Established in 1993, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, courtesy of Hopkins, is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of poetry for children published in the previous calendar year. It is named for Lee Bennett Hopkins, the internationally renowned educator, poet, anthologist and passionate advocate of poetry for young people.
"As a child, I was read Lee Bennett Hopkins poetry. I have a first edition of ‘City Talk’ on my bookshelf that I read to my daughter, so to receive the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is a tremendous honor and wonderful full circle experience in my writerly life," said Alexander.
Steven Herb, director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and one of the founders of the Hopkins Award in 1993, said, "It never gets old to meet these outstanding poets. Kwame is the 23rd poet to win this award, and I am just as excited to watch him receive this important prize as I was when Ashley Bryan received the first Hopkins Award all those years ago."
Selected by a panel of teachers, librarians and scholars, the Hopkins Award was the first award of its kind in the United States. The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the University Libraries and Hopkins share joint administration of the annual award.
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