Thank You, Omu! book cover
January 17, 2020

Three Floyd’s Pick Honor Books Also Selected for 2020

The State Library of Ohio and the Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Advisory Council are pleased to announce that Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora has been selected as the fifth annual Floyd’s Pick Book Award winner, in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, and librarian Floyd Dickman.

The Floyd’s Pick Book Award is given annually to a book written by an Ohio author or illustrated by an Ohio illustrator that is representative of high-quality literature created for children. It is given to carry on the legacy of Floyd Dickman’s work to support and share children’s literature.

The CTRO Advisory Council has also selected three Floyd’s Pick Honor Books for 2020:

Clackety Track: Poems About Trains illustrated by Jamey Christoph, written by Skila Brown (Candlewick, 2019).

Leila in Saffron illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova, written by Rukhsana Guidroz (Salaam Reads, 2019).

Rabbit and the Motorbike by Kate Hoefler, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby (Chronicle Books, 2019).

Thank You, Omu! (Little, Brown, 2018) draws readers and listeners in to a vibrant community as everyone in the neighborhood hopes for a taste of Omu’s delicious red stew! Debut author/illustrator Oge Mora captivates audiences with her engaging collage illustrations and keeps them glued to a cumulative story with a fun, vocabulary-enriching refrain and a warm message of generosity and reciprocity.

Oge Mora was born and raised in Columbus and now lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Thank You, Omu! was inspired by the strong female role models in her life. It is a 2019 Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award.

Jamey Christoph, illustrator of Floyd’s Pick Honor Book Clackety Track: Poems About Trains, lives in Cleveland Heights. Dinara Mirtalipova, illustrator of Floyd’s Pick Honor Book Leila in Saffron, lives in Sagamore Hills. Kate Hoefler, author of Floyd’s Pick Honor Book Rabbit and the Motorboke, lives in rural eastern Ohio.

Floyd Dickman was a Library Consultant at the State Library of Ohio and a tireless advocate for children’s literature and librarianship who had a tremendous positive impact on library and literacy services in Ohio and across the country. Upon his retirement in 1999, the State Library of Ohio Board’s retirement resolution recognized Floyd’s leadership, commitment, and passion for library services, children’s literature and family literacy. Floyd is also remembered as a dedicated mentor to librarians and library science students. During his career he was awarded the Ohio Library Council Librarian of the Year award and was named Outstanding Friend by the Ohio Family Literacy Task Force. Floyd Dickman passed away in June 2015.

The CTRO Advisory Council established Floyd’s Pick in December 2015 with a proclamation by Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio. Ohio author and illustrator Loren Long, winner of the first Floyd’s Pick Book Award for Little Tree, graciously provided the Floyd’s Pick Book Award artwork.  Click here for more on Floyd’s Pick books.

Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO), a project of the State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library, and Ohio Center for the Book, spotlights Ohio authors and promotes reading across Ohio. Every two years, a booklist of 20 representative titles for all ages is selected, with the input of dozens of Ohio librarians, educators, and others invested in readers and reading. Learn more: library.ohio.gov/ctro.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov