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The annual American Library Association (ALA) book awards were doled out yesterday, and, for those of you who missed the award show, the big winner was…. comics! For the first time, a comic — El Deafo by Cece Bell — garnered a Newbery. In addition, This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki received recognition from both the Caldecott and Printz committees. Last but not least, Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust received a Batchelder Honor.
On one hand, I am thrilled that three ALA committees recognized the power and merit of comics as a medium for telling stories. I have not read This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. But, both El Deafo and Hidden illustrate how effectively words and text can be used to tell moving, sophisticated stories.
On the other hand, this year’s awards have left me feeling more strongly than before that the American Library Association (ALA)…
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