Debbie Dadey, Children's Author

Issue # 101 - February 2017 


Children's books are alive and well in the United States. Just check out the books that won the ALA's most prestigious awards!
Newbery: "The Girl Who Drank the Moon," written by Kelly Barnhill
Caldecott: "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat," illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Corretta Scott King (Author) Book Award: "March: Book Three," written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat," illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
Michael L. Printz Award: "March: Book Three," created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Schneider Family Book Award: "Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille," written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award: Nikki Grimes
Margaret A. Edwards Award: Sarah Dessen
Odyssey Award: "Anna and the Swallow Man," produced by Listening Library and written by Gavriel Savit
Pura Belpré Awards: "Lowriders to the Center of the Earth," illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: "March: Book Three," written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell
Stonewall Book Award:
"Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor," written by Rick Riordan
and
"If I Was Your Girl" written by Meredith Russo
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: "We Are Growing: A Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book," written by Laurie Keller

Girls Read Tour!
So much emphasis is placed on making sure boys are reading that girls are often shuffled to the side. That's why I'm taking part in a Girls Read Tour. It starts this spring with the first stop in the beloved Fort Thomas, KY independent bookstore, Blue Marble Books. I am giving away a school visit to the school that sends the most students to any booksigning in Kentucky that weekend. We will be keeping track through sales. Gail Nall, Stephanie Faris, and I will be making stops in Fort Thomas, Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Lexington.
 
February Skypes:
 
I'll be doing Skypes on Feb. 16th (WRAD). I still have a few slots open if you are interested. I can do Facetime as well. Contact me here . Here are some more ways to celebrate (activity packet) WRAD (World Read Aloud Day). 
                
         My favorites from Social Media this month:                            
    Thanks for reading to the end, click here to win a free book-I will give away five Mermaid Tales! Make sure to give your address. Someone never responded to my request for an address and I was never able to send one of the framed covers from last month. Not sure what to do about that! Have a great month, Debbie