2019 Walter Awards

We Need Diverse Books have announced the winners of the 2019 Walter Awards that honor and celebrate diverse books written by diverse authors. The awards are named in honor of Walter Dean Myers. There are two age categories:

WALTER AWARD WINNER – TEEN

The Poet X

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

WALTER HONOR BOOKS – TEEN

Monday's Not Coming The Astonishing Color of After

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

 

WALTER AWARD WINNER – YOUNGER READERS

Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

 

WALTER HONOR BOOKS – YOUNGER READERS

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems The Night Diary

They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

 

 

 

This Week’s Tweets & Pins

Here are some of the cool items I shared on Twitter and Pinterest this week:

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Disney contracts with Windsor company to produce activity books for the blind | CBC News

Sourcebooks Launches Three Children’s Imprints

The Stories My Students Need to Hear – https://t.co/Gm1SsoLmSS

What To Look For In Data About Diversity In Publishing? – Reading While White

LIBRARIES

Ebooks seem like ‘Netflix for libraries,’ but they’re a drain on budgets

Kansas library asked to move transgender children books

YA LIT

Early 2019 YA Nonfiction Books To Put On Your TBR

Eric Heisserer to Adapt Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse Books as Shadow and Bone TV Series

PW’s Q & A with Roshani Chokshi

This Week’s Tweets

Here are some of the links I shared over the last couple of weeks on Twitter:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

“Harshly” Judging Islamophobia – https://t.co/nlnAP4LDX6

Irish children’s books enjoying a new ‘golden age’

Newly Updated! Understanding Transgender with LGBTQ Books for Kids via

Telling Her Story: Picture Books about 99 Real-Life Mighty Girls… https://t.co/r1qRwz6649

READING

NPR – Why Millions Of Kids Can’t Read, And What Better Teaching Can Do About It

TEEN LIT

“2018 Proved Black Kids Read (And White Kids Read Books With Black Leads)” by

Entertainment Weekly – Best Comics of 2018 – https://t.co/5nrOiYyOX7

Paste – The 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Novels of 2019

Holiday Break

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This blog and I will be taking a little holiday break through New Year’s Day. I’ll return in the new year with lists of my top picks for 2018.

2018 Costa Book Award Shortlist

The Costa Book Awards have announced their shortlists. The award is the only major UK book prize limited to only authors residing in the UK and Ireland. Here are the titles shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award:

Bone Talk The Colour of the Sun

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay

The Colour of the Sun by David Almond

Orphan Monster Spy The Skylarks' War

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay (published as Love to Everyone in the US)

 

School Library Journal Best Books

Another 2018 best books list has been released, this time from SLJ! Here are the titles:

PICTURE BOOKS 

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Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Black Bird Yellow Sun Blue

Black Bird, Yellow Sun by Steve Light

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The Day You Begin Drawn Together

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael López

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illus. by Dan Santat

35297103 Fox & Chick: The Party: and Other Stories

The Field by Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

Julián Is a Mermaid Me And My Fear

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

35297368 A Parade of Elephants

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illus. by Ebony Glenn

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

The Patchwork Bike Saffron Ice Cream

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus. by Van Thanh Rudd

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Thank You, Omu! They Say Blue

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Zola's Elephant

Zola’s Elephant by Randall de Sève, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski

 

CHAPTER BOOKS

Meet Yasmin! Tiger vs. Nightmare

Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, illus. by Hatem Aly

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

 

MIDDLE GRADE

Amal Unbound Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Blended The Cardboard Kingdom

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Dactyl Hill Squad A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Finding Langston Front Desk

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Harbor Me Hurricane Child

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World The Journey of Little Charlie

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

The Night Diary The Parker Inheritance

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Season of Styx Malone The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta

Swallow's Dance They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems

Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr

They Call Me Guero by David Bowles

You Go First

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

 

NONFICTION

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Dreamers

Americanized by Sara Saedi

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Eat This!: How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back) Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man

Eat This!: How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How You Can Fight Back) by Andrea Curtis, illus. by Peggy Collins

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man by Tonya Bolden

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things)

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, illus. by R. Gregory Christie

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Katherine Roy

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña

Prickly Hedgehogs! Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

Prickly Hedgehogs by Jane McGuinness

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell, illus. by Frané Lessac

 

YA

After The Shot Drops All That I Can Fix

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan

The Astonishing Color of After Blanca & Roja

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLeMore

Blood Water Paint Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCollough

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) Give Me Some Truth

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

Hey, Kiddo Love, Hate & Other Filters

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Mirage (Mirage, #1) Monday's Not Coming

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

On a Sunbeam Picture Us in the Light

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Poet X Pride

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

The Prince and the Dressmaker The Promised Neverland vol.1

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1: Grace Field House by Kaiu Shirai

A Room Away From the Wolves Sadie

A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak: The Graphic Novel When Light Left Us

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll

When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

 

POETRY

Jabberwalking Martin Rising: Requiem For a King

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney

Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

Seeing into Tomorrow by Richard Wright & Nina Crews

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina

 

 

GoodReads Choice Awards – Children’s Nominees

Voting for the 10th Annual GoodReads Choice Awards has opened. They have two categories that are specifically for children’s books. Just as with the YA nominees, there are some odd additions here that are surprising to see in such a strong year for books for children. Here are the nominees:

MIDDLE GRADE & CHILDREN’S

Amal Unbound Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Bob City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Front Desk Ghost Boys

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Magic Misfits The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

The Night Diary The Penderwicks at Last

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1) Sunny (Track, #3)

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Sunny by Jason Reynolds

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3) Willa of the Wood (Willa, #1)

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

You Go First

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

 

PICTURE BOOKS

Baby Monkey, Private Eye A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by E.G. Keller

Drawn Together Hello Lighthouse

Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

I Am Enough Islandborn

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Islandborn by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinoza

Julián Is a Mermaid Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Love Ocean Meets Sky

Love by Matt De La Pena, illustrated by Loren Long

Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

Petra The Rabbit Listened

Petra by Marianna Coppo

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

They Say Blue 36341954

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

We Don’ t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

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The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

Mary Poppins Returns – The Trailer

A charmer of a trailer:

Review: What’s Your Favorite Bug? by Eric Carle

What's Your Favorite Bug by Eric Carle

What’s Your Favorite Bug? by Eric Carle and Friends (9781250151759)

Following the first two picture books in this series, this one focuses entirely on insects. As with the other boos, Eric Carle is joined by other illustrators who draw an image of their favorite insect, tell a little about it and explain why they love it. One of the major treats of this series is never knowing what the page turn will bring, since each double-page spread is done by a different illustrator.

This collection has racial diversity in the illustrators included and also has a nice mix of male and female artists. As with all of the books in the series, there is a wonderful diversity in the art styles as well. The design of the book and the order of the pages works particularly well. There are dark and bright pages that lead readers on a journey of light and shadow that is particularly effective when combined with the crawly nature of bugs.

Another winner in this series that will have you searching out new illustrators to see their full books. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy provided by Henry Holt.