Simon Levenson served as a judge for The Ninth Annual Morgan Book Project Awards. Now in its ninth year, the Morgan Book Project involves many months of exploration of rare medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts and hands-on work in the classroom. Participating students have engaged in every stage of the creative process–from the writing to the illustration and the binding of the books. The books are created with professional grade paper and binding material, which is supplied by the Morgan at no cost for New York City Public Schools. Students make their own paint by grinding traditional pigment sources such as malachite, saffron, and insects. They complete their illustrations with 22-karat gold leaf.