Monday, December 6, 2010
Every January, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, given to an "African American author and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions," are announced. Here at the library, a group of people very interested in excellent children's literature spends the year reading currently-published children's books by African American authors and illustrators. Then we announce our own "mock" award selections. The "real" awards will be announced by the American Library Association at 7:45 a.m. PST, Monday, Jan. 10. Here are our favorites:
Author Award: Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Honor Books: Zora and Me, by Victoria Bond & T. R. Simon; One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia; and Ruth and the Green Book, by Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Illustrator Award: Black Jack, The Ballad of Jack Johnson, by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Honor Books: Back of the Bus, by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and Ruth and the Green Book, by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Many Thanks to all of you who participated, virtually and in person. And to all of the authors and illustrators who gave us so many fantastic reading hours this year, our gratitude -- we'll do our best to put your work into the hands and hearts of children.