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The first book for teenagers by novelist Angeline Boulley, Daughter of the Fire Keeperwon several awards from the American Library Association this year.

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Some children’s book authors have won lesser-known but still prestigious awards: NPR

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The first book for teenagers by novelist Angeline Boulley, Daughter of the Fire Keeperwon several awards from the American Library Association this year.

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Angeline Boulley did not win a Newbery or Caldecott Medal this year from the American Library Association.

These are the two oldest and undoubtedly the most prestigious prizes in children’s literature. But they are among the 22 awards the ALA presented this week to children’s books, and a few names kept coming up during the ceremony, including Boulley.

A registered member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Boulley received the American Indian Youth Indian Awards for her novel YA Daughter of the Fire Keeper. It won the William C. Morris Award for a First Book by a Beginning Author Writing for Teenagers and the Michael L. Printz Award for Outstanding Literature Written for Young Adults. These are three important rewards.

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The cover of Firekeeper’s Daughter, which won several awards this year from the American Library Association.

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The cover of Firekeeper’s Daughter, which won several awards this year from the American Library Association.

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Author Malinda Lo was only a finalist for the Printz Prize, but please don’t feel too sorry for her. His novel YA Last night at the Telegraph Club had previously won a National Book Award; the ALA awarded it the Children’s Literature Award for Asian/Pacific American Literature Award as well as the Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award for books for young adults related to the experience LGBT.

“I belong to both of these communities, so I’m extremely honored,” Lo told NPR, beaming during a call via Zoom.

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Malinda Lo racked up awards for her novel YA, Last night at the Telegraph Club.

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But the book for young people that received the most recognition from the American Library Association this year is called Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. Author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper each won a Coretta Scott King award this year. Unspeakable was also a Caldecott Book of Honor and a finalist for the Robert F. Sibert Information Book Medal.

Author Carole Boston Weatherford describes her book Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

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“For me, the biggest reward comes in the form of a question,” Weatherford told NPR. She says that when children are interested in her book, they always ask her the same things. “Did this really happen. Or, why did this happen? Why did white people treat black people so unfairly? Why were they so hateful?”

A children’s book about the Tulsa Race Massacre could be banned in a number of states these days, Weatherford warns, because some lawmakers may consider it “critical race theory.” She says she would have loved to celebrate with her collaborator Floyd Cooper, but the acclaimed illustrator didn’t live to see his most recent string of honors. Cooper died in July of cancer at the age of 65.

Some children’s book authors have won lesser-known but still prestigious awards: NPR

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