ALA Honors, Civil Rights Reading & Diversely Reading Penguins Contest

American Library Association announces 2016 youth media award winners

Caldecott Honor Books:
“Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS;
“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
“Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:
“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the Steptoe illustrator award winner. The book is written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.
Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming.” The author of more than two dozen books for young readers, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a recipient of the NAACP Image Award, a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

Odyssey Honor Recording: “Echo,” produced by Scholastic Audio/Paul R. Gagne, written by Pam Munoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler.

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
“The Drum Dream Girl,” illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is the Belpre Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Margarita Engle and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Belpre Illustrator Honor Books for illustration were selected: “Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Pura Belpre (Author) Award:
“Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,” written by Margarita Engle, is the Belpre Author Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
“Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS. Read More

Sibert Honor Books:
“The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club,” by Phillip Hoose and published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers;
“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and published by Candlewick Press.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – finalists for the award:
“Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,” written by Margarita Engle and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Doreen Rappaport with artwork by Bryan Collier 2002 Awardee
Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan 2001 Awardee
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee
Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee
Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose 2008 Awardee


Alexandria Museum of Art to feature Harlem Renaissance

The Alexandria Museum of Art will celebrate the lives of Arna Bontemps and Aaron Douglas with special events.

“An Evening with Arna Bontemps w/ Danielle J. Kimbrough” is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum. Danielle J. Kimbrough and the Shreveport/ Bossier Community Performing Artists will perform the tribute to Harlem Renaissance author Arna Bontemps, who lived in Alexandria as a child.

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Story of the Negro written by Arna Bontemps 1956 Awardee


Penguin Young Readers and We Need Diverse Books to Host a Writing Contest

Penguin Young Readers and We Need Diverse Books has established a partnership. The two organizations will host a writing contest to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. Ethnically diverse writers can submit in their middle grade stories (for readers ages 8 to 14) beginning in April 2016.

Earlier this week, the publisher released a 40th anniversary edition of Taylor’s book earlier this week. It features new content from Taylor, a foreword written by Jacqueline Woodson, and illustrations by Kadir Nelson.

*Editor’s Note: Apologies for the play on words in the title. I think I’m funny.

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The Well by Mildred D. Taylor 1996 Awardee
Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor 1982 Awardee
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 1977 Awardee
Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor 1976 Awardee
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2012 Awardee
The Village That Vanished written by Ann Grifalconi and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee


USA Film Festival Unveils 2016 KidFilm Lineup, Schedule

KidFilm is the oldest and largest-attended children’s film festival in the United States, featuring an entertaining, educational, and diverse line-up of new and classic films for both children and adults.

READ-ALONG WITH TAYE DIGGS AND SHANE EVANS! – A Tribute to actor/author Taye Diggs and illustrator Shane Evans. The program will include a “Read-Along” presentation of Digg’s new book, “Mixed Me!” with illustrations by Evans. FREE copies of “Mixed Me!” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last). Following the reading, Diggs and Evans will sign books for the audience.

MEET KATHERINE PATERSON! – A Tribute to author Katherine Paterson, award-winning author of contemporary classic young adult novels “Bridge to Terabithia” and “The Great Gilly Hopkins.” The KidFilm program will include a sneak preview of the new live-action feature film The Great Gilly Hopkins, starring Julia Stiles, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Billy Magnussen, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs and Sophie Ne´lisse (The Book Thief) as Gilly Hopkins. An on-stage Q&A with Katherine Paterson and David Paterson (screenwriter) will follow the screening.

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The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson 2003 Awardee
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 1979 Awardee
We March written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans 2013 Awardee


Hillary’s new star turn: heroine of children’s books

Cynthia Levinson once lived across the hall from Clinton at Wellesley, and her biography “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can” (Balzer + Bray, ages 10 to 14) conveys her admiration for her former schoolmate. Levinson’s portrait shows a smart, determined young woman who acts fearlessly and with conviction.

Michelle Markel and LeUyen Pham’s picture book biography, “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead” (Balzer + Bray, ages 4 to 8), focuses on the mostly male political world Clinton had to navigate to get where she is.

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We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March written by Cynthia Levinson 2013 Awardee
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014


Best books put us in characters’ shoes

Patricia Polacco’s “Thank You, Mr. Falker.” In this autobiographical story, Polacco recounts the early anguish of her dyslexia and of being relentlessly bullied by one of her classmates. Polacco’s teacher, Mr. Falker, recognizes that Polacco needs extra help and spends hours working with her until the words on the page become more than a jumble of letters. In Polacco’s words, Mr. Felker (the real-life Mr. Falker) “reached into the most lonely darkness and pulled me into bright sunlight.”

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Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco 1993 Awardee


Suggested reading on civil rights movement

The Kansas City Public Library suggests these books about the civil rights movement:

Elementary

“Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama” by Hester Bass; illustrated by E. B. Lewis

“We March” by Shane W. Evans

“Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down” by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

“Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud; illustrated by John Holyfield

“Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation” by Duncan Tonatiuh

Middle school

“Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Hours” by Ann Bausum

“Birmingham Sunday” by Larry Dane Brimner

“The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement” by Teri Kanefield

“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

“Revolution” by Deborah Wiles

“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

High school

“Black & White: The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor” by Larry Dane Brimner

“We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March” by Cynthia Levinson

“Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary” by Elizabeth Partridge

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Night Boat to Freedom pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee
We March written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans 2013 Awardee
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee
Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud, illustrated by John Holyfield, 2012 Awardee
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss and illustrated by Floyd Cooper 2011 Awardee
Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee
Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee
With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote by Ann Bausum 2005 Awardee
Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner 2011 Awardee
We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin by Larry Dane Brimner
The Girl from the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield 2015 Awardee
Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee
Revolution by Deborah Wiles 2015 Awardee
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March written by Cynthia Levinson 2013 Awardee
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge 2010 Awardee
Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge 1999 Awardee

Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.


A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.

Click here to read more about the 2015 Awards. http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/2015ceremony.shtml

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