Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table

Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Jerry Craft, author of “New Kid,” and Kadir Nelson, illustrator of “The Undefeated,” are the winners of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Author, Alicia D. Williams of “Genesis Begins Again,” and Illustrator April Harrison of “What Comes from the Heart,” are the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent winners. The awards were announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, held Jan.

Mildred D. Taylor 2020 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

PHILADELPHIA–Mildred D. Taylor, is the recipient of the 2020 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 24 – 28, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“For over four decades Mildred D. Taylor’s books have provided much needed diversity in children’s literature in powerful, accessible works exploring themes of family and racism,” said Award Committee Chair Ida W. Thompson.

Applications for 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant open

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. Every year, in the process of choosing the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honor books, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association receives multiple copies of approximately 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators

Nominations open for 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

CHICAGO - The Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association seeks nominations for the 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award. 

The David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award recognizes recent articles that include significant new research related to the understanding and promotion of multiculturalism in libraries in North America.  Works published between January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019 are eligible. The 2020 award application deadline is January 3, 2020. 

Coretta Scott King Book Award Breakfast celebrated at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience at the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast. The 2019 Awards Breakfast will be held from 7 – 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 in the Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon during ALA’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

2019 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants announced

CHICAGO – The Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (Illinois), Main Street Academy (North Carolina) and the NIA Community Services Network (New York) have been selected to receive books as part of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant program.

Claire Hartfield, Ekua Holmes win 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

SEATTLE – Claire Hartfield, author of “A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” and Ekua Holmes, illustrator of “The Stuff of Stars,” are the winners of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Tiffany D. Jackson, author of “Monday’s Not Coming,” and Oge Mora, illustrator of “Thank You, Omu!” are the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent winners. The awards were announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, held Jan.

American Library Association announces 2019 youth media award winners

SEATTLE  — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

A list of all the 2019 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

“Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” written by Meg Medina, is the 2019 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.

Dr. Clara Chu receives 2019 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Clara M. Chu, director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, is the recipient of the 2019 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. The Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards in 2019

CHICAGO – Libraries, schools and civic organizations across the country and world will host a variety of celebrations to observe the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Given annually since 1969, the awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.