Saturday, January 09, 2010

NAACP Image Award

Did you know the NAACP Image Awards included literature?

I didn't.

But then I read Tanita S. Davis' blog post where she shared that she'd been nominated!

There's a party over at Finding Wonderland, so go over and join in.

Here are all the nominees in the Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens Category:

"Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice" – Phillip Hoose (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Farrar Straus and Giroux)

"Just Another Hero" – Sharon Draper (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

"Mare's War" – Tanita S. Davis (Random House Children's Books)

"Michelle Obama: Meet the First Lady" – David Bergen Brophy (Collins-An Imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books)

"The Rock and the River" – Kekla Magoon (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

And yes, there is a children's category:

"Child of the Civil Rights Movement" – Paula Young Shelton (Random House Children's Books)

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" – Langston Hughes (Author), E.B. Lewis (Illustrator) (Disney-Jump at the Sun/Disney Book Group)

"Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change" – Michelle Cook (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

"Peeny Butter Fudge" – Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

"Sugar Plum Ballerinas #2: Toeshoe Trouble" – Whoopi Goldberg (Disney-Jump at the Sun/Disney Book Group)

And yes, in the future, I'll be sharing this annually and not just when a friend gets nominated.

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© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy


Susan T. said...

Liz, until I heard Tanita's news, I had no idea that the Image awards honored books, too. My bad. Now I"ll know to look for these honors each year.

Emily Wing Smith said...

Wow, this is very interesting! Thanks for the heads-up!

Caroline said...

I think I first heard about this when Christopher Paul Curtis was nominated for Elijah of Buxton, but it flew off my radar - thanks for mentioning this!

Moira Donohue said...

I have been meaning to visit your blog since meeting you at the Kidlitosphere conference, but I have been too intimidated. Now I'm here during the challenge and I'm so glad I did - this was most interesting information. Thanks!

tanita✿davis said...

ME TOO. Nikki Grimes won in 2009, and I am pleased about that -- good for her. Now that I know the award EXISTS, I'll check it out.

Paige Y. said...

I didn't know about this award either. I have only read Just Another Hero (and quite frankly thought it was one of Draper's weaker books) but I have Claudette Colvin on my table to read this month (hopefully) and will pull The Rock and the River as a to-read.

Bill said...

Loved Peeny Butter Fudge and A Negro Speaks of Rivers, especially the illustrations in the second one.

Liz B said...

Susan & Emily, now I have more books to add to my "to read" books.

Caroline, I want to look more into the criteria for this award. Philip Hoose is on the list, so it's not limited to African American authors, like the CSKing awards.

Moira, hi! I'm glad you stopped by.

Paige, agreed about the Draper book. I've heard great things about the Magoon book but haven't read it yet. Of course, I'm partial to Tanita's book; but I'm also surprised that Fly Girl isn't here. I thought it was a terrific work of historical fiction.

Bill, I'm so weak on all these picture books; I haven't read a single one!