THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) announced the winners of its Coretta Scott King Awards for African American authors and illustrators of children's books at its Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, just days before Mrs. King's death on January 30.
The Coretta Scott King Committee of the ALA's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table presents the award annually to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an "outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution."
According to ALA, the award is for books that "promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream." It commemorates the work of Mrs. King and her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to achieve "peace and world brotherhood" through the Civil Rights Movement. Since the award began in 1969, more than 175 titles have been honored.
After Mrs. King's death, Fran Ware, chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, said: "For thirty-six years, she was an inspiration and positive influence on our committee. Her dedication to the dream of her beloved husband, Martin, and the rights of suppressed people everywhere served as a model for our committee ... Today is both our 'Day of Tears,' as we hang our heads low in sorrow, and our 'Day of Jubilee" as we celebrate the legacy of our beloved Mrs. King. May she rest in peace"
The awards announced January 23 for books published in 2005 were: Coretta Scott King (author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, written by Julius Lester. Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children, is the publisher.
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books selected were Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.); Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes (Jump at the Sun); and A Wreath for Emmett Till written by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philippe Lardy (Houghton Mifflin Company).
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