’s picture book that most embodies the attributes of compassion, love and courage is highlighted with an award from the Children’s Literature Centre (CLC) at Frostburg State University. The 2016 award winner is “Stick and Stone,” written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

“Stick and Stone” shows the world that it is possible for people to become friends even when the odds are against them. The goal of the story is to make children recognize the power of friendship. It aims to show how one small act or one small word can, and does, have an enormous difference and could even help to make a lifelong friend.

The annual award, first established in 2012, is designed to encourage and support an author and illustrator in the early years of his or her career, particularly someone who has published in the United States in the previous three years.

“Beth’s writing and Tom’s beautiful illustrations see a new and unique take on what true friendship looks like,” said Victoria Glass, a graduate assistant in the CLC who gave opening remarks and introduced Ferry at the banquet at which the award was presented.

Ferry, a mother of three who lives in New Jersey, has published two additional children’s stories: “Land Shark” and “Pirate’s Perfect Pet.” She has three stories awaiting publication, “Swashby and the Sea,” “The Scarecrow” and “Sealed With a Kiss.”

Winning authors and illustrators are invited to attend the annual CLC Book Award Banquet held in Frostburg on the first Saturday of October. The winner is also asked to speak about his or her work as it relates to the award’s theme.

“I’m honored that you chose ‘Stick and Stone’ as a book that embodies compassion, love and courage,” Ferry said as she accepted the award. “As I was writing this book, I was really started out writing a friendship book, but then other things seep into it, so to know that it is being recognized for these three characteristics is amazing.”

The nominating committee, made up of CLC staff members, FSU’s Department of Education Professions faculty members and practicing professionals in the area of children’s literature, carefully consider nominations and choose the winning book based on its literary and artistic merit, inspiration of compassion, love and courage, date of publication and location.

Nominations for 2017 are currently being accepted. To submit a nomination, visit

For more information about the Children’s Literature Center visit, or call 301-687-3133.


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