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CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD: IMPORTANT FOR NOW 50 YEARS
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…  …

BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’
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…

WHOSE LIFE STORIES ARE BEING NEGLECTED IN PICTURE BOOKS?
Newsletter / April 21, 2019

WHOSE LIFE STORIES ARE BEING NEGLECTED IN PICTURE BOOKS? – MAY 4   The event will tackle key issues related to diversity such as whose life stories are celebrated versus whose are often ignored and not told. The event will also take a look at how thoughtfully these life stories are written for young readers, and look at which authors are telling these stories. A deep-dive panel discussion about the making of award-winning picture book biography, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. The panel will include the book’s author Laban Carrick Hill, illustrator Bryan Collier, and art director Patti Ann Harris. A panel discussion around the theme of diversity in picture book biographies. Panelists will include author and illustrator Javaka Steptoe… READ MORE… MARTIN’S BIG WORDS BY DOREEN RAPPAPORT & BRYAN COLLIER  ‘EVERY CHILD SHOULD FIND THEMSELVES IN A BOOK’ SPEAKING WITH ILLUSTRATOR MELISSA SWEET Her (Melissa Sweet’s) next book, due out in June, is a collaboration with Kwame Alexander, called How To Read A Book: A Focus on Non-Fiction. “Every child entering a library, entering school, is going to pick a different book. It’s imperative for them to find their book.” She says that not every kid is going to be attracted to the most popular or classic children’s…

PAM MUNOZ RYAN USA NOMINEE FOR 2018 HANS CHRISTAIN ANDERSEN AWARD
Newsletter / March 31, 2019

PAM MUNOZ RYAN USA NOMINEE 2018 HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD FOR WRITING “Readers need more than one story. They need many stories about many different families and cultures, traditions and holidays, histories and realities. Reading a breadth of stories nurtures the seeds of understanding.” Pam Muñoz Ryan READ MORE…   MAINE ILLUSTRATOR MELISSA SWEET EARNS NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK HONOR The career of children’s book illustrator Melissa Sweet of Portland will be celebrated at this year’s Carle Honors gala in New York City in September. Presented by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts, the Carle Honors recognize creative vision and dedication in the field of picture books and children’s literature. READ MORE..   INTERVIEW: KAREN LEGGETT ABOURAYA AND SUSAN L. ROTH ON MALALA YOUSAFZAI AND OTHER WOMEN WHO INSPIRE THEM Released this past January in both English and Spanish, Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words is the picture book biography of the amazing Nobel Peace Prize winner and brave, outspoken girl who continues to fight for the millions of children worldwide who are not able to go to school. In this interview for Women’s History Month, we chatted with author Karen Leggett Abouraya and illustrator Susan L.  Roth about their inspiration…

‘WE ARE DISPLACED’ – MALALA CHAMPIONS GIRL REFUGEES EVERYWHERE
Newsletter / January 20, 2019

IN HER NEW BOOK, MALALA CHAMPIONS THE REFUGEE CAUSE Malala’s new book, We are Displaced, goes beyond just her story. She speaks about many others who are just as heroic as her, but will never know fame. She also touches upon an issue that may be unpopular, but which needs to be said: “Many people think refugees should feel only two things: gratitude to the countries that granted them asylum, and relief in safety. I don’t think most people understand the tangle of emotions that comes with leaving behind everything you know.” READ MORE… WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS JUST ANNOUNCED THE 2019 WALTER DEAN MYERS AWARD WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers — writer of classic children’s books including Monster — who was an early champion of diversity in children’s books. 2019 Walter Award, Teen Category: ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo 2019 Walter Award, Younger Readers Category: ‘Ghost Boys’ by Jewell Parker Rhodes READ MORE…     ARTS REVIEW: CHILDREN’S BOOK ART RECALLS ROSA PARKS BUS INCIDENT IN ALABAMA In the dozens of children’s books he has illustrated, Floyd Cooper tells stories that are pertinent…

Native American Authors Build Empathy and Understanding
Newsletter / November 18, 2018

WHY THANKSGIVING ISN’T NECESSARILY A CELEBRATION: A NATIVE AMERICAN WRITER’S TAKE Louise Erdrich debuted with “Love Medicine” in 1984. The writing in this book, which follows many different people, families and experiences, is so strong and distinct. It walks the reader through so many kinds of voices in a world that, at the time it came out, so few people knew or understood. READ MORE… AUTHOR TOMMY ORANGE RETURNS TO TAOS In his (Orange’s) novel there are many cultural references and at one point, Native writer Louise Erdrich (Chippewa) is mentioned. In real life, Orange is fortunate enough to have a blurb by Erdrich on the book jacket… READ MORE… COLUMN: NATIVE AMERICAN AUTHORS TO READ A local here in Minneapolis, she (Louise Edrich) is considered a powerhouse in the Native American writing community. Her works have been up for the Pulitzer Award for Fiction and she has won many acclaimed literary awards. Erdrich’s novels range from fiction to local history to youth to adult and can be found almost anywhere A prolific young adult writer and master storyteller, Tim Tingle is the author for any adult or young adult who wants to learn more about Choctaw stories that are passed down…

WELL READ BLACK GIRL MAKES THE CASE FOR WHY REPRESENTATION IN LITERATURE CHANGES LIVES
Newsletter / October 7, 2018

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM 777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK A memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators. Meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed. Can’t come to NYC? Follow the ceremony as it is live streamed from https://www.facebook.com/pg/janeaddamspeace/posts/ _________________________________________ THE 10 BOOKS TO READ IN OCTOBER Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl online community is one of the best arguments for social media that exists. In this essay collection she has edited, we can see that it’s also necessary, with some of today’s finest writers — including Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson and Tayari Jones — making the case for why representation in literature changes lives. READ MORE…   JACQUELINE WOODSON’S REAL MAKE-BELIEVE VISIT TO OAKLAND The celebrated author of the memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming,” Woodson will engage with young book lovers at Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe, the…