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.
Subject/Theme: Award Year 2019, Broadening outlook to appreciate a variety of cultures
Illustrated by Rafael López
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.
A BOY AND GRANDMA COOK UP A GIANT OCTOPUS TALE
The book teaches how we can be a superhero when we have to protect someone we love. It speaks of mercy and forgiveness, too. Most of all, the book shows us that we all have a place in the family and in the world.
Afro-Latin people have said they do not know to which culture they need to side. “Octopus Stew” says, you don’t need to choose.
‘FAULT LINES’ IN THE US CONSTITUTION CREATE MODERN-DAY POLITICAL CHALLENGES
Many of today’s political issues result from actions, laws and a constitution from over 200 years ago. Are the institutional systems and structures created in 1787 working as intended? What are the aftereffects of certain constitutional clauses when applied to a 21st-century America?
An interview including, Cynthia Levinson, educational policy consultant and researcher and co-author of “Fault Lines in the Constitution”
MEMORIES OF HOME: SHARE YOURS AS A POEM
Morning Edition wants to hear your memories of home and where you come from — through poetry.
Here’s an example from NPR’s resident poet Kwame Alexander.
“I am from words and art and books
“I am from discipline and hard work; the sound of coins in a jar”
And you can read another, “Where I Am From,” by Appalachian poet and children’s book author George Ella Lyon…
BREAD AND ROSES HERITAGE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD ON LABOR DAY IN LAWRENCE MA
Katherine Paterson, famed author of the young adult book “Bread and Roses Too” (will speak.) Katherine Paterson is the recipient of this year’s Bread and Roses Hall of Fame Award.