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Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation Wins the 2010 Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature

Unite or Die

The Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature was established in 2007 to recognize outstanding works of children’s literature. A juried panel reviewed nominated children’s titles from authors in the mid-Atlantic region. The winner was chosen through public voting on line and at public libraries, bookstores, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation was selected as the 2010 winner of the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award. The book traces the challenges and compromises that shaped the United States Constitution, by featuring children dressed in state-shaped costumes, acting out the drama of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

The award was presented at the 13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on October 16, 2010. The gala black-tie-optional affair honored Virginia authors in the fields of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Winners received a handsome engraved crystal book and a cash prize. For more information, see http://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/press/2010LitAwardWinners.pdf.

Jacqueline holding her engraved crystal book in front of a display with Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation

Jacqueline holding her engraved crystal book in front of a display with Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation.

Signing books after the award presentations

Signing books after the award presentations.

Acceptance speech!

Acceptance speech!

A close-up of the engraved crystal book

A close-up of the engraved crystal book.

Posing for pictures after the awards ceremony

Posing for pictures after the awards ceremony.

A huge poster of Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation will be on display at The Library of Virginia until October 2011

A huge poster of Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation will be on display at The Library of Virginia until October 2011.


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