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Children's and YA literature reviews.

Two books I reviewed in 2009 won awards at this weekend’s ALA Midwinter conference! I recommend reading both of them, they’re great historical books for children.

2010 Sibert Medal Winner

From Ala.org:  “The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.”

Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone.  The story of the Mercury 13, a group of women who trained to go into space, only to be stopped from following through with the mission, even after enduring rigorous tests.   From my July 2009 review : “Almost Astronauts is an important book, not only for the rich and relatively unknown history it contains, but as a reflection of how far we’ve come in women’s rights.”

You can also read my 2007 interview with the author.  Visit her website at TanyaLeeStone.com

The Corretta Scott King Book Awards

From Ala.org: “Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.”

Bad News for Outlaws – The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.  Bass Reeves was a highly-respected outlaw with more than 3,000 arrests.  In my October 2009 review, I called it “arresting” “history-rich.”

You can find some tie-in material for the book on the publisher’s website.

Read a list of all the ALA winners, including Caldecott and Newberry at Ala.org.

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