Thanks to everyone who shared our April Fools’ Day announcement of the 5 Under 5 list! These kids may not be honored authors (yet), but they’re still adorable.
The National Book Foundation is pleased to share its very first list of 5 Under 5 honorees, comprising five writers under the age of five whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Inspired by Foundation staff members often misspeaking when trying to say “5 Under 35,” this new honor represents NBF’s commitment to recognizing the work of exceptional writers of all preschool ages.
Reactions from honorees have been overwhelmingly positive. When notified of her 5 Under 5 status, Eve said, “Cereal is my favorite breakfast.” On the phone with National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas, Lars had this to say: “I’m a choo choo train.”
“At the Foundation, we are constantly striving to elevate the work and amplify the voices of a wide range of authors,” said Lisa Lucas. “We asked ourselves, ‘Where can we do better when it comes to honoring emerging writers, and whose artistic contributions might we be overlooking?’ Well, the answer was simple: toddlers and very young children.”
The 5 Under 5 authors will be honored this fall at a special ceremony held at a Gymboree in New York City.
The honorees’ headshots and bios can be found below.