2020 Winner Announced!

The 2020 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award was presented January 22, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida, at the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities' (CEC-DADD) 21st International Conference.

The 2020 Dolly Gray Award was presented to Gill Lewis, author of "Scarlet Ibis"

CONGRATULATIONS to Gill Lewis for her book, Scarlet Ibis, a delightful story of 12-year old Scarlet, and her younger brother, Red, who has autism. A story of sibling love and devotion, fitting in, mental illness, foster care, and even a house fire and child abduction, this book will entertain and engage readers of all ages. Click here to access a book guide for Scarlet Ibis.

Description of the Award

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award recognizes authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that authentically portray individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and Down syndrome.

The award is a collaborative work by members of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD), of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Every even year, an award is presented to an author and illustrator (if appropriate) of a children's picture book, an intermediate, and/or a young adult book that includes appropriate portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Impact of the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award is making an impact toward the general public’s recognition of the positive societal contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities, greater understanding and acceptance of teachers and school-aged peers of students with developmental disabilities, and encouragement of authors and illustrators to publish quality literature including characters with developmental disabilities.

Expression of Thanks

This award is made possible through the dedicated work and creative insight of many individuals. Special thanks are insufficient to express our deep gratitude to those who have served in various capacities, and to those who will continue to make this award significant in the field: the DADD Executive Board, DADD Publications Chair, DADD Dolly Gray Award Chairs and Reviewers, Brigham Young University's McKay School of Education and the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, the authors, illustrators, and publishers of the eligible and award-winning books, Dolly Gray and her family, and individuals with developmental disabilities and their families worldwide.

Radio Interview with Worlds Awaiting

Join Rachel Wadham, Education and Juvenile Literature Librarian, and Tina Taylor-Dyches, from the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University as they discuss children’s literature that includes characters with disabilities and the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award on the Worlds Awaiting radio program. Worlds Awaiting is a weekly program for grownups who care about children, with topics that will help the rising generation discover literature and experience the world around them.

This broadcast aired live Saturday, August 5, 2017. You can listen to the interview on the Worlds Awaiting website at http://www.byuradio.org/show/afc8b335-4272-4bf4-a192-9f850d0fe390/worlds-awaiting