Tuesday, January 17, 2012

And OUR award-winners are . . .

A group of us had a great time Saturday talking about the wonderful features of the books presented this year on this blog. It was a difficult decision, but we're pleased to announce that Underground, by Shane W. Evans, impressed us enough to be named our mock author AND illustrator award-winner in our annual Mock Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Don't miss looking at this book that explains the underground railroad to young readers, or those below that we named mock honor books. The real Coretta Scott King Book Awards will be announced at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, January 23, when 18 youth media awards are announced by the American Library Association. You can tune in at 8:30 a.m. here for a live webcast.

Mock Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books

Mock Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Love Twelve Miles Long, by Glenda Armand, illustrated by Colin Bootman

In 1820s Maryland, Frederick's mother, who is a slave on a different plantation, walks twelve miles each way for a nighttime visit with her son, during which she recounts what each mile of the journey represents. Based on the childhood of Frederick Douglass.

Publisher: Lee and Low Books, unpaged

Henry Ossawa Tanner: His Boyhood Dream Comes True, by Faith Ringgold

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the first African American painter to achieve international fame, became an inspiration to Harlem Renaissance artists and generations of American painters His story is retold by Faith Ringgold, one of today's leading African American artists, to inspire another generation of children to become the artists of the future. Tanner's struggle to achieve his dream and his success as a painter on the world stage will inspire and challenge young readers.

Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing, 32 p.