Why Is No One Discussing the Coretta Scott King Award?
Mock Newbery Awards are a dime a dozen. Mock Caldecotts litter the streets. But Mock Coretta Scott King Awards... well they're a rare beastie. I never served on one myself, and the only one I've seen online were the results coming from the blog Born Librarians. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that the Kansas City librarians are putting everyone else to shame. I know in my heart of hearts that there must be other Mock Coretta Scott King Awards out there, but where? Where?
Author Kyra Hicks was the person to bring my attention to this peculiar gap in our librarian Mocks. Unlike the Pura Belpre Awards, the Coretta Scott Kings come out every year. 2007 will be no exception. So what about it people? Do you have any top picks? Remember, it is described as being, "given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream." I've some pet creations of my own in mind all right.
By the way, Ms. Hicks also has a blog called Black Threads that I recommend you check out. It's described as, "Explorations in African American Quilting, Quilt History, Fabrics and other Fanciful Topics," and it's really lovely.