The Bock Book Award is given in honor of Frances and Wesley Bock. Wesley Bock was co-owner of Kilner’s, a store in north central Philadelphia that provided equipment, clothing, and supplies to religious institutions. As sales representative to the Sisters of St. Francis, he grew to be quite fond of the Sisters and began making contributions to the order.
When Wesley passed away, his wife Frances continued the contributions. When she passed away, the estate passed to their nephew, who, in consultation with the Library, established the Bock Book Award in their memory.
The Library and the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies sponsor the Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children’s Literature. The award ceremony takes place on October 4 (St. Francis Day) every year. In order for a book to be eligible for the award the text and illustrations must promote a moral attitude and or action.
Felina’s New Home is the perfect fit for the award! Woldarski was inspired to write Felina’s New Home in an effort to ”teach children that we can all make a difference, and animals like the Florida panther desperately need our help”.
Travel to the forests of Florida with Felina as she discovers her home is rapidly changing. Because of human interference in her natural habitat, Felina must scour the forest looking for food. Along the way, the reader will meet a host of other threatened animals in Florida through the vivid illustrations by Lew Clayton.
To find out more about the Bock Book Award visit:http://www.neumann.edu/academics/library/services_bock.asp
To find out more about Felina’s New Home visit: http://sylvandellpublishing.com/Felina.php