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JFIC for Black History Month

Hello, jFIC fans,

It’s Black History Month, so let’s celebrate African American jFIC authors. Here’s a list of their awesome books :

The Crossover Series by Kwame Alexander

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

Like Vanessa by Tami Charles

So Done by Paula Chase

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

New Kid (graphic novel) by Jerry Craft (Recent winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature)

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Blended by Sharon Draper

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes

Bird by Angela Johnson

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee

The Season of Stix Malone by Kekla Magoon

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

Ghost and sequels by Jason Reynolds (current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature)

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

One Crazy Summer Trilogy by Rita Williams-Garcia

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi


And also, because it’s Valentine’s Day, here’s a sweet love story: Dream Within a Dream by Patricia MacLachlan

Happy reading!

“I always get up and make a cup of coffee while it is still dark — it must be dark — and then I drink the coffee and watch the light come.” —Toni Morrison

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Award-Winning JFIC Books

Hello, jFIC fans,

The 2019 Youth Media Awards have been announced (https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/2019-youth-media-award-winners/), and I’ve listed all the jFIC winners:

Newbery Medal (most outstanding contribution to children’s literature):

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Honors:

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award (African-American author of outstanding books for children):

Honors:

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon


Schneider Family Book Award (children’s books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience):

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Honor:

The Collectors by Jacqueline West


Mildred L. Batchelder Award (outstanding international translated books):

Honor:

Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann and translated from the German by David Henry Wilson


Pura Belpré Awards (books by Latinx writers and illustrators that best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience):

Honor:

They Call Me Güero : a Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles


Stonewall Book Award (children’s books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience):

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Honor:

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


Asian/Pacific American Award (books that promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage):

Front Desk written by Kelly Yang

Honor:

The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio

The Sydney Taylor Book Award (books that authentically portray the Jewish experience):

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier


American Indian Youth Literature Award (best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians)

This award is announced in even years. The next announcement will be in 2020. Meanwhile, I recommend you read Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac.

Also, let’s not forget the 2018 National Book Award Finalists:

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson / Eugene Yelchin


The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis


Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka




Congratulations to all the winners, and happy reading to us!

“Coffee is a hug in a mug.” –Anonymous

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