Awards Season

Feel that excitement in the air. It’s that time again. Get ready for the children’s literature awards. The NAACP Image Award nominees were just announced. Congratulations to everyone who made the list! 

Here are the children’s and teen literature nominees:

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

  • “Child of the Civil Rights Movement” – Paula Young Shelton (Random House Children’s Books)
  • “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: Toeshoe Trouble” – Whoopi Goldberg (Disney-Jump at the Sun/Disney Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

  • “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)
  • “Rock and the River” – Kekla Magoon (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Which authors and illustrators of color are on your short list for the kidlit awards? Share your picks in the comments and salute some of the wonderful books published in 2009.

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