Freedom in Congo Square takes home Caldecott & King Illustration Honors!
This Tuesday, January 24, marked the end of this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. We are so proud to announce that Mr. Christie won both a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustration work in Freedom in Congo Square.
Anyone unfamiliar with these accolades might ask, “Now what’s a Caldecott again? Who is eligible for these?” You can learn more about both Awards and Honors below:
The Randolph Caldecott Medal
Per the Association for Library Service to Children’s website, “The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” This year, Freedom in Congo Square was chosen as one of four Caldecott Honor Books.
The Coretta Scott King Book Award
The American Library Association website describes the Coretta Scott King Book Award, which “commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.” The Awards are given annually to “outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”
This year, Freedom in Congo Square was selected as one of three King Illustrator Honor Books. This is Mr. Christie’s third King Illustrator Honor Award (including Brothers in Hope by Mary Williams, 2006, The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2016 and Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, 2017), and his fifth time contributing to a Coretta Scott King Award winning book (including Author Honor Book, Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2010 and Author Award winner, No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2013).