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Oregon Book Award Finalist Kim Griswell

You can cast your vote for the 2015 Readers’ Choice Award online at www.literary-arts.org/voteOBA! The winner will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 13 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.

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Rufus Cover2015 Oregon Book Awards Finalist

Rufus Goes to School  by Kim Griswell


Children’s Literature


Sterling Publishing

About the book: 

All Rufus Leroy Williams III wants is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book. But there’s one problem: he’s a pig and Principal Lipid says: “NO PIGS IN SCHOOL!” Rufus even gets a backpack, a lunchbox, and a blanket to prove he’s ready. But Mr. Lipid won’t budge. Is there ANYTHING Rufus can do to change his mind? Kim Griswell and illustrator Valeri Gorbachev have created a love letter to reading that’s also a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story.

About the author:

Kim Griswell is a longtime children’s literature editor. She was coordinating editor of Highlights for six years, a senior editor for Boyds Mills Press for three years, and is currently a developmental book editor in Ashland, Oregon. The second Rufus book, Rufus Goes to Sea, will be released this month.

Excerpt from Rufus Goes to School

Every day, Rufus Leroy Williams III turned the pages of his favorite book. He looked at every picture. He made up stories to go with them. But he could not read the words.

Rufus knew just what to do. He would go to school and learn to read. But first, he needed a backpack.

Kim Griswell’s website:



Kirkus Review

“…it is the parting sentence that will hit home with everyone: “But Rufus loved storytime most of all…/…because it gave him room to dream.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“A warm, gently humorous story for kids who are looking to school with anticipation, not trepidation.”


“[T]his is a pure porcine pleasure.”


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