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June 7, 2014

NSK Neustadt Prize juror panel selected

NORMAN — Prestigious children’s literature prize, the NSK Neustadt Prize, which is hosted at the University of Oklahoma, has announced jurors for its 2015 NSK panel. The following eight jurors have been selected to serve on the panel.

· Raquel Castro Maldonado, Mexico, is author of “Ojos llenos de sombra” and “Lejos de casa.” In 2012, she won the Gran Angular Prize for Young-Adult Literature.

· Katherine T. Horning, U.S.A., is author of “From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books.”

· Eric A. Kimmel, U.S.A., is author of the picture book classics “Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock” and “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins,” as well as nearly 100 other titles.

· Elizabeth Laird, Great Britain, has won many awards for her children’s books, including the Children’s Book Award, and has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal.

· Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Ghana, is the author of the acclaimed literary novel “Tail of the Blue Bird,” which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize, and this year won France’s Prix Mahogany prize.

· Kathryn Otoshi’s, U.S.A., 2008 book “One” won 10 awards nationwide, including the E. B. White Read Aloud Honor, the Nautilus Gold Choice Award and the Mom’s Choice Award.

· J. L. Powers, USA, is the author of three novels for young adults, “The Confessional,” “This Thing Called the Future” and “Amina.”

· Richard Van Camp, Canada, is the author of two children’s books with the Cree artist George Littlechild, “A Man Called Raven” and “What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?”

NSK Neustadt Prize finalists and winners are chosen by their contemporaries. Winners can be from any genre, any country and are selected based on their works’ perceived value to the world of children’s literature.

Awardees receive $25,000, a silver medallion and a profile in World Literature Today magazine and will serve as guest of honor at the annual Neustadt Festival.

The panel will nominate NSK finalists in a few weeks, and the winner will be announced at the Neustadt Festival in Norman in October. For more information, visit

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