This Week in Diversity: Awards Edition!

We took a short break from blogging in the wake of last week’s big event in the children’s book world: the American Library Association’s annual announcement of their Youth Media Awards—or, as some like to call it, “The Oscars of Children’s Literature.” No outlandish outfits at these Oscars, but a few of our books do now have nice, shiny accessories on their covers:

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor and an ALA Notable Children’s Book

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration

Seeds of Change

¡Olé! Flamenco, winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award Honor and an ALA Notable Children’s Book

And a bit more good news we received:

Yummy is on YALSA’s Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists for 2011!

Seeds of Change is on the Amelia Bloomer Project 2011 List from the American Library Association’s Feminist Task Force

and Sharing Our Homeland is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book from the Association of Jewish Libraries

We are THRILLED THRILLED THRILLED to have so many of our books honored this year! It’s really something for a small indie publisher like us to be able to make a showing in the big leagues like this.

On that note, Kyra over at Black Threads in Kid’s Lit has a fascinating breakdown of Coretta Scott King Award statistics, including some interesting numbers on winners broken down by gender, publisher, and repeat winners. It’s always refreshing to look at these awards through a different lens every once in a while.

That’s all for today – happy Friday, and stay warm, everyone!

5 Comments

  1. Posted January 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea the stickers were on the books alreaady, Yummy looks so pretty! (well the real Yummy would most likely resent that term so instead I wil say the award makes the book look big and dangerous, in the best of ways).

    Lee& Low is the little publishing company that could! Except you’re not so little anymore and we always knew you could. I just realized Tu Books will release books later this year? Ahhhh so excited.

  2. de Pizan
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Congratulations all around!

  3. Posted January 24, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much everyone!

  4. Posted January 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!

  5. Posted January 28, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Congratulations :-)


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