On the Gelett Burgess Award

I received more shiny golden stickers in the mail for the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award — those of you who see me in person can get one to add to your copy of Enchanted! — and I was curious about the symbol they used, so I asked about it.

Here was the response from the Gelett Burgess Center:

In relation to the symbol on the face of the award, we found a brief mention of Burgess’ monogram in an online biography some years back. “He made an early mark on the world by carving his initials, in the form of a monogram based on the Phoenician alphabet, near the top of every church steeple in Boston.” (Frank Gelett Burgess) The monogram has been published in several of his books as well. We thought it would be fun to use this because it was truly one of the earliest things he designed.

Isn’t that awesome?

If anyone would like to make my initials (AMK) into a monogram based on the Phoenecian Alphabet, I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER. Email me. xox

One Response to “On the Gelett Burgess Award”

  1. Lady Hannah of New England Says:

    That’s certainly fascinating… I didn’t know about that alphabet. Hmmmm I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a book with that award. How is it that your qualified for it? Will they be printing them on the covers of your books from now on? Or is that just for bigger awards? (Like the Caldecott Honor)

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