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During their Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington, the American Library Association announced the winners of their top prizes for 2019, and we were delighted to see the number of creators who are part of the African Diaspora. In honor of Black History Month, we are sharing the all the books with black writers and illustrators that won ALA-Affiliate Awards.
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark, about Creeper who wants aboard the smuggler airship “Midnight Robber” and off the streets of New Orleans, is one of the 10 winners of the Alex Award, given to the best adult books that appeal to teens.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil is another winner of the Alex Award where Wamariya shares her journey from escaping the Rwandan massacre to seeking asylum with her sister in the United States.
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon, the winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, is a collection of essays and personal stories that reflect on the state of American society and Laymon’s experiences with abuse.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, about the disappearance of Claudia’s best friend Monday Charles, is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award that honors new talent and offers visibility to excellence that might otherwise go unacknowledged.
The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer (Author) and Ekua Holmes (Illustrator) won the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award and blends art and science with Bauers poetic words and Holmes’s beautiful illustrations.
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora, winner of the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe New Talent (Illustrator) Award, is about all the neighbors arriving for Omu’s homemade stew.
So…how are you celebrating Black History Month? What is your latest read from a black author? Let us know in the comments! |RL
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