Bresnahan Book Award

The Bresnahan Book Award was created in 2014 LCSD library media specialists present the Bresnahan Book Award in 2016.by the Liverpool Central School District Library Department in memory of our esteemed colleague, Lori Bresnahan.

Every other year, students in grades kindergarten through sixth-grade have the chance to read or have read to them the children’s books nominated for the Bresnahan Book Award. Children then have the opportunity to vote for the award winner.

Nominees are selected from the list created by the New York State Reading Association for the Charlotte Award, one of Lori’s favorite book awards.

The purpose of the award is to encourage LCSD students to read outstanding literature and evaluate books. 

The 2018 Bresnahan Book Award Ceremony will be held at Barnes & Noble (Route 31, Liverpool) on March 2, 2018. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Learn more about this year's event.

This year's nominees are:

  • Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Be a Friend written and illustrated by Salina Yoon
  • Job Wanted written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Chris Sheban
  • Mother Bruce written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins
  • Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou Story written by Caroline Starr Rose & illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
  • Swap! written and illustrated by Steve Light
  • The Bear and the Piano written and illustrated by David Litchfield
  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
  • Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
  • You Nest Here with Me written by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple and illustrated by Melissa Sweet


Previous Winners:

Lori Bresnahan (1966 – 2013)

It is with great respect and admiration for Lori’s work in the library field that the Liverpool Central School District Librarians present this award. Lori was a school librarian with the Oswego, Syracuse and Liverpool school districts. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and her master’s degree from Syracuse University. In addition to teaching children, Lori taught children’s literature at the graduate level at SUNY Oswego. Beyond her professional work, she was involved in many educational, cultural and community groups. Lori’s love of children’s literature and her infectious enthusiasm for sharing it with children enriched the lives of many students throughout Central New York. This award was created to honor her memory and instill in children a love of beautiful picture books.