Coretta Scott King
The Coretta Scott King award is granted to books by African-American authors and illustrators who create children’s books that celebrate the African-American experience.
I read Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, by Laban Carrick Hill. This beautiful picture book tells the story of Dave, a slave who created gorgeous pottery. Pottery with Dave’s signature and inscription has survived. The few surviving pieces demonstrate the skill this artisan possessed.
Pura Blepre Award
The Belpre Medal is granted to Latino/Latina authors and illustrators for books that best portray, affirm, or celebrate the Latino cultural experience in books for children.
I read I Lived on Butterfly Hill, by Marjorie Agosin. Celeste’s parents are doctors who advocate for healthcare for the poor. When the president of Chile is murdered, Celeste’s parents must go into hiding. Celeste is then sent to live with her aunt in America. The novel follows the Marconi family as they must flee and abandon their beautiful Chile, Celeste’s journey and experiences as an exile in America, and the families struggles to come together again. Celeste’s story illustrates the experiences of those who have fled from militaristic regimes in South American countries.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award honors the authors and illustrators of informational books for children. There are so many in this category that was difficult to choose.
I ended up actually changing my original choice because of the length of other books this week. I read Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh, tells us the story of the first court battle for desegregation. Sylvia and her brothers were sent to learn in the “Mexican school” in the neighborhood, rather than attend the local school. This battle for equal education, and lawsuits filed by the Mendez family, were the precursors to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education (1954) desegregation case.
Schneider Family Award
The Schneider Family Book Award honors a book that positively and accurate portrays the disability experience in children’s books.
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jennifer Fisher Bryant, tells the story of Horace Pippin and his art. He was injured in WWI and lost the functioning of his right arm. Pippin returned to his childhood love of art, and continued to create art with splashes of red. Horace used his rehabilitation after his disability to continue to make art, and this story demonstrates the challenges of living with a disability.
Buckaroo Book Award
The Buckaroo Book Award is sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming Reading Council. The objective of this award is to have Wyoming students in Kindergarten through third grade read new fiction and vote on their favorites.
The book Three Ninja Pigs, by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat, was the winning book in 2014-2015. It is a retelling of the Three Little Pigs that centers around the pigs learning to defend themselves from the wolf. This rhyming, metered book allows for a sing-song retelling. I know students (and adults) of all ages love this book! I picked it up at a book fair last year and it is a great, fun book!
What did you read this week? Do you have any suggestions for me?
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