Last month, the American Library Association honored some of the best books of 2016 and here are a few!
by Carole Boston Weatherford
with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie
Told in verse, this is a celebration of the human spirit to still find reasons to laugh and play, dance and make music- all the things we think are necessary for us to endure and to have hope during difficult times. The back matter includes more information about the place and a glossary.
*Caldecott Honor* *Coretta Scott King (Illustrator)*
by Ashley Bryan
Ashley Bryan imagines the lives- and dreams- of eleven slaves who were sold like property as part of an estate sale after a plantation owner dies. Through poetry and mixed media illustrations, readers find out what these people have experienced- as well their histories and hopes for the future.
*Newbery Honor* *Coretta Scott King (Author)* *Coretta Scott King (Illustrator)*
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
with illustrations by Nate Powell
March is such an important set of books to read! Despite all the progress that has been made, there’s still a lot of work to be done. This graphic novel trilogy is the story of John Lewis who started out as young boy wanting to be a preacher and ended up being (and continues to be) a hero for human rights.
Book Three focuses on some of the darkest moments in the Civil Rights movement as the battle for “One Man, One Vote” escalates into sickening acts of evil and violence stemming from fear and hatred. But it also serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit to defy the odds, stand strong against oppression, and to march on despite the obstacles. Freedom and everything it entails is not just for a select few but for all.
*Coretta Scott King (Author)* *Printz* *Sibert* *YALSA*