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Junko Yokota

About Junko Yokota

Junko Yokota is Professor Emerita at National Louis University and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books in Chicago. She is past-president of USBBY and has served on many ALSC committees. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Award for Contribution to Multicultural Literature.

To Know Nikki Grimes Is to Know an Artist: Profile of 2017 Wilder Award winner Nikki Grimes by Junko Yokota

With the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, ALA’s Association of Library Services to Children celebrates Nikki Grimes for her lifetime contribution as a poet and novelist. From Danitra Brown to Dyamonde Daniel and more, Grimes has created characters in which diverse child readers can see themselves reflected. Who is the person behind the poetry and novels? […]