CLA Awards

The Catholic Library Association honors excellence in scholarship, literature and librarianship through the bestowal of nationally recognized Association and Section awards. These awards as well as service and chapter awards are presented at the annual convention.

2018 Regina Medal Award Winner - Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

12/1/2017

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are a New York Times bestselling and award-winning couple who have made outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature, both as individuals and as an author-artist team. Between them, they have published nearly 60 children’s books, a rich treasury of words and images reflecting a wide range of interests for children — experiences that are both specific and universal.

The couple has been named among the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine. They are the recipient of the Regina Medal for their outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The Pinkneys’ books have been awarded multiple Caldecott Honor Medals, Coretta Scott King Awards, and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honors. They are five-time nominees for the NAACP Image Awards, and have received many Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, as well as multiple Parenting Publications Gold Medals.

Their notable books include Martin Rising: Requiem for a King; Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra; Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America; Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation; Martin & Mahalia; Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride; and Ella Fitzgerald.

Brian and Andrea speak in schools and at educational conferences nationwide about their work as children’s book creators. Each year they inspire more than 10,000 school children and educators with their presentations and workshops.

The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York, with their two children.

 

2018 St. Katharine Drexel Award Winner - Regina Doman

11/29/2017

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Regina Doman is a Catholic wife, mother, author and editor. As an author, she has written the Fairy Tale Novels, a series of books for teens and adults that places fairy tales in modern settings with Christian themes interwoven, two of which have won awards in the Catholic press. Her picture book Angel in the Waters has sold over 120,000 copies. Regina and her husband Andrew live on a homestead in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with their children and far too many pets, where Regina edits fiction, writes comic books, teaches high school English part time, and tries to find time to write another novel. To the question, “How do you manage to get it all done?” Regina responds, “What makes you think I get it all done?”

 

2018 Jerome Award Winner - Fr. Bryan Massingale

11/16/2017

Fr. Bryan MassingaleThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. Bryan Massingale as the 2018 St. Jerome Award Recipient. Fr. Massingale is a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York. He holds the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics and is the Senior Fellow in Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education. He previously taught at Marquette University, where in 2009 he received that institution's highest award for excellence in teaching. An award-winning teacher, scholar, and activist, he is a leading expert on Catholic social thought and racial justice and is a consultant to numerous faith-based justice organizations. He served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Fr. Massingale will accept this honor live at the Spring 2018 Virtual Convention.

 

2018 Aggiornamento Award Winner - Fr. James Martin

11/7/2017

Fr. Patrick MartinThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. James Martin as the 2018 Aggiornamento Award Recipient. Father Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America Media, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, My Life with the Saints and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. Fr. Martin will provide a recorded presentation accepting this honor at the Spring 2018 Virtual Convention.

 

Mary A. Grant Volunteer Service Award

9/27/2017

Anna Campos is the recipient of the CLA's 2018 Mary A. Grant Volunteer Service Award. This award was established in 1996 and is presented by the CLA Executive Board in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the Association by a CLA member. Campos was nominated for this award by Cindy Marach, Chair of the Children’s Library Services Section.