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The somber tone of Floyd Cooper’s illustrations in Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, begins on the cover. The family — mother, father, and two young girls — is obviously in distress as they appear to flee a scene of fire and destruction. For those of us in...

Lift Every Voice: History and Stories

In addition to this year being the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, it is also fifty years since I graduated from high school. My foundational education provided very few opportunities to read books by African American writers, either for school or pleasure. Interestingly,...

A Profile of Children's Literature Legacy Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve known Jacqueline Woodson for years, but even before we met, when I read Last Summer with Maizon (1990), Jackie’s first book, I knew a special writer had arrived on the children’s literature scene. Although the full extent of the depth and breadth of her talent may not have been...

Profile of 2016 CSK Author Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia

Whenever I think of Rita Williams-Garcia, it is not long before the memory rises of a teen mother asking Rita a question at a school visit coordinated by my library, Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. The young women at the school had read Rita’s seminal novel Like Sisters on...

My Pen

There are few things more exciting than a picture-book artist creating in an unexpected style.Christopher Myers, winner of the 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Award for his illustrations for Firebird, written by Misty Copeland, provides a fanciful exploration of creativity with pen and ink drawings in My Pen.The intrigue begins...

Coretta Scott King Awards 2015

Some of the most eagerly awaited announcements during the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference are the Coretta Scott King Awards. This year, with all the discussion about diversity, anticipation was high about what would captivate the CSK jury. Would previously decorated authors and illustrators receive additional accolades to gild...

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