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ALA 2018: The CSK Breakfast

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast is always a memorable, moving, and transformative experience, the best event at ALA Annual — and this year more than ever (or do I say that every year?). The sold-out event (more on that later) began with a slight glitch — there were no...
      

2018 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Eloise Greenfield

Eloise Greenfield, winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement AwardThank you, Deborah Taylor and members of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Jury, for this honor. Virginia Hamilton was a writer of great power, dedicated to creating outstanding literature for children, and this award, in...
      

2018 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes. Photo: Clennon King.Good morning, and thank you, everyone, for being here to celebrate these awards and honors with us. To all the honorees, I feel like we are at a family gathering. Isn’t it fitting that this event takes place on a Sunday? In my family, Sunday was...
      

2018 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Renée Watson

Courtesy NCAAP.I know what it’s like to feel invisible.This is strange because in a place like Oregon you’d think a plus-size girl like me, with dark brown skin and natural hair, would stand out. But, growing up in Portland, so many times my white friends would tell me they didn’t...
      

Profile of 2018 CSK Author Award winner Renée Watson

Renée Watson. Photo courtesy of the NAACP.I was going to a gathering at Renée Watson’s apartment in Harlem, but I hadn’t met her before. I don’t like meeting new people, and I was a little worried that Renée might be all Mariah, coolly giving me “I don’t know her” vibes...
      

ALA Awards 2018: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Erin Entrada Kelly for Hello, Universe and Matthew Cordell for Wolf in the Snow on February 12th, 2018, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Denver. Also announced at the gathering were the winners...
      

Reviews of the 2018 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poetsby Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illus. by Ekua HolmesIntermediate, Middle School, High School    Candlewick    50 pp.3/17    978-0-7636-8094-7    $16.99The title of this innovative poetry collection comes from Lucille Clifton, who wrote, “Poems come out of wonder, not...
      

Reviews of the 2018 CSK Author Award winners

WinnerPiecing Me Togetherby Renée WatsonMiddle School, High School    Bloomsbury    264 pp.2/17    978-1-68119-105-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-106-5    $12.99At her mother’s prodding, Jade has spent her high school career preparing herself for success. That has included taking every opportunity offered to her: a scholarship to the prestigious (and mostly white; Jade is African...
      

Review of Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Togetherby Renée WatsonMiddle School, High School    Bloomsbury    264 pp.2/17    978-1-68119-105-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-106-5    $12.99At her mother’s prodding, Jade has spent her high school career preparing herself for success. That has included taking every opportunity offered to her: a scholarship to the prestigious (and mostly white; Jade is African...

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