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Five children's book illustrators are finalists for award

"Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" is a finalist for a book award for illustration.

Five children’s books have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award competition. The award, given annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., recognizes excellence in children’s book illustration with a focus on wildlife and nature.

The finalists include “Cheer Up, Mouse!” written and illustrated by Jed Henry, “Frog Song,” illustrated by Gennady Spirin, “If You Want to See a Whale,” illustrated by Erin Stead, “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild,” written and illustrated by Peter Brown, and “I’m the Scariest Thing in the Jungle,” written and illustrated by David G. Derrick Jr.

The 2014 winner will be announced at the museum on May 1.

“It’s fascinating to see the different illustrators’ approaches to portraying animals.” Bronwyn Minton, assistant curator of art for the museum and a member of the finalist selection panel, said in a news release announcing the contenders.

The Bull-Bransom Award is presented in the form of a medal and $5,000 cash award. The museum named the award for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, among the first American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects.

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