Argueta to receive 25th Hopkins Award Oct. 12, Grimes to receive honor award

October 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book will present the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award to Jorge Argueta for “Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds,” and an honor award to Nikki Grimes, author of “Garvey’s Choice,” during a public presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on Penn State's University Park campus. 

Both noted children’s poets also will speak and sign copies of their books, available at the event through the Penn State Bookstore.

The Hopkins Award is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of poetry for children published in the previous calendar year. Argueta will accept the award and a $1,000 prize, courtesy of Lee Bennett Hopkins, who will be present via Skype. In addition, a special presentation is planned for the silver anniversary of the award.

Those unable to attend the milestone event in person will be able to watch a livestream via Mediasite Live, and an online recording will be available via the same link for a limited time.

The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is a juried competition named for the internationally renowned educator, poet, anthologist and passionate advocate of poetry for young people. Established in 1993, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award was the first award of its kind in the United States. The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Penn State University Libraries, and Lee Bennett Hopkins share joint administration of the annual award, which is selected by a panel of authors, librarians, teachers and scholars. 

For more information about the Hopkins Award, contact Caroline Wermuth at 814-863-5472 or, or visit the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s award website.

  • book cover for “Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds” with a drawing of children lying on the ground sleeping under moonlight, plus silhouettes of people walking carrying bags and backpacks

    Jorge Argueta, author of “Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds,” has been selected as the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner for the year’s most outstanding new book of poetry for children.

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    IMAGE: image provided by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
  • vertical photo portrait of woman standing with hands in pockets, wearing black clothes and bright red long scarf or vest with red stone necklace

    Nikki Grimes is the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award honor recipient for her children's poetry book "Garvey's Choice." Grimes also received the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for "Garvey's Choice" from the Association for Library Science to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

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  • book cover drawing of house lit at night, near other houses, with music notes along a telephone pole's wires near house

    "Garvey's Choice" by Nikki Grimes received an honor award from the judges for the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.

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Last Updated November 13, 2017