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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...
      

Floyd Cooper's Caldecott

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As promised yesterday, we are back today to talk a bit more about the late, great Floyd Cooper’s Caldecott Honor recognition for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford. We speculated yesterday that he may have been the first in Caldecott history to have been awarded recognition...
      

Reviews of the 2022 CSK Illustrator 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...
      

The 2022 Caldecott Announcement

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                               The winner is Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin, edited by Neal Porter, and published by Holiday House. Let's just sit with that cover a minute as we remember the impressive strengths of...
      

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...
      

Unspeakable

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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...
      

R.I.P. Floyd Cooper

We were so sad to learn about the death last week of prolific illustrator Floyd Cooper. A 2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book honoree for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford -- she calls it his "masterpiece" -- Cooper was well known for his mesmerizing eraser technique; see "Studio Views: Erasing Pictures."   Read more by...
      

Review of A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day

A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day by Leah Henderson; illus. by Floyd Cooper Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-4197-3630-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-560-1    $15.54 Through the eyes of a formerly enslaved ten-year-old boy, Henderson recounts the story of what some...
      

Presenting the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

  On Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2021 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious Program...
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