BOOK PAGES INTERVIEWS LINDA WILLIAMS JACKSON
Linda Williams Jackson follows up her critically acclaimed debut, Midnight Without a Moon (2018 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title), with a new story starring 13-year-old Rose Lee Carter. A Sky Full of Stars opens in 1955 in racially divided Stillwater, Mississippi.
“I consider it a privilege to put myself in a young person’s shoes and relive youth in the form of a story.”
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO WINS 2018 NBA FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE
She (Robin Benway) thanked her fellow judges—Lamar Giles, Grace Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins—for “not only reading hundreds of books this year but for doing so with critical eyes, sensitive hearts, and incredible senses of humor.”
The word that Benway said the judges kept coming back to was propulsion: “Is this a book that will propel and enrich the joyful experience of reading? Is this a title that will not only hold the reader’s attention as a youth, but also serve as a crucial step in the process of creating a curious and lifelong reader?”
THE 10 BEST YA AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2018
In her first middle grade novel since Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson, a former National Book Award winner, uses these six students’ stories to showcase how essential it is to teach kids to support one another.
RECOMMENDED NEW READS FOR KIDS
Dreamers By Yuyi Morales
This picture books vividly captures one family’s immigrant experience, as author/illustrator Morales and her infant son travel from their native Mexico to San Francisco.
Turning Pages: My Life Story By Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Lulu Delacre
With mixed-media illustrations by Delacre, Turning Pages is a SCOTUS testimony to be savored by young and old alike.