The 32nd Annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners were announced yesterday. The annual award recognizes "a writer and an illustrator early in their careers for their outstanding work." You can read the full press release here.
This year's committee selected several exceptional titles that you should most certainly read. I would like to extend a special congratulations to the honorees who have also shared their works on The Children's Book Podcast. I've included their episodes below in case you want to hear the stories behind the books.
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winner for New Author Derrick Barnes and Honor Award winner for New Illustrator Gordon C. James share CROWN: AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT (Episode 424)
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winner for New Illustrator Evan Turk shares MUDDY with author Michael Mahin (Episode 388)
Honor Award winner for New Writer Elaine Magliaro shares THINGS TO DO (Episode 325)
Honor Award winner for New Writer Jessixa Bagley shares LAUNDRY DAY (Episode 367)
Honor Award winner for New Writer Bao Phi shares A DIFFERENT POND (Episode 405)