Rep. John Lewis: I hope my book inspires people to ‘speak up and speak out’
Rep. John Lewis, the 76-year-old congressman and civil rights activist won yet another prize for his graphic memoir, “March: Book Three”: the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.
The latest award – the Walter, as it’s known – is given annually by We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in children’s publishing.
Seven Civil Rights Heroes to Teach Your Kids About
A book about Ida B. Wellsto share with kids from 8 to 12: Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers (the winner of two Newbery Medals and five Coretta Scott King Awards), illustrated by Bonnie Christenson. The book uses lots of quotes from Wells herself, and the watercolor illustrations are powerful.
Philip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is a spectacularly reported book (Hoose pursued Colvin, who had an unlisted phone number and was living in obscurity, for four years before she agreed to tell her story) that won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2009 and a Newbery Honor in 2010.
Ruby Bridges book, Through My Eyes will resonate with kids 7 and up. The very youngest children will understand how scary this must have been for a 6-year-old, and how brave she was.
Fannie Lou Hamer’s story is showcased in the poetic, lyrical Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book (the publisher recommends it for kids 9-12) by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated with potent multimedia collages by Ekua Holmes.
We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin by Larry Dane Brinmer, aimed at readers age 9-11. An adviser to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he promoted nonviolent resistance, participated in one of the first Freedom Rides, organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and fought tirelessly for marginalized communities at home and abroad. As an openly gay African-American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of several of the fights for equal rights.
Barnhill, Steptoe, ‘March: Book Three’ Win Newbery, Caldecott, Printz
Javaka Steptoe has won the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown), edited by Deirdre Jones.
There were four Caldecott Honor Books including Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee).
There were four Sibert Honors including We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman (Clarion).
Naomi Shihab Nye was chosen to deliver the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.
The Coretta Scott King Illustrator award went to Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown).
Three King Illustrator Honor Books were chosen including Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee).
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal (Feiwel and Friends) was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
There were two Belpré Illustrator Honor books: The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams).
The Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video went to Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, producer of Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, adapted from the book by Margarita Engle.
The Poetry Break: George Ella Lyon
“This is the room that made us who we were:/ book lovers, scholars, people of the word,/ who found a safe place between hard covers.” -George Ella Lyon
Woman was youngest marcher with Dr. King in Selma
Lynda Blackmon Lowery was the youngest person in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
She was 14-years-old when she set out on her trip, and she celebrated her birthday as an activist.
“I turned 15 on the road to freedom, on March 22,” Lowery says.
National Book Critics Circle announces finalists
The five finalists for fiction in the running for the NBCC Awards, announced today include “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich
Palm Springs Art Museum Celebrates Black History Month With Interactive Exhibition
Palm Springs Art Museum is celebrating Black History Month with a new interactive exhibition titled Intertwining the Fabric of Generations, on-view in the Sheffer/Scheffler Arts Education Space February 2 through February 28. the exhibition features works by noted African-American artist Faith Ringgold alongside narrative quilts created by Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) students.
Children’s Book ‘Freedom In Congo Square’ Shares A Little-Known Story Of Slave History
The right to peaceably assemble, and the power of gathering together over shared values and traditions, is also what lies at the heart of new children’s book Freedom in Congo Square. a poetic, nonfiction picture book written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie,
S&S Children’s Authors Protest Yiannopoulos Deal
More than 160 children’s book authors and illustrators have signed a letter to S&S CEO and president Carolyn Reidy protesting the deal.
The letter, which was released Thursday morning, was initially organized by S&S children’s book creators who are clients of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, but has grown to encompass writers and illustrators across the industry. Signees include Newbery, Caldecott, and National Book Award honorees
Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced: Read the Best Children’s and Young Adult Literature of 2016
This year’s Gold Medalist (the highest honor) in the Younger Readers category is I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, with illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley.
In the Older Readers Category This year’s silver medals went to A Poem For Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, with illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
The Notable Books for Older Readers included Skating with the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer.
The Notable Books for Younger Readers included On One Foot by Linda Glaser, with illustrations by Nuria Balaguer.
Thanhha Lai Speaks About Novel ‘Inside Out And Back Again’
Lai spoke about her experiences as a refugee during the Vietnam War to eighth graders at Pierre Van Cortlandt.
Writers Resist Protest Brings Thousands to NYPL, Trump Tower
More than 2,000 artists, writers, and readers gathered at the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15 in the name of defending free expression and the free press.
The Writers Resist protest was launched by poet and Vida co-founder Erin Belieu and was co-sponsored in New York by PEN America. The protest, held the day before the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., brought writers including U.S. poets laureate Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky, comics artist Art Spiegelman, and author Jacqueline Woodson from the steps of the New York Public Library to the shadow of Trump Tower 15 blocks north.
Illustrator Event & TFK’s Birthday Celebration
Jamie Hogan, Illustrator of Island Birthday, will be joining us to celebrate and sign copies of her book. We will also be celebrating TFK’s 7th birthday! Books will be on sale through Longfellow Books.
January 28th @ 10:30am
LAND SHARK & ISLAND BIRTHDAY
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.