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Riverside Middle School Library: Newbery/Coretta Scott King

Newbery Awards

Hello, Universe cover

Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion. 

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut 

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, and published by Bolden, an Agate Imprint, a Denene Millner Book
A boy walks into a barbershop; a prince walks out. Through lyrical free verse, Derrick Barnes’joyous paean celebrates the universal, transformative, confidence-building experience of a great haircut. 

 

Long Way Down
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds and published by Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book 
Terse, sharp verse depicts a desperate teenager seeking to avenge the shooting death of his brother. Gun tucked into his waistband, he is shocked by the appearance of childhood friends and relatives on a chilling sixty-second elevator ride. Visceral language and raw emotion result in a powerful novel of grief and vengeance. 
 
Piecing Me Together
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson and published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
“I am learning to speak. To give myself a way out. A way in.” Jade’s mixed media collages evolve as she finds her voice. Through artful and poetic language, Watson explores themes of race, class, gender and body image in this dynamic journey.
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Coretta Scott King Awards

2018 Author Award Winner

Cover page of Piecing Me Together

The 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner is to Renée Watson, author of "Piecing Me Together,” published by Bloomsbury Children's Books.

"Piecing Me Together" is an inspiring tale in which Watson pulls the reader into Jade's world by sharing Jade's love for the Spanish language and providing a different, yet necessary story of Black womanhood. 

Renée Watson is an author, educator, and activist from Portland, Oregon, who now lives in New York City. Watson has taught creative writing and theater in public schools and community centers throughout the U.S. for over twenty years. She often focuses on the lived experiences of Black girls and women. 

"Watson brings us a coming-of-age tale that eloquently explores the many facets of Jade, a brilliant and creative teen on the brink of young adulthood," said Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury Chair Sam Bloom.

2018 Illustrator Award Winner

Cover of the book "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets"The 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Winner is Ekua Holmes, illustrator of "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets,” written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth,  published by Candlewick Press.

In "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets," Ekua Holmes's mixed-media collage images balance the tone and tenor of the new poems created by the authors, while paying homage to each of the featured poets in the subtle detailas extracted from various aspects. 

"Holmes expertly infuses the multilayered poetry with the richness of the Black art aesthetic in her original, evocative, vibrantly colored compositions," said Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury Chair Sam Bloom.

Ekua Holmes is a native and current resident of Boston, Massachusetts, who has worked as an artist, curator, and active member of Boston's art community. She was influenced by the need to fill the void of what she perceived as an absence of positive Black images in her childhood neighborhoods. 

2018 Author Honor Books

"Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut" by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, and published by Bolden, an Agate Imprint, a Denine Millner Book. 

"Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds, published by Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book. 

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 

2018 Illustrator Honor Books

"Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut" illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, and published by Bolden, an Agate Imprint, a Denene Millner Book.

"Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman" illustrated by James E. Ransome, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome, and published by Holiday House. 

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