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Archive for February, 2018

2018 Newbery Award

February23

The Newbery Award is presented “… to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” (American Library Association) The 2018 Newbery Award was given to Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow). This outstanding novel is told through the voices of four different characters – Virgil, Valencia, Kaori, and Chet. And then […]

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Caldecott 2018

February15

The American Library Association (ALA) announced their annual awards given to honor children’s and young adults’ books this week. The Caldecott Award is presented “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” This year, the committee chose more multicultural titles than were celebrated in past years.   This year’s Caldecott Award […]

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

February8

Pride of race is the antidote to prejudice. – Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Carole Boston Weatherford has been honored for a number of her books. One of her most recent is Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (Candlewick), illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Arturo (later Arthur) Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938) was an important figure in the Harlem […]

How to Build a Museum

February1

Black history is everybody’s history. Tonya Bolden   Tonya Bolden’s book, How to Build a Museum (Viking), is a fascinating look at taking the concept of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) from an idea to a reality. While the NMAAHC was officially opened by President Barack Obama on September […]


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