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December 12, 2017

Dan Santat Named Winner of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children for AFTER THE FALL

Posted by Rebecca M

Each year, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) presents several awards to recognize outstanding books written for all age levels. Earlier this month at a book awards luncheon held during their 107th Annual Convention, they announced the winners of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction for Children.

Dan Santat was named winner of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for his novel AFTER THE FALL (Roaring Brook Press),the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. The Charlotte Huck Award was established in 2014 to promote and recognize fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder. The award honors Dr. Charlotte Huck, a professor at Ohio State University who devoted her career to promoting the role of children’s books in young people’s academic, social, and emotional development. Each year, the committee selects a winner, up to five honor books, and recommended titles appropriate for ages 3-12.

“Charlotte Huck was a passionate advocate for children’s books as transformative teaching tools,” says Erika Dawes, chair of the Charlotte Huck award committee. “Books like these award winners, books that foster imagination and wonder and encourage perspective-taking and compassion, fill a critical need in our classrooms.”

Honor and Recommended Books in each category were also announced at the awards luncheon, where the 2017 winners (Jason Reynolds and Melissa Sweet) delivered keynotes. Dan Santat and Jason Chin are invited to speak at next year’s Annual Convention. You can see photos of the event below.

To learn more about eligibility and criteria for the Charlotte Huck Award for Fiction for Children, click here.

NCTE is the nation's most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting teachers across the preK–college spectrum. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911.

Every seat was filled for the 2017 Children’s Book Award Luncheon and at each place setting attendees found a copy of a book by an author who joined them at their table. The event featured speeches from each of the 2017 winners for the Poetry, Charlotte Huck, and Orbis Pictus awards.












Jason Reynolds captivated the crowd in his acceptance speech for the 2017 Charlotte Huck Award®. Reynolds received the award for GHOST, a story he explained was inspired by the life of one of his best friends. 












Jason Reynolds accepts the 2017 Charlotte Huck Award® for Ghost. The award was presented by Detra Price-Dennis, assistant chair of the 2016 selection committee.












Erika Thulin Dawes announces the 2018 winner of the Charlotte Huck Award®: AFTER THE FALL by Dan Santat. In her remarks Thulin Dawes previewed the book saying, “Humpty's fall doesn't define him—how he gets up and lives does.”