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Children’s Literature Finalists at Green Bean Books

Sat, April 24 from 2:00 pm PDT
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Join the five Oregon Book Award finalists for the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award, presented by Green Bean Books on Independent Bookstore Day.

Judges: Nikki McClure, Eliot Schrefer, Wendy Wahman

Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Butterflies Belong Here (Chronicle Books)
Jody J. Little of Portland, Worse Than Weird (Harper Collins Children’s Books)
Susan Hill Long of Portland, Josie Bloom and the Emergency of Life (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster)
Jenn Reese of Portland, A Game of Fox and Squirrels (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers,
Elizabeth Rusch of Portland, Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet (Charlesbridge)

Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for young readers including picture books, middle grade historical fiction, and nonfiction. In 2020, she won an Oregon book award for How I Became a Spy: A Mystery of World War II London. Deborah lives in West Linn, Oregon.
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Jody J. Little

Jody J. Little is a third-grade teacher who loves sharing the joy of writing and children’s literature with her students. Her heart-centered novels, Mostly the Honest Truth and Worse Than Weird, explore the many meanings of family and friendship. A long-time Oregonian, Jody now calls Portland home.
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Susan Hill Long

Susan Hill Long is a former editor and has written many books for children, including the novel Whistle in the Dark, a Publishers Weekly Best Book and winner of the 2015 Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature (Oregon Book Awards). Her new novel is The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King, and a Pickpocket Squirrel (Knopf Books for Young Readers, May 2016). A native New Englander, Susan moved from Manhattan to Portland twenty years ago and never looked back.
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Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese (she/they) writes for readers of all ages. Her children’s books include A Game of Fox & Squirrels, an NPR Best Book of 2020, and the trilogy beginning with Above World, a finalist for the 2012 Andre Norton Award. She also publishes short fiction and essays.
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Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books including A Day with No Crayons, For the Love of Music, The Mighty Mars Rovers, Eruption! and the graphic novel Muddy Max. She has sold ten of her twenty published books based on proposals, including her latest You Call THIS Democracy? How to fix our government and deliver power to the people (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2020). Learn more about her work at www.elizabethrusch.com
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