The 2nd Annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award goes to author/illustrator Dan Santat for his book After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). This award is given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney.
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#NeverAgain –– a new book set to release in June by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor David Hogg and his sister Lauren. The book, published by Random House, will be an “in depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement that arose” (Random House) after the shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school. The Hoggs plan to donate all proceeds to the Parkland community.
Green Earth Book Award winners were announced today. Among the winners, Margarita Engle’s Forest World (Simon and Schuster) and Patricia Newman’s Sea Otter Heroes: the Predators That Saved an Ecosystem. (Millbrook Press) The award recognizes books that convey environmental stewardship. You can see a full list of winners here.
The State of America’s Libraries is good. The ALA has released its annual report, full of numbers that tell the story of our strong relationship with our libraries. One interesting trend comes from this companion survey from OCLC about voters’ perceptions of the importance of libraries: “55% of voters view libraries as an essential local institution.” Also interesting: ALA tracked 354 challenges to library material because of objections to content.