Pura Belpre Awards

Also announced at the ALA MidWinter Meeting in Boston on Monday were the winners of the Pura Belpre Awards, which “honor Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.”

The 2010 winners were Rafael López, illustrator of Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day, and Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender. Check out the ALA link to find out more about the books and their creators.

Coretta Scott King Awards

The Coretta Scott King Awards were presented this week for outstanding books for children and young adults created by African-American authors and illustrators.

This year’s King Author Book winner is BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF BASS REEVES, DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.

The King Author Book honor selection is MARE’S WAR by Tanita S. Davis.

The King Illustrator award was given to MY PEOPLE, illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr. and written by Langston Hughes.
The honor book for the illustrator award is THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS, illustrated by E. B. Lewis and also written by Langston Hughes.

Congratulations to all the winners!

New ALA Book Awards

The winners have just been announced and they are….TA DA!

2010 Newbery Award–WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead
2010 Caldecott Award--THE LION AND THE MOUSE by Jerry Pinkney
Honor Books (this one was a favorite of mine)–ALL THE WORLD illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon
RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS: A YEAR IN COLORS illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman.
More award-winning books tomorrow…

Children’s Book Winners for the NAACP Image Awards

Congratulations to Nikki Grimes and Brian Collier for their picture book biography on our new President,

Barack Obama: Son of Promise Child of Hope. It has earned honors for OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK–CHILDREN

I had the wonderful opportunity to see the galley of this book last June while attending a writers’ workshop in Arkansas. Ms. Grimes visited one day and shared not only the book with us but also insights into how she writes poetry. It was a fantastic presentation.
To read more about Ms. Grimes poetry tips, visit my blog archives.
Nikki Giovanni’s poetry book, Hip Hop Speaks to Children, was awarded by NAACP for OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK–POETRY. It also earned a spot on BOOKLIST’s TOP 10 ART BOOKS FOR YOUTH. Poetry Speaks to Children is another Sourcebooks publication that Ms. Giovanni contributed to as well. 

Some of the Best Children’s Books

When there are so many good children’s books out there, it’s always great to get some help in narrowing your reading list. Of course, I wish I had time to read all of them, but I know that’s impossible.

Here’s the latest from the Association for Library Services to Children: 2009 Notable Children’s Book Awards
These books are chosen for their quality and creativity for children ages birth to 14 years. One on the list that I just finished reading is STINKY by Eleanor Davis. This graphic novel for young readers pairs a monster boy and a human boy, and as it turns out, they have much in common. Fun illustrations and easy reading combine to make this selection a winner.
Be sure to check out more of the notable books on this list. And I’m always excited to hear about special books that you’ve discovered. 
Some sunshine + A good book = Heaven.