BOOK PAGES INTERVIEWS LINDA WILLIAMS JACKSON
Linda Williams Jackson follows up her critically acclaimed debut, Midnight Without a Moon (2018 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title), with a new story starring 13-year-old Rose Lee Carter. A Sky Full of Stars opens in 1955 in racially divided Stillwater, Mississippi.
“I consider it a privilege to put myself in a young person’s shoes and relive youth in the form of a story.”
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO WINS 2018 NBA FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE
She (Robin Benway) thanked her fellow judges—Lamar Giles, Grace Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins—for “not only reading hundreds of books this year but for doing so with critical eyes, sensitive hearts, and incredible senses of humor.”
The word that Benway said the judges kept coming back to was propulsion: “Is this a book that will propel and enrich the joyful experience of reading? Is this a title that will not only hold the reader’s attention as a youth, but also serve as a crucial step in the process of creating a curious and lifelong reader?”
Subject/Theme: Ages 12 to 14, Ages 9 to 12, Approaching life with self-confidence and strength, Award Year 2008, Breaking cycles of fear, Creative art responses to social justice issues and survival, Era 21st Century, Identity Bangladeshi, Promoting an understanding of the role of women in society gender roles the need to overcome gender stereotypes what are healthy courageous role models of both males and females, Solving problems courageously and non-violently, Women's rights-Overcoming sexism-Women's roles, Young people as activists, Young people's participation in creative solutions to the problems of war social injustice racism sexism homophobia ageism and/or concerns of the physically challenged
Illustrated by Jamie Hogan
THE 10 BEST YA AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2018
In her first middle grade novel since Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson, a former National Book Award winner, uses these six students’ stories to showcase how essential it is to teach kids to support one another.
RECOMMENDED NEW READS FOR KIDS
Dreamers By Yuyi Morales
This picture books vividly captures one family’s immigrant experience, as author/illustrator Morales and her infant son travel from their native Mexico to San Francisco.
Turning Pages: My Life Story By Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Lulu Delacre
With mixed-media illustrations by Delacre, Turning Pages is a SCOTUS testimony to be savored by young and old alike.
Subject/Theme: Access to education, Access to water, Ages 4 to 6, Ages 6 to 8, Approaching life with self-confidence and strength, Award Year 2004, Broadening outlook to appreciate a variety of cultures, Child labor, Classism, Ending hunger, Era Late 1900’s, HC Cesar Chavez, Identity Latino American, Identity Mexican American, Immigration, People peacably settling disputes (with a special emphasis on diverse makeup and outlook), Racism in the US, Solving problems courageously and non-violently, Thinking creatively and humanely about injustice and conflict past or present real or fictionalized, Understanding human needs with compassion, Unfair labor practices, Unionization, Young people as activists
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Subject/Theme: Ages 6 to 8, Award Year 2009, Broadening outlook to appreciate a variety of cultures, Era Early 1900’s, HC Pura Belpre, Identity Latino American, Identity Puerto Rican, Immigration, Overcoming prejudice, Power of literacy, Thinking creatively and humanely about injustice and conflict past or present real or fictionalized, Understanding human needs with compassion
Illustrated by Lulu Delacre