2012 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

Shane Evans

By Shane W. Evans As I sit down to write this, I watch the sun fall below the horizon and my spirits rise. There is the sound of LIFE all around me: birds chirping, the roar of vehicles, the faint exchanges of words between neighbors, and children’s laughter in the air. I am encouraged and […]

A Profile of Shane W. Evans

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By Taye Diggs “What are you?” “What?” “What are you? Preppy, er…What’s your style?” “Uh, I don’t know, man…I’m just me.” Those were the words exchanged when I first met Shane W. Evans. It was the beginning of our sophomore year at School of the Arts in Rochester, New York. We were both transfers and […]

A Profile of Kadir Nelson

Donna Bray and Kadir Nelson. Photo: Alessandra Balzer.

By Donna Bray It was May 2008, and I had just started my first new job in twelve years, as co-publisher of a new imprint at HarperCollins. I was energized, excited — and, frankly, a bit terrified. Being an editor without any books in the pipeline is, I imagine, like being a librarian with empty […]

2012 CSK Author Award Acceptance

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By Kadir Nelson Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here with you to celebrate the work of African American authors and illustrators whose books have been chosen as the best of the best of 2011. I feel privileged to share the company of esteemed peers whom I have long admired. I have always considered […]

2012 Coretta Scott King — Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Acceptance

Ashley Bryan

By Ashley Bryan To be honored in the name of Virginia Hamilton, a person and artist I loved, opens personal feelings and the meaning of her lifetime achievement award. Virginia remains an ongoing inspiration in my life. I have recollections of time spent with her when the warmth and light of her personality enriched those […]

Five questions for Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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To tell the complex story of her great-uncle, bookseller Lewis Michaux, 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award–winner (for Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal) Vaunda Micheaux Nelson employs an amalgamation of historical research, family stories, and her own imagination. No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and […]

2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

There’s an old Western expression — You can never step in the same river twice. Soon this moment will be behind me. I can never get it back. So please bear with me and resist the urge to cattle-prod me off the stage before I’m through. Sixteen years ago, the pioneer spirit overtook my husband, […]

Kadir Nelson, We Are the Ship

Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance for We Are the Ship By Kadir Nelson It is such a thrill to be here in Chicago with you. This distinguished group of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and book lovers revere books for young people so passionately that every year you gather to celebrate your favorites with this early-morning […]