2018 Winners Announced!

The 2018 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award was presented January 17, 2018 in Clearwater Beach, Florida, at the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities' (CEC-DADD) 19th International Conference.

The picture book award was presented to Julia Finley Mosca, author, and Daniel Rieley, illustrator, of "The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Temple Grandin"


 The chapter book award was presented to Sally J. Pla, author of "The Someday Birds

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 winners for promoting high quality literature for children and youth that authentically characterizes individuals with developmental disabilities

Description of the Award

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award recognizes authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that authentically portray individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and Down syndrome.

The award is a collaborative work by members of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD), of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Special Needs Project (a distributor of books related to disability issues). Every even year, an award is presented to an author and illustrator (if appropriate) of a children's picture book, an intermediate, and/or a young adult book that includes appropriate portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Impact of the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award is making an impact toward the general public’s recognition of the positive societal contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities, greater understanding and acceptance of teachers and school-aged peers of students with developmental disabilities, and encouragement of authors and illustrators to publish quality literature including characters with developmental disabilities.

Expression of Thanks

This award is made possible through the dedicated work and creative insight of many individuals. Special thanks are insufficient to express our deep gratitude to those who have served in various capacities, and to those who will continue to make this award significant in the field: the DADD Executive Board, DADD Publications Chair, DADD Dolly Gray Award Chairs and Reviewers, Special Needs Project, Brigham Young University's McKay School of Education and Harold B. Lee Library, the authors, illustrators, and publishers of the eligible and award-winning books, Dolly Gray, and individuals with developmental disabilities and their families worldwide.

Radio Interview with Worlds Awaiting 

Join Rachel Wadham, Education and Juvenile Literature Librarian, and Tina Dyches, from the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University as they discuss children’s literature that includes characters with disabilities and the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award on the Worlds Awaiting radio program. Worlds Awaiting is a weekly program for grownups who care about children, with topics that will help the rising generation discover literature and experience the world around them.

This broadcast aired live Saturday, August 5, 2017. You can listen to the interview on the Worlds Awaiting website at http://www.byuradio.org/show/afc8b335-4272-4bf4-a192-9f850d0fe390/worlds-awaiting