First presented in 1949, the Christopher Awards were established by founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women, and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively. Award winners encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others.
Congratulations to Eric Walters and Eugenie Fernandes, Hope Springs has been selected as a winner of the Christopher Award in the Books for Young People Ages 8 and up at the 66th annual Christopher Awards ceremony!
Written by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
“Based on actual events, this story is one of strength and kindness in the face of fear … the art is expressively large. A series of spreads gives readers a view of Boniface’s world, adding rich colors and patterns of folk art. With the addition of the author’s ‘Story Behind the Story,’ the facts of the origin of Hope Springs allow a retelling of the story through a personal narrative with the aid of photography, a map, and additional explanation.” – School Library Journal