April 21, 2018

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Highlights Foundation Creates James Cross Giblin Scholarship

The Highlights Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in children’s literature, has announced its creation of the James Cross Giblin Scholarship, which aims to honor the talents, contributions, and generosity of the acclaimed children’s book author, editor, and publisher.

Giblin is the award-winning author of over twenty nonfiction books for young readers, including Chimney Sweeps: Yesterday and Today, The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones, and The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin, and The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, which received the 2003 Sibert Informational Book Medal.  Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Giblin was editor-in-chief of Clarion Books for twenty-two years, and he remains a contributing editor at Clarion.

James Cross Giblin photo

James Cross Giblin. Photo courtesy of the Highlights Foundation.

Each year, the scholarship fund will provide access to Highlights Foundation workshops for a number of writers, with a focus on aiding those who have a strong talent and passion for children’s nonfiction.

In addition, the Highlights Foundation has designated $100,000 to be used as a dollar-for-dollar match to multiply the impact of Giblin’s gift.

“This is an incredibly generous scholarship established by an incredibly talented man,” says Kent Brown, executive director of the Highlights Foundation, in the announcement. “We…are not only awed by Mr. Giblin’s body of work and continual devotion to children’s literature,we are also profoundly grateful for his generosity.”

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Karyn M. Peterson (kpeterson@mediasourceinc.com) is a former News Editor ofSLJ.



  1. Wonderful news! As a junior high librarian, I appreciated Jim Giblin’s books through the years.
    And as a two-time participant in the Highlights Summer Workshops, I know how valuable they are when it comes to teaching us how to write. Thanks to much that I learned there, my 35th book, “Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey – War of 1812” was published last July. May God bless Mr. Giblin for his generosity and his encouragement to all who will profit by receiving these scholarships.