The Michigan Library Association is pleased to announce that City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, published by Hyperion, is the winner of the 2011 Mitten Award.
The Mitten Award was established in 1999 "...to recognize one children's book published in the United States within the calendar year that has captured the attention of children's librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience."
City Dog, Country Frog is the story of the unusual friendship that develops and grows between two animals over the changing seasons. It was illustrated by Jon Muth.
Willems is the author of a number of other books for young children and has won numerous awards for his work including three Caldecott Honors from the Association of Library Service to Children.
A Mitten Honor was given to Sharon Draper for Out of My Mind, about a fifth grader with cerebral palsy who is finally able to share her voice with the world after receiving a special computer. Draper's novel was praised for its memorable main character Melody's compelling story.
The selection committee was chaired by Anne Clark. Other committee members were Cathy Chesher, Mary Cook, Audra Eddy, Holly Kirsten, Kristen Meyer, Carolyn Sherrill, and Nancy Yetman.