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Christopher Award

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The Christopher Award (established 1949) is presented to the producers, directors, and writers of books, films and television specials that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit".[1] It is given by The Christophers, a Christian organization founded in 1945 by the Maryknoll priest James Keller.

Judging process

Publishers, TV networks, and film directors are asked to submit titles and work that they believe to be award-worthy. Industry professionals and Christopher staff members make the final selections based on:

  1. Artistic and technical proficiency
  2. Significant degree of public acceptance
  3. Affirmation of the highest values of the human spirit

Categories

  • Christopher Leadership Awards
  • Christopher Life Achievement Award
  • Christopher Spirit Award
  • James Keller Award
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Young People
  • Feature Films
  • Television & Cable

Selection of previous winners/honorees

Christopher Leadership Awards

Christopher Life Achievement Award

Christopher Spirit Award

James Keller Award

Books for Adults

1987

2001[9]

  • Aging with Grace, by David Snowdon, PhD (Bantam Books)
  • Choosing Mercy, by Antoinette Bosco (Orbis Books)
  • Freedom's Daughters, by Lynne Olson (Scribner)
  • An Hour Before Daylight, by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster)
  • John Adams, by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)
  • Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, LLC)

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

  • Alex & Me by Irene Pepperberg
  • American-Made—The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick Taylor
  • Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler
  • Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America by Steven Waldman
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez
  • Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance by Michael Bart and Laurel Corona

2010

2011

2012

  • A Good and Perfect Gift by Julia Becker
  • An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
  • I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark
  • Little Princes by Conor Grennan

2013

  • Carly’s Voice by Arthur Fleischmann and Carly Fleischmann
  • Fearless by Eric Blehm
  • A Good Man by Mark Shriver
  • My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell
  • Road to Valor by Aili and Andres McConnon

2014[10]

  • American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things by Bob Dotson (Viking Press/Penguin Group)
  • Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters by Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith (Loyola Press)
  • The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying (Ignatius Press)
  • On These Courts: A Miracle Season That Changed a City, a Once-Future Star, and a Team Forever by Wayne B. Drash (Touchstone Books/Simon and Schuster)
  • Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? by Jim Ziolkowski with James S. Hirsch (Simon and Schuster)

2015

  • The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War by Yochi Dreazen (Crown Publishers).

2016[11]

  • Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions by John Schlimm (Image Books/Crown Publishing)
  • The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare by Marcy Cottrell Houle and Elizabeth Eckstrom (Taylor Trade Publishing/Rowman & Littlefield)
  • One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York by Arthur Browne (Beacon Press)
  • Tough As They Come by Travis Mills with Marcus Brotherton (Convergent Books/Crown Publishing)
  • Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America by Joseph Kim with Stephan Talty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken by Wendell Pierce (Riverhead Books/Random House)

Books for Young People

2001[9]

  • Ages 6–8: How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague (The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic Inc.)
  • Ages 9–10: The Mousery by Charlotte Pomerantz, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus (Gulliver Books/Harcourt, Inc.)
  • Ages 11–12: The Yellow Star by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Henri Sørensen (Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.)
  • Ages 11–12: Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (G. P. Putnam's Sons)
  • Young Adult: The Wanderer by Sharon Creech (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

2002

2003

  • People Mole and the Baby Bird by Marjorie Newman with illustrations by Patrick Benson
  • Ages 6–8: Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School written and illustrated by Mark Teague
  • Ages 8–10: The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool by Margaret Gray with illustrations by Randy Cecil
  • Ages 10–12: Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Young Adult: Left for Dead by Pete Nelson

2004

2005

  • Preschool: Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson with illustrations by Doug Cushman
  • Ages 6–8: The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey written and illustrated by Demi
  • Ages 8–10: Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen with illustrations by Brian Biggs
  • Ages 10–12: The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck
  • Young Adult: Thura’s Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq by Thura Al Windawi

2006

  • Preschool: Am I a Color Too? by Heidi Cole & Nancy Vogl with illustrations by Gerald Purnell (Preschool)
  • Ages 6–8: I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White with illustrations by Nancy Carpenter
  • Ages 8–10: Game Day by Tiki Barber and Ronde Barber with Robert Burleigh, illustrations by Barry Root
  • Ages 10–12: Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
  • Young Adult: Hitch by Jeanette Ingold

2007

2008

2009

2010

  • Preschool: Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story by Yumi Heo
  • Ages 6–8: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, & Mary Nethery
  • Ages 8–10: Most Loved in All the World by Tonya Cherie Hegamin with illustrations by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • Ages 10–12: Extra Credit by Andrew Clements with illustrations by Mark Elliott
  • Young Adult: A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden

2011

2012

  • Shine: Choices to Make God Smile by Genny Monchamp with illustrations by Karol Kaminski
  • Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown with illustrations by John Parra
  • You Can Be a Friend by Tony Dungy and Lauren Dungy with illustrations by Ron Mazellan
  • Hooper Finds a Family by Jane Paley
  • Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
  • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

2013

2014[10]

  • Preschool and up: Maya Was Grumpy written and illustrated by Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Flashlight Press)
  • Kindergarten and up: Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Home Front by Suzanne Collins, illustrated by James Proimos (Scholastic Press)
  • Ages 6 and up: The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick Press)
  • Ages 8 and up: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Candlewick Press)
  • Ages 10 and up: The Boy On the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran and Elisabeth B. Leyson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing)

2016[11]

  • Preschool and up: One Good Deed by Terri Fields, illustrated by Deborah Melmon (Kar-Ben Publishing)
  • Kindergarten and up: An Invisible Thread Christmas Story by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski, illustrated by Barry Root (Little Simon/Simon & Schuster)
  • Ages 6 and up: Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate (Peachtree Publishers)
  • Ages 8 and up: Katie’s Cabbage by Katie Stagliano with Michelle H. Martin, illustrated by Karen Heid (Young Palmetto Books/University of South Carolina Press)
  • Ages 10 and up: Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Christopher Denise (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • Young Adult: Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)

Feature films

Television and Cable

1978[16]

2016[11]

References

  1. ^ The Christopher Awards Archived October 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, The Christophers, Inc. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Christopher's page on Scotty Smiley". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Christopher's page on Dolores Hart". Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b The 67th annual Christopher Awards Special Awards Archived June 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, The Christophers, Inc. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Christopher Award Winner". Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Christopher's page on Shannon Hickey". Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Christopher's page on Marty Lyons". Archived from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  8. ^ "SFGate: Burlingame Schools Pull 8th Grade Book From Class". April 12, 2007. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "The 52nd Annual Christopher Award Winners" Archived August 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. The Christophers (christophers.org). Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "Heroism, Hope and Selflessness Highlighted in 65th Annual Christopher Award Winners" Archived August 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Release April 2, 2014. The Christophers. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d The 67th annual Christopher Awards Archived July 11, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, The Christophers, Inc. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are". April 8, 2015.
  13. ^ "The 2017 Christopher Award winners for TV, Film, and Books Are". March 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "The 2018 Christopher Awards Winners". April 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "The 2019 Christopher Award winners in TV, Film, and Books are…". April 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "Christopher Awards". WGA Newsletter. April 1978. p. 6. ProQuest 2293616780. 'Distinguished achievement' is based on the criteria of affirming the high value of the human spirit, artistic and technical proficiency and significant degree of public acceptance. Honored were Esther & Richard Shapiro, 'Minstrel Man'; Jerry McNeely, 'Something for Joey'; Bill Moyers & Tom Spain, 'The Fire Next Door'; Dr. Robert E. Fuisz, 'The Body Human'; Anthony Burgess, Franco Zeffirelli, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, 'Jesus of Nazareth'; Theodore J. Flicker, Allan Balter, 'Just a Little Inconvenience'; W.W. Lewis, 'Tut: The Boy King'; Romeo Muller, 'The Hobbit'; Caryl Ledner, 'Mary White'; and James Poe, 'The Gathering.'
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