Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature

The Library and the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies sponsor the Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature. The award ceremony takes place on or close to October 4 (St. Francis Day) every year and includes educational activities related to the winning story for young guests to the campus. Submissions are accepted between January and April 30 of each calendar year and winners are selected by committee each August.

To submit a book for consideration, publishers should send one copy of the title to:

Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award
Neumann University Library
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014

Bock Family

Frances & Wesley Bock
Frances & Wesley Bock

Wesley Bock was co-owner of Kilner's, a store in north central Philadelphia that provided equipment, clothing, and supplies to religious institutions. As sales representative to the Sisters of St. Francis, he grew to be quite fond of the Sisters and began making contributions to the order.

When Wesley passed away, his wife Frances continued the contributions. When she passed away, the estate passed to their nephew, who, in consultation with the Library, established the Bock Book Award in their memory.

The award acknowledges Franciscan values in children's books and gives each year's winner a prize of $750 for the author, $750 for the illustrator, a plaque, and a gold emblazoned emblem for the book.

 

The criteria for consideration for this award:

  • The text should be
    • values-oriented which would appeal to the child's sense of wonder and curiosity from ages 3 to 8 years
    • interesting and stimulating
    • pleasing and aesthetic
  • The illustrations should
    • provide support for interpreting the story
    • instill a reverence for and compassion for all creation
    • depict creation, in all of its diversity

Both the text and illustrations should promote a moral attitude and/or action.

THIS YEAR'S WINNER:

2021

You Matter
written and illustrated by Christian Robinson

You-Matter

2020: hiatus

PAST WINNERS:

2019

Super Manny Cleans Up!
written by Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by
Stephanie Graegin

Manny

2018

Shelter
by Céline Claire
Illustrated by Qin Leng

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2017

Please Please
the Bees
written and illustrated
by Gerald Kelley

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2016

Maya's Blanket
La Manta de Maya

by Monica Brown
illustrated by David Diaz

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2015

Winter Is Coming
by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Jim LaMarche

WinterIsComing

2014

The Cat With Seven Names
by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Christine Davenier

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2013

The Sandal Artist
by Kathleen T. Pelley
illustrated by Lois Rosio Sprague

TheSandalArtist

2012

The Ocean Story
by John Seven
illustrated by Jana Christy

TheOceanStory

2011

Mama Miti
by Donna Jo Napoli
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

MamaMiti

2010

Felina’s New Home
by Loran Wlodarski
illustrated by Lew Clayton

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2009

Zen Ties
by Jon Muth

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2008

We Are One
by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell
illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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2007

Brother Juniper
by Diane Gibfried
illustrated by Meilo So

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2006

Daniel and His Walking Stick
by Wendy McCormick
illustrated Constance R. Bergum

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2005

Boxes for Katje
by Candace Fleming
illustrated by
Stacey Dresser-McQueen

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2004

The Boy with a Wish
by Harry B. Knights

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2003

In the Blink of an Eye
by Dieter Wiesmüller

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2002

Where Does God Live?
by Holly Bea
illustrated by Kim Howard

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2001

Each Living Thing
by Joanne Ryder
illustrated by Ashley Wolff

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2000

Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey
by Robert Byrd

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