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2016 Coretta Scott King Award Winners

2016 Coretta Scott King Award Winners

Gone Crazy in AlabamaThe Coretta Scott King Award is given in January each year to one African American author and one African American illustrator for outstanding books that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

2016
Author Winner: Gone Crazy in Alabama, Rita Williams-Garcia

Author Honor: All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Author Honor: The Boy in the Black Suit, Jason Reynolds
Author Honor: X: a Novel, Ilyasah Shabazz with Kelka Magoon

 

 

 

 

Trombone Shorty

Illustrator Winner: Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Illustrator Honor: The Book Itch, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Illustrator Honor: Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson

 

 

 

 

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2016 Caldecott Medal Winner: Finding Winnie by Sophie Blackall

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner: Finding Winnie by Sophie Blackall

 

Finding WinnieFinding Winnie: A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers’ horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Gene Luen Yang Named 5th National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature

Gene Luen Yang Named 5th National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature

Yang“The position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children.”

Library of Congress National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

The new Ambassador for the next two years is Gene Luen Yang. The theme for his two year term as ambassador will be “”Reading Without Walls”

Ambassadors:

  1. 2016-2017 Gene Luen Yang
  2. 2014-2015 Kate DiCamillo
  3. 2012-2013 Walter Dean Myers
  4. 2010-2011 Katherine Patterson
  5. 2009-2010 Jon Scieszka

Websites:

Books:

The Promise, Part 1 The Promise, Part 2 The Promise, Part 3 The Search, Part 1
The Search, Part 2 The Search, Part 3 The Rift, Part 1 The Rift, Part 2
The Rift, Part 3 The Rift Smoke and Shadow Secret Coders

Information Provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Happy 100th Birthday, Jean Fritz!

Happy 100th Birthday, Jean Fritz!

 

Jaen Fritz PhotoBorn on November 16, 1915, Jean Fritz has written over 30 books for children since her first book, Bunny Hopwell’s First Spring was published in 1954.  Fritz is probably best known for her Newbery Honor book “Homesick” and for many, many entertaining biographies.

History isn’t boring, once you get to know the people,” says children’s author Jean Fritz. “In my writing, I give people their place.” From National Endowment for the Humanities: Jean Fritz

I’ll tell kids something funny, and they’ll all look at their teacher, to see if it’s OK to laugh. You can almost hear them thinking, `This is history. Is it supposed to be funny?” From: Christian Science Monitor: Author Jean Fritz Shares History’s Facts – and Funny Moments

One of the most interesting things I read about her is this:

In her books about real people of the past, Jean Fritz never makes up dialogue. Instead, she draws on the real letters, diaries, and journals of those people, using only words that they actually wrote or spoke. This practice can make writing scenes and conversations difficult, but Fritz feels it keeps her writing true to the people involved.” From Meet the Author Jean Fritz

Prize winning children’s author Jean Fritz takes takes the viewer along for a research trip at the Hasting’s Public Library:

What an interesting lady! Want to know more?:

Websites:

 

Books:

homesick You Want Women to Vote Lizzie Stanton Alexander Hamilton the Outsider The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Whos Saying What in Jamestown Thomas Savage

Streaming Video:

Watch Jean Fritz’s books:

Whos That Stepping on Plymouth Rock Will You Sign Here John Hancock

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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