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Profile of 2022 CSK Illustrator Award winner Floyd Cooper

Is there a specific point in a person’s life when they go from mentee to mentor? At what stage does someone become the elder statesperson? It seems to follow that age-old adage that to become an overnight success, you just need to spend years and years working away at it....

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–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Nikki Grimes

When I thought about what I wanted to say on this auspicious occasion, I knew where I wanted to begin, and where I wanted to end. I open with lines from Psalm 16:5-6. I thought about using a contemporary translation, but I prefer the poetry of the original — no...

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...

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...

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...

Our Foundation, Our Springboard: The Trailblazing Work of Mildred D. Taylor and Jacqueline Woodson

Because Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Mildred D. Taylor have been so recently profiled in these pages (see the May/June 2019 and July/August 2020 issues), we decided instead to offer this year's Margaret A. Edwards Award winner Kekla Magoon space to...

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...
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