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Julius Lester’s 1995 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Author Award Speech for John Henry

It was late on an afternoon in late summer or early autumn of 1967. My editor at Dial Books, Joyce Johnson, and I had just finished going over the final revisions for my first book, Look Out, Whitey! Black Power’s Gon’ Get Your Mama!, which would be published the following spring. As I was getting […]

The Pinkney Family: In the Tradition

Jerry and Gloria. Brian and Andrea. The Pinkney family is unique in African-American children’s literature, perhaps in all of American children’s literature: four members of the family — two generations, two couples, two artists (one an author-illustrator), two writers — all currently producing award-winning children’s literature. And other family members are in the wings. How […]

A Wider Vision for the Newbery

Editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren Adams At first glance, the last ten years appear to have seen a remarkable diversity of books honored by the Newbery award. Poetry and nonfiction have both won medals (Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise [Harper] and Russell Freedman’s Lincoln [Clarion]); and a wide range of books, from folklore to […]

A wider vision for the Newbery

Editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren Adams At first glance, the last ten years appear to have seen a remarkable diversity of books honored by the Newbery award. Poetry and nonfiction have both won medals (Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise [Harper] and Russell Freedman’s Lincoln [Clarion]); and a wide range of books, from folklore to […]