Jane Yolen received the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion, also known as the de Grummond Medal, at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Children’s Book Festival. The award was founded in 1969 and is given in recognition of an author’s dedication and influence on the field of children’s literature.
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Jane Yolen and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators have created a grant for mid-list authors to recognize those who “struggle to remain true to their personal vision and craft.” The first winner, announced at the SCBWI’s annual conference, is Mary Whittington, author of The Patchwork Lady, Troll Games, and Winter’s Child. Whittington received a grant of $2,000.
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