Durham children’s book author wins top national honor

Durham children’s book author wins top national honor


Brendan Wenzel is pictured during a recent visit to town. | Mark Dionne, Town Times

Brendan Wenzel’s book “They All Saw a Cat” was named a 2017 Caldecott Honor book.

“They All Saw a Cat” was one of four books honored with the national award given by the American Library Association for “most distinguished American picture book for children.”

On winning the award, Wenzel, who grew up in Durham, told the Town Times, “I was of course thrilled to hear that They All Saw A Cat was given a Caldecott honor. I remember pulling books off the shelves in the library when I was a kid and seeing those shiny round stickers. I did not understand what they signified at the time, but I knew they were special. Thinking about a young reader walking into the Durham Public Library and perhaps having a similar experience with ‘They All Saw A Cat’ is clearly humbling beyond words.”

Wenzel’s book tour has twice brought him back to Durham, once to the Durham Public Library, and a second time for a visit at John Lyman Elementary School.

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