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Making a Difference: ALAYMA17 edition

activism_banner1_550x116This month we’ve been celebrating people who have Made a Difference by effecting positive change in the world — click the tag hbmadjan17 and follow @HornBook #HBMaDJan17 and Facebook.com/TheHornBook.

ymaSo many of this year’s just-announced ALA Youth Media Award winners fit perfectly with this month’s mission of “Blowing the horn for good books for boys and girls” while highlighting difference-makers — including the indomitable Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, winner of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Here is a selection of other notable examples:

March: Book 3 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell won a historic four awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Award, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

steptoe_radiant-childRadiant Child by Javaka Steptoe won the Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan won a Newbery Honor as well as Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Honors.

Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford won a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor.

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson was named a Sibert Honor Book.

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin was named a Sibert Honor Book.

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolph Hitler by Russell Freedman was named a Sibert Honor Book.

russo_if i was your girlIf I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo was a Stonewall Book Award winner.

Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community by Robin Stevenson was a Stonewall Honor Book.

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov is the Schneider Family Book Award winner for young children.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune written by Pamela S. Turner, illus. by Gareth Hinds was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

For more, click on the tag ALA Midwinter 2017.

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