Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

Hand in Hand

This morning, I would like to talk to you about black men. Let’s 
face it: as an African American woman, it is perhaps unlikely that 
I have authored a book and am speaking on behalf of black men. 
But here I am. So, to begin, I’d like to share the story of a man whose […]

A Profile of Andrea Davis Pinkney

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“My Word-y Wife” by Brian Pinkney When I met Andrea in 1986, I immediately knew she would be my wife. Andrea is a phenomenal combination of self-disciplinarian and joy-seeker. When it comes to writing, her focus is razor-sharp. When it comes to having fun, she finds pleasure in paddling her kayak, or sitting in the […]

A very good question

Lee and Low’s blog is asking a good question: “Why hasn’t the number of multicultural books increased in eighteen years?” They have assembled a good variety of responses, and I have two more, one only semi-facetious and one perhaps semi-impolitic: Semi-facetious response: While the blog states the disparity between the non-white population in this country […]

Books for black kids

There’s a provocative new comment over on Yolanda Hare’s “Beyond the Friends.” It has me wondering if the CSK awards ever suffer from Newberyitis, where some kids see the sticker and think, “oh, this is one of those books that’s supposed to be good for you.” Because light escapist fare they ain’t. (Nor are they […]

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 […]