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Lots of ALA 2017 love

All week we’ve been celebrating the 2017 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here’s a cheat sheet to the winners’ acceptance speeches, profiles of them by their loved ones, and more. Caldecott Medal Caldecott Medal Acceptance for Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe Profile of Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson Silver medals by Martha Parravano […]

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? […]

A Lifeline Called Hope: 2017 Wilder Medal Acceptance by Nikki Grimes

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That is one of my favorite verses of scripture, largely because of the word hoped. I’ve long had a fascination with words, and the word with the deepest resonance for me is hope. The journey that brought me to this moment […]

Additional ALA Awards 2017

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences • The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (Harper Voyager) • The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales (Riverhead/Penguin Random House) • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford (Holt) • Buffering: […]

Jerry Pinkney and the Power of Story: Profile of 2016 Wilder & CSK–Virginia Hamiliton Award Winner Jerry Pinkney

The power of story takes on new and exciting meaning when applied to the work of Jerry Pinkney. His choice of tales, his selection of words, the artistry of his pictures, and the way he brings these aspects together give power to the story. In exquisite and relevant ways, Jerry conveys a richness that lingers […]

Drawing My Dream: 2016 Wilder Medal Acceptance by Jerry Pinkney

When I was notified about the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, I was struck once again with the revelation that drawing changed the trajectory of my life. More than that, actually — drawing changed me. I was born in 1939, smack in the middle of a family of eight, and in the middle of another turbulent […]

Profile of 2009 Wilder Award winner Ashley Bryan

By Caitlyn Dlouhy In a recent interview, Ashley Bryan was asked to name a favorite time in his life. Without a pause, he smiled his dazzling smile and exclaimed, “Right now!” At that particular Right Now, Ashley was sitting on a hard plastic chair in a closet-sized studio, portrait lights surely hurting his eyes. Right […]

Profile of 2015 Wilder Medal winner Donald Crews

Looking back on my childhood, it is clear that my parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas Crews, gave my sister and me a visual education. They taught us to look at the world and shared with us their passion for visual and cinematic art. They taught us that the way something is presented is a […]

#ALAAC15 + HB Mag

What a thrilling ALA Annual conference this year in San Francisco (so we hear…). We hope you were able to pick up a copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards. If not, it’ll be in your mailbox soon. If not? Subscribe to the Magazine, for goodness sake! In this Special Issue you’ll […]

Ashley Bryan’s 2009 Wilder Medal Acceptance

By Ashley Bryan You are my people! I grew up in New York City, in the Bronx. My home was in four- and five-story tenement apartment buildings. We knew everyone in these apartments, and everyone looked after everyone as family. That is what I mean when I say you are my people. It was the […]