American Library Association Gives EL DEAFO, THIS ONE SUMMER Top Honors

At its annual Midwinter meeting in Chicago on February 2, 2015, the American Library Association awarded 3 of its highest, most prestigious honors to 2 graphic novels. El Deafo by CeCe Bell was awarded a Newbury Honor for outstanding contribution to children’s literature, while This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki received both a Caldecott Honor and a Printz Honor.

El Deafo, a memoir of Bell’s childhood struggles with hearing loss, is the first graphic novel to receive a Newbury Honor; the Newbury Medal is the highest award in Children’s Literature. This One Summer, a tale of two friends at a lake during a turbulent summer, is the first Graphic Novel to receive a Caldecott Honor; the Caldecott Medal awards the best picture book for children published the previous year. It is also the second graphic novel to be listed for the Printz, which awards the best young adult literature. Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese won the Printz Award in 2007.

In a joint statement reported by Robot 6, the Tamakis, who are cousins, said “It’s an incredible thrill to be recognized by the ALA, and by librarians in general, who pretty much run the show as far as we are concerned…We are grateful for the many communities that have supported this book, which was inspired by the amazingness of young people. Thank you librarians, thank you comic book readers, publishers and makers.”


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Source: Robot 6


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Categories: Books, Comic News

Author:Tom Speelman

A lifetime of reading comics and watching television has left Tom with an inexhaustible supply of pop culture knowledge from the obvious to the obscure. Rather than keep it all in his brain for use at parties, Tom turned to writing a few years ago to help him share that knowledge with as many people as are remotely interested. Tom writes for several websites including The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, Loser City and others. For even further rambling, follow him on Twitter @tomtificate.

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