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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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2016 Newbery Medal Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

2016 Newbery Medal Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

 

Last Stop on Market Street: A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

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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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