Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Cleans Up at the ALA Awards
Released in October of 2017, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, the charming picture book written by Derrick Barnes (left) and illustrated by Gordon James (right), continues to make waves in the literary world--winning and receiving honors for four of the most prestigious awards in the children's book category.
As recently announced, Barnes has won the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Writer, with James also winning an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor!
Additionally, Crown was named a 2018 John Newbery Honor Book for most outstanding contribution to children's literature.
A Randolph Caldecott Honor for most distinguished American Picture Book for children has also been awarded to Barnes' and James' collaborative effort.
Lastly, Crown has received both the Coretta Scott King Author Honor and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, which recognizes African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.
Congratulations to both Derrick and Gordon for these well-deserved accolades!
Wins Illustrator Award
Fine artist, graphic designer, and illustrator Charly Palmer has won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for illustrator for his amazing work on the picture book Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song. The book, written by Kathryn Erskine and published by Farrar Strauss Giroux Books for Young Readers, had already received critical acclaim in the form of two starred reviews from Kirkus and Horn Book.
Palmer's illustrations for Mama Africa!, about which Kirkus says, his "densely illustrated, painterly scenes give readers a strong sense of the culture and beauty of South Africa," was also accepted into the Society of Illustrators' 2017 Original Art Show, an honor that is greatly celebrated in the children's book community.
Congratulations to Charly Palmer!
Chester B. Himes
Awarded by the Black Caucus of ALA
Congratulations to writer, historian, and Bloomberg distinguished professor Lawrence P. Jackson, whose most recent publication, Chester B. Himes: A Biography, has won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award for Nonfiction. The Washington Post Notable Book, which is the definitive biography of "one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition" (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), has continued to receive critical acclaim since its release last summer. Most notably, the biography has also been nominated as a finalist in the 2018 Edgar Awards in the Critical/Biographical category, and has made the short list for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards as a finalist for the PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography.
These honors come on the heel of Jackson's NAACP Image Award nomination, as well as the recognition his work has received as one of the best books of 2017. Chester B. Himes has been named an NPR Best Book of 2017, made Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of 2017, and been chosen as a notable nonfiction for The Washington Post.