We are looking for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustrating historically accurate children’s books of fiction or non-fiction depicting important events and personalities throughout the history of the United States. Books meeting those criteria, published between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021, are eligible.
Please complete this form for each book you wish to submit for consideration.
Please send the confirmation email of your submission along with seven (7) copies of the published work to:
David Bruce Smith Publications
Attn: Mr. John Grimaldi
5 Burning Tree Court
Bethesda, MD 20817
Books published between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 are eligible.
Grateful American Book Prize 2021 Judging Criteria
The Prize is awarded to the authors of books for children 11 to 15 years of age dealing with important moments and people in America’s history. The books can be works of fiction or non-fiction and may include illustrations to enhance the author’s words. We are looking for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration.
– Books published between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 are eligible; self-published books are ineligible
– The plot of the book must focus on historic American events and/or personalities
– Writing style needs to appeal to young learners in grades seven through nine (ages 11-15)
– Works of fiction and non-fiction are eligible
– They may include illustrations that appeal to children in the seventh through ninth grades and reflect the highest standards of artistic creativity
– Historic accuracy is very important. Non-fiction works must describe events and individuals in a manner that is well researched and documented. Fictional stories must accurately convey the times in which they are meant to occur.
According to Arizona State University Professors Nilsen and Donelson (2001): “As with any literary form, there are standards for judging historical novels. They should be historically accurate and steeped in the sense of time and place. We should recognize totems and taboos, food, clothing, vocations, leisure activities, customs, smells, religions, literature, and all that goes into making one time and one place unique from another.”