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Please Note: Speaker Series programming will be held virtually, via Zoom, for part of the 2023-2024 year.

This program is free to attend, and all guests are welcome. Registration is required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email, with information about how to access the meeting.

By registering to participate in a Guild-sponsored event, members and guests consent to abide by the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, Code of Conduct/Anti-Harassment Policy. Read the Code here.

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Angela Joy


Janelle Washington

February 16, 2023

1:00 p.m.

Zoom Program

Our February Children’s Book Guild Speaker Series Program will feature Angela Joy and Janelle Washington in conversation with Guild member Deborah Taylor. Angela and Janelle are the author and illustrator of Choosing Brave, the 2023 winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature in the Younger Readers Category. Their book is also a Jane Addams Book Award Winner, and an Orbits Picture Honor Book.

Angela Joy is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before graduating from the University of Minnesota, Angela attended NYU and Spelman College. Angela then traveled as a background vocalist, also working in television and movie soundtracks. She lives in southern California with her family. Her picture books include Choosing Brave and Black Is a Rainbow Color.

Janelle Washington is a self-taught paper cut artist from Virginia. She has permanent silhouettes housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Downing-Gross Community Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia. She is also a member of The Guild of American Papercutters. Choosing Brave is her first picture book.

Please join us as we discuss Angela and Janelle’s award winning book that Publisher’s Weekly describes as “an extraordinary volume, Joy’s cadenced prose and Washington’s dimensional cut-paper artwork portray Mamie Till-Mobley’s (1921–2003) life." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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