James Madison Book Award
The James Madison Book Award is given each July to the book that best represents excellence in bringing knowledge and understanding of… read more
The James Madison Book Award is given each July to the book that best represents excellence in bringing knowledge and understanding of American history to children in elementary and middle-school. It is made possible by a gift from Lynne Cheney, who has donated a portion of the proceeds from her book America: A Patriotic Primer, to underwrite the $10, 000 award. The award is named after James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, who loved books from the time he was a child and who changed history with the knowledge he gained from reading. Mrs. Cheney talked about the books that received silver awards as well as the book that received the first gold award to a group of elementary school students from the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.
Author Peter Busby and illustrator David Craig received the first award for their book, First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane, published by Crown Books for Young Readers. They answered questions from the students while standing in the shadow of the original Wright brothers 1903 Flyer that first flew on December 17, 1903. close
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