The Beacon of Freedom Award is presented annually to a book that introduces American history, from Colonial times through the Civil War, to children in a historically-accurate and engaging manner.
Congratulations to our 2013 Winner
Our newest winner is The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, by Steve Sheinkin
Who Sponsors the Award?
The award is a joint program of The Williamsburg Regional Library and Colonial Williamsburg. The Disabled American Veterans Patrick Henry Chapter 34 provides funding.
Who Selects the Winner?
A committee of members from the above three organizations selects each year's nominees. Students in 4th-8th grades from participating schools in James City and York counties evaluate each title. A student committee of one representative from each school votes to choose the final winner.
How Can I Be a Student Judge?
Talk to your school's media specialist. You must be in 4th-8th grade.
What Books are Eligible?
Titles must have been published within the last three years, and they must address an aspect of U.S. history from 1607 to 1865. Chapter books, picture books, non-fiction and biographies are considered; books must be suitable for students in grades 4-6.
For more information, please call the Youth Services desk at 757.259.7733.