JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018
Sara Holbrook author of Winner for Older Readers: The Enemy: Detroit 1954 (upper photo)
Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi authors of Honor for Older Readers: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up with Heather Palmer (center) selection committee chair (lower left photo)
Susan Freiss (r) committee member with James E. Ransome illustrator & Lesa Cline-Ransome author of Honor for Younger Readers: Before She Was Harriet (lower right photo)
DIVERSITY AND DEEP CONNECTIONS FOR CHILDREN’S AUTHORS, EDITORS, AND BOOKSELLERS AT NAIBA 2018
Receiving both the Carla Cohen Free Speech Award and the Book of the Year Award, Ghost Boys author Rhodes captured the energy of the conference, harnessing it in a rousing 30-minute speech on racial violence in America that garnered a standing ovation. Rhodes shared the story of her own life, interwoven with descriptions of how she came to write the book.
ANNOUNCING THE 2019 ONE BOOK, ONE PHILADELPHIA SELECTION
The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office today announced the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward—a staggering road-trip tale of loss and survival—as the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia featured reading selection.
Young readers will join the conversation with youth companion titles Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña.
DANTICAT DELIVERS KEYNOTE AT NEUSTADT LITERARY FESTIVAL & MARGARITA ENGLE HONOR ANNOUNCED
The Haitian-American author (Edwidge Danticat) was honored during the biannual Neustadt Literary Festival, a “celebration of international books and culture” sponsored by OU’s World Literature Today.
… 2019 winner ( Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature) was also announced during this week’s festival: Margarita Engle, a Cuban-American author of many verse novels.
PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN POET AND ESSAYIST NAOMI SHIHAB NYE COMES TO PENN STATE
“Stay in touch with what you experience,” said Nye, “we are all living in poems, we just don’t always write it down because we don’t see it’s potential.”
THE BUZZ AT WHELDEN: AUTHOR LAUREN WOLK ON NOVE. 7
The impact of Wolf Hollow, (Lauren)Wolk’s tale of a distressed and misunderstood adult being taken under the wing of a child, has been compared to that of To Kill A Mockingbird.
WHAT’S THE ONE BOOK ALL YOUNG CANADIANS SHOULD READ? 12 TEENS SHARE THEIR PICKS
Deborah Ellis’s book The Breadwinner follows an Afghan girl named Parvana as she disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. The Breadwinner was chosen by Haya El Roz from Westminster Secondary School in London, Ont.
20-YEAR WINCHESTER TRADITION ENCOURAGES READING BY MAKING LITERATURE AND AUTHORS ‘REAL’
Author and Illustrator Eric Velasquez who was born in Spanish Harlem to Afro-Puerto Rican parents and grew up in Harlem, shared Puerto Rican music and dancing with the students.
“It’s always exciting for me to share the very same things my grandmother shared with me,” he said. “It keeps her memory alive.”
BY SUSAN LYNN MEYER
ILLUSTRATED BY ERIC VELASQUEZ