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Newsletter / August 25, 2019

A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS   To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards, the Dewey Decibel podcast invited five past winners and honorees to discuss the award, its history, and importance at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Participants included authors Jason Reynolds (Ghost), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), and Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming); author and illustrator Christopher Myers (Firebird); and illustrator Ekua Holmes (The Stuff of Stars).  American Libraries Senior Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart moderated. The talk can be heard in full on the July 2019 episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast. READ MORE OR LISTEN…   BOOKMARK: “A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN” BY JEN BRYANT & MELISSA SWEET The illustrations in the picture book are in watercolor, gouache, and collage which illustrator, Melissa Sweet says were inspired by the deep rich colors Horace used in his paintings. Throughout the text, quotes from Horace are hand-lettered and incorporated into the collage. “A Splash of Red”is an exceptional, gorgeous picture book about a self-taught American artist who used his observation of everyday life and adversity to create art that is enjoyed in museums across America. READ MORE & LISTEN…  …

Newsletter / August 18, 2019

BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’ BY JACQUELINE WOODSON (THE JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2019 WINNING TITLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN) National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. READ MORE… TRAILER FOR ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’ Invite students to begin to their share their stories with one another…   MELISSA SWEET SHOWS ‘HOW TO READ A BOOK’ The challenge of this project, (Melissa)Sweet said, was the openness of Alexander’s words. His poem captures the experience of holding and reading a book and then being transported by imagination, but is wide open to interpretation and is a far less tangible story than others she has illustrated. READ MORE…   INFORMED BY HIS OWN BIRTH, MINTER ILLUSTRATES BOOK ABOUT MIDWIVES For the book about midwifery, (Eloise) Greenfield wrote a series of connected poems about midwives through time, in Africa, after arriving in North America and after emancipation. Minter illustrates the poems with stylistic portrayals of women in attendant repose – dutiful and calm, strong and wise. Many of the illustrations…

Newsletter / August 11, 2019

TONI MORRISON WAS A ‘LITERARY MOTHER’ TO COUNTLESS WRITERS   Toni Morrison died this (past) week at age 88 and left behind countless writers for whom her characters were like close acquaintances and her stories like parables to guide them through their own lives. Edwidge Danticat, the prize-winning Haitian-American author, called her “a literary mother to generations of writers, especially black women writers like myself.” READ MORE… On Tuesday, (Jacqueline) Woodson tweeted, “Peace on the journey, Ms. Morrison. And Thank You.” Many posted Morrison quotes after learning of her death. This one was shared repeatedly: “We die. That may be the meaning of life,” Morrison said. “But we do language. That might be the measure of our lives.” READ MORE… GRETA THUNBERG’S CALL FOR ACTION FAST-TRCKS A PICTURE BOOK BIO The title of Winter’s book comes from a speech Thunberg gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year. “I don’t want you to be hopeful,” Thunberg told the audience of political leaders. “I want you to panic. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” READ MORE… THE PINKNEYS ARE A PICTURE BOOK PERFECT, AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR COUPLE The Pinkneys have now been…