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The Year in Words and Pictures—and Stories

As the speeches and profiles arrived for this year’s ALA Awards special issue, we noticed a theme: so many of them address the idea of learning from others, especially those who came before. That’s part of the work of acceptance speeches, of course, as creators give credit to their influences....
      

Profile of 2022 CSK Author Award winner Carole Boston Weatherford

From time to time, I do consider writing nonfiction for young readers. I think about the people, places, and events that highlight the Black experience in the United States. And I think of the skill, wisdom, and knowledge it takes to find the right stories, the necessary stories to construct...
      

2022 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance on behalf of the late Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper's family. From left: his son Dayton, wife Velma, and son Kai. Photo courtesy of Dayton Cooper. Bittersweet. I’d like to start off by thanking the 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury, and of course ALA, for making this possible. But more importantly, I’d like to thank my...
      

2022 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Carole Boston Weatherford

I am grateful to the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury and for the support of Lerner Publishing Group and Carolrhoda Books, my editor Carol Hinz, art director Danielle Carnito, my agent Rubin Pfeffer, and my publicists Lindsay Matvick and Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati. Most of all, I am blessed that I...
      
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Review of Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect

Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Jeffery Boston WeatherfordPrimary, Intermediate    Millbrook    40 pp.    g2/22    978-1-5415-6040-6    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5415-9936-9    $9.99Mary Hamilton was a teacher, a ­Freedom Rider, a CORE regional director, and an agent of change. Carole Boston ­Weatherford’s (Unspeakable,...
      

Reviews of the 2022 CSK Author Award Winners

Winner Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Floyd Cooper Primary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    32 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-5415-8120-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-1738-7    $27.99 In 1921, over the course of sixteen hours, the Black community of Greenwood, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was all but destroyed, with most of...
      

Unspeakable: Carole Boston Weatherford's 2021 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Gratitude overflows for those who inspired and encouraged me to tackle this tough topic. The late Tom ­Feelings, a pioneering illustrator, planted the seed when he showed me drawings for a still-unpublished work-in-progress about lynching. More than a decade later, my mother passed down family lore about a relative who...
      

BGHB 2021: Unspeakable

Nonfiction week continues in our month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Shoshana Flax introduces the 2021 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Book Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre:   The 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Nonfiction is presented to author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd...
      

Profile of 2021 CSK Illustrator Award winner Frank Morrison

When I met Frank in person, the first thing I noticed was his warm smile. But long before we exchanged smiles and hugs for the first time at the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art show several years ago, I had met Frank through his incredible artwork. Many years before, I...
      

2021 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Frank Morrison

Man, it was hot that day. One of those summer days when you don’t go outside unless you can find a good spot of shade. The days when the ice-cream man doesn’t come out until the sun sets. The days when if you’re fortunate enough to be in the house,...
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