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Tonya Bolden Named 2016 Nonfiction Award Recipient

Tonya Bolden by Hayden R. Celestin
Tonya Bolden 
by Hayden R. Celestin

It is with great pleasure that the 2016 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee announces the selection of noted and prolific author Tonya Bolden as the award's next recipient. The Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award is presented annually to an author for a body of work that has “contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.”

Bolden has created works of nonfiction that appeal to children and young adults, both in her topics and her accessible writing style. Ms. Bolden has written twenty-seven books, many of which represent the African-American experience. Her topics include the Emancipation Proclamation, Muhammad Ali, W.E.B. DuBois, as well as little known African-Americans of note, as in Searching for Sarah Rector and Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl. “What serendipity that her latest book is set in our own backyard” said committee chair Joan Kindig about Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s Capital. “It was meant to be!”

The Champ: The Story of Muhammad AliM.L.K.: Journey of a KingMaritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl

Committee members included Guild members Joan Kindig, professor, James Madison University (chair); Katy Kelly, author; Jewell Stoddard, children’s literature specialist; and Kathie Meizner, librarian, Montgomery County Public Libraries (chair emeritus).

The event honoring Bolden will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Clyde’s Restaurant of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington D.C. It will include lunch and a presentation by the author followed by a book sale and signing. Tickets will be available for purchase starting in January 2016.

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Kwame Alexander with young fans

Kwame Alexander with young fans

Deborah D. TaylorDeborah Taylor has won the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The ALA announcement of the award notes, "Taylor’s career in public service began more than 40 years ago with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she is currently coordinator of School and Student Services. Her career has been spent as mentor, educator and literacy advocate for young adults. As an inspiring young adult librarian, leader in national associations and university instructor, she has been distinctly effective in introducing young people and her professional colleagues to the outstanding work of African American authors."
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