Coretta Scott King Book Awards, recognizing an African American author/illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. The Author winner came as no surprise to anyone paying attention in children’s literature for the last year: One Crazy Summer, written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is well-deserving of the award. Three King Author Honor Books were selected: Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers (haven’t read it, but will), Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes (read it, liked it), and Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, written by G. Neri (haven’t read it, probably won’t).
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier — apparently the best book you’ve never read. One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected: Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. I’m sorry, but I haven’t seen this either. I wish Ruth and the Green Book had made one of these two lists. A missed opportunity to expose kids to a different topic in the Civil Rights period — that of the African American motorist. (Read the book.)
The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award went to Zora and Me, written by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, and the Illustrator Award went to Seeds of Change, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson. Haven’t read the first, liked the second.
Pura Belpré Author Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. The winner was The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan. The three honor books were ¡Olé! Flamenco, written and illustrated by George Ancona, The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba, written by Margarita Engle, and 90 Miles to Havana, written by Enrique Flores-Galbis. I’ve read none of these. Sorry.
Grandma’s Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez, I have read all three of the honor books. They are Fiesta Babies, illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla; Me, Frida, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky; and Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh. I didn’t particularly like the illustrations of Fiesta Babies or Dear Primo, but Me, Frida is gorgeous.
The Schneider Family Book Award is given for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. The Pirate of Kindergarten, written by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril, wins the award for children ages 0 to 10. After Ever After, written by Jordan Sonnenblick, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11–13) award, and the teen (ages 13–18) award winner is Five Flavors of Dumb, written by Antony John. I like how this category is divided by age group. I’ve read and like the first two, and plan to read the teen title.
So, that wraps it up for me for another year. I have a lot of catching up to do on the award reading, because I didn’t get to many of the books selected this year. Better luck for 2011.
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