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Dianne Ochiltree Wins Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal

Posted on: March 22, 2016

DianneOchiltreeEarlier this month, I received an exciting press release. It announced that Dianne Ochiltree had won the “Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal for Children’s Literature” for It’s a Seashell Day. Dianne Ochiltree is a nationally recognized author of books for young readers, many of which have appeared on ‘best of’’ reading lists, been featured in book clubs, and been translated into foreign language editions.

The $1000 cash award is awarded annually in memory of Gwen P. Reichert and serves as a lasting tribute to honor her accomplishments as a rare book collector, nurturer of authors and their audience, and her commitment to children’s education. The award is part of the Florida Book Awards.

Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. Authors must be full-time Florida residents, except in the Florida nonfiction and visual arts categories, where the subject matter must focus on Florida.

More than 200 hundred eligible publications were submitted across the nine categories of competition for the 2015 awards. Submissions were read by juries of three members, each nominated from across the state by co-sponsoring organizations. Jurors are authorized to select up to three medalists (including one gold winner, one silver runner-up and one bronze medalist) in each of the nine categories; jurors are also authorized to make no selections in a given year.

SeashellDayI reviewed It’s A Seashell Day in the fall of 2015, and had this to write: “It’s A Seashell Day by Dianne Ochiltree will sweep you into the warm and cheerful world of sandy beaches. If you read aloud the simple rhyming couplets, and gaze at the bright exquisite illustrations, you’ll feel as if right there with main character and his mom while they collect seashells. This charming picture book also has educational value, teaching about numbers and about nature….” For the rest of the review, click here.

Congrats to Dianne Ochiltree. Allison’s Book Bag is honored to have both reviewed It’s A Seashell Day and interviewed Dianne Ochiltree. To read the interview, click here.

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2 Responses to "Dianne Ochiltree Wins Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal"

It’s good that you knew she deserved this award. Excellent.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

I appreciate the opportunity to spread the news. 🙂 Enjoy your week!

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