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Picture Book Wins the Newbery!

January 14, 2016

This has been an exciting week. It’s one I wait for each year. The American Library Association announced the Youth Media Award winners for 2016. Shut the front door! Knock my socks off! The Newbery Medal didn’t go to a middle-grade or young adult novel as one would expect. I’m totally awestruck the Newbery Medal went to a picture book!

Last Stop on Market Street is an amazing book written by Matt De La Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson, and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. It was also named a Caldecott Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. This 757-word book packs power. Matt De La Peña’s lyrical language and Christian Robinson’s attention to detail depict a diverse population in an urban setting. Although this book may look uncomplicated, it’s a story of wants, needs, and the haves and have-nots in society. Readers are treated to the warm relationship between a young boy and his grandmother and their compassion for others. This book illustrates the kindness and beauty that encompasses us if we only take the time to notice. De La Peña and Robinson have created an unforgettable book – and Newbery Medal winner.

NEVER, NEVER underestimate the power of a picture book!

Black History Month

February 21, 2013

I couldn’t let Black History Month pass by without mentioning a wonderful book written by award-winning poet, Arnold Adoff with paintings by the very talented R. Gregory Christie.

Roots and Blues A Celebration is a book filled with poems that speak of the difficult journey of African American slaves and how the joys and sorrows in their lives were intertwined with the rhythm and music of the world around them.

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Adoff’s word choice and placement of words create rhythmic patterns that flow off the page and sing to the reader. With his unique style, Adoff introduces the history and culture of the blues to readers. References to such music greats as Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, W.C. Handy, Ma Rainey, and others are made. Interspersed throughout the book are paintings by R. Gregory Christie, a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner, that capture the suffering and joy of African American life.

This is a book to be savored.


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