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The first CSK Illustrator Award-winning book, 1974

Later this week Richard and I are going west to Abilene to see the exhibition of Coretta Scott King Award winners at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (also known as NCCIL, thank heavens). There will be a bash to which we are grateful to be invited, and the exhibit of some one hundred original illustrations from CSK winners and honor books sounds stupendous. Say hi if you are there.

Then we head north by northwest to see all the children in Las Vegas (“Near,” my fellow grandpa keeps reminding me. “Near Las Vegas”). Gambling is the one vice with which I’ve never even flirted, and I expect our pleasures to be completely wholesome. You will find me by the pool, reading about spies.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. While you are way out west, you might want to make time to visit The Old Jail Museum in (nearby) Albany. Artists such as Picasso, Renoir, Miro and names scratched into the cell walls.

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