Bresnahan Book Award
The Bresnahan Book Award was created in 2014 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 2020 Bresnahan Book Award Ceremony
The Liverpool Central School District and its library media specialists will celebrate the life of fellow library media specialist Lori Bresnahan during a special ceremony on Tuesday, April 21, beginning at 6 p.m., at the newly-renovated Liverpool Public Library (Vine Street in the village of Liverpool). At that time, they will present the fourth-ever Bresnahan Book Award.
This year's nominees are:
- Grumpy Monkey - written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang
- Elmore - written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie
- The First Men Who Went to the Moon - written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Scott Brundage
- Can I Be Your Dog? - written and illustrated by Troy Cummings
- Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book - written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
- 2018: Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
- 2016: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
- 2014: Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
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.