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New Honors/Upcoming Books


Congrats to Carter G. Woodson Book Award and Honor Winners

Vanessa Brantley-Newton's The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson, and Carole Weatherford's Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, illustrated by Eric Velasquez.



Alan Gratz's Code of Honor has won the 2017-2018 South Carolina Junior Book Award.




Vanessa Brantley-Newton's The Youngest Marcher and Carole Weatherford's Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library were named

ALSC 2018 Notable Children's Books along with multiple award winner Crown, An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes.




Crown, An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James earned a quartet of honors at the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards: a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book award for Barnes, a 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book award for James, and both a Randolph Caldecott Honor medal and a John Newbery Honor medal as well. These four honors came on the heels of Barnes' 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Author Award win. Crown was also named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post, PW, Kirkus, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, the Horn Book Magazine, the News & Observer, Bookpage, the Chicago Public Library and others.




Vanessa Brantley-Newton was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Literary Work Children’s category, for her illustrations in The Youngest Marcher, The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson.




Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Weatherford and illustrated by Eric Velasquez was voted the 2018 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award winner in the non-fiction for younger readers category.




Refugee by Alan Gratz has won the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Older Readers category.



Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Weatherford and illustrated by Eric Velasquez has won the 2018 Walter Dean Myers Award in the Young Readers category.



Crown, An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon James and Refugee by Alan Gratz are PW Best Books of 2017.




Two short films based on Jacqueline Ogburn's picture books Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning and The Bakeshop Ghost will be featured at the Louisville International Film Festival. Click on the images for info.




Scholastic Scope Magazine's September issue features Eleanora E. Tate's story Into the Storm, a version of an original short story Big Things Come in Small Packages from her story collection Don't Split the Pole: Tales of Down-Home Folk Wisdom. (Story art: Shane Rebenschied)




WINC grieves the passing of WINC emerita Luli Gray on August 16. 


Alan Gratz and his newest book Refugee are featured in the Horn Book's September Talks with Roger and in related August articles in the New York Times Books section here and here. Also, check out Alan's post about his other new book, Ban This Book, on John Scalzi's blog.




Monika Schröder's Be Light Like a Bird and Alan Gratz's Projekt 1065 are nominees for the NC School Library Media Association Youth Book Award 2017-2018.




Barbara O'Connor's, Wish, has won the SCBWI 2017 Crystal Kite Award for the SouthEast Division.


Carole Weatherford's Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, has been named a 2017 Caldecott Honor Book as well as a 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.


Weatherford and Freedom in Congo Square also won the 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award. She is the twentieth winner of this annual award, given for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in Madison, Wisconsin.




Many of us were proud signatories of this Declaration against bigotry and in support of children and literature created by WINC members Kelly Starling Lyons, Tameka Fryer Brown, and the other inspiring authors at The Brown Bookshelf, noted on HuffPost and in The Guardian and in SLJ, among others. The accompanying Illustration, below, is by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.



Alan Gratz's Projekt 1065, Megan Shepherd's The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, and Carole Weatherford's Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, as well as You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, illustrated by Jeffery Weatherford were named Kirkus Best Books of 2016.




Freedom in Congo Square, by Carole Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie is an 2017 ALA Notable Book, a 2016 Washington Post Best Book for Children and Young Adults, an SLJ Best Nonfiction Book of 2016 and a Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2016. Freedom and You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, illustrated by Jeffery Weatherford, both made the 2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids list. You Can Flywas also named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young people by the Children's Book Council and the National Council for Social Studies.




The 2016 AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature was presented to Sheila Turnage at the NC Literary and Historical Association Meeting for her book, The Odds of Getting Even.


Three NC artists and activists - Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Blaine Way, and Glen Warren - discussed how positive images of black fathers are crucial in this time on PBS's Black Issues Forum.

Monika Schröder talks with Horn Book editor-in-chief Roger Sutton and to SLJ, here, about her new book Be Light Like a Bird.




The exhibition Patchwork North America: Paintings by Virginia Wright-Frierson has been extended to September 11, 2016 at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.



WINC authors Kelly Starling Lyons (r), Barbara O'Connor and Monika Schröder (l/c, l/r) at ALA 2016 Orlando.




Carole Weatherford's Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hammer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illus. by Ekua Holmes, won a 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award in the nonfiction category.


Carole Weatherford's Sugar Hill: Harlems Historic Neighborhood, illus. by R Gregory Christie, won the Arnold Adoff Honor Poetry Award, given at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature at Kent State.




Alan Gratz's Prisoner B-3087 received the 2016 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award in the Middle School category.


A film of Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth starring Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams is set to begin shooting in Romania in 2017.


J.J. Johnson's Believarexic and Alan Gratz's Code of Honor made the 2016 ILA Young Adult's Choices Reading List. Believarexic has also been nominated for The Keystone to Reading Readers' Choice Award.




Prix Farniente has announced that J.J. Johnson's book Cette fille est différente (This Girl is Different) won for 2016 in the 17 years and up category.




Many WINC members signed an Open Letter to NC Governor McCrory and the NC General Assembly calling for the immediate repeal of NC HB2. That letter was featured in Shelf Awareness and mentioned in a New York Times op ed.



Alan Gratz's Prisoner B-3087 won the South Carolina 2015-16 Junior Book Award.


Carole Weatherford's Gordon Parks, How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, illustrated by Jamie Christoph won the 2016 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work - Children category.




Julie Fortenberry's Sadie and Ori and the Blue Blanket, written by Jamie Korngold, was named a 2016 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Young Readers.



Trifecta! Carole Weatherford's Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hammer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes was awarded a 2016 Caldecott Honor Medal, a 2016 Sibert Honor Award, and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for illustrator Ekua Holmes.




A number of WINC authors with new or upcoming titles can be found on The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Book Launch Party. Check out Alan Gratz, Kelly Starling Lyons, and Joan Holub's pages on the SCBWI site.

Carole Weatherford's Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hammer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, has received a Parent's Choice Gold Award.


Wake County Public Libraries and the North Carolina Museum of History will honor WINC's Eleanora E. Tate with a series of programs on her work. This year marks milestone anniversaries for three of her acclaimed titles: African American Musicians turned 15. Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. turned 25. Just An Overnight Guest turned 35.


WINC welcomes new members Derrick Barnes and Megan Bryant.

WINC was well represented at SIBA this year. Carrie Ryan joined the pictured Alan Gratz, J. J. Johnson, and Joan Holub.


WINC welcomes new member Barbara O'Connor. Her middle grade novel, WISH, comes out with FSG in Fall 2016.


Sheila Turnage's third Mo & Dale Mystery, The Odds of Getting Even, has two starred reviews (so far) from Kirkus and Booklist and a glowing thumbs up from SLJ. It's a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Scholastic Book Club book. The first in the series, Three Times Lucky, was a Newbery Honor book in 2013.


Game of  Thrones star Maisie Williams has been cast to star in a movie adaptation of Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Alan Gratz's The League of Seven is the winner of the 2015 SIBA Young Adult Book Award.


Carole Weatherford and Vanessa Brantley-Newton discussed "the importance of diverse characters and subjects, how to use books to talk with children about difficult social issues and the real gatekeeping and institutional challenges African Americans face in publishing" on PBS Video.

Highlights Hello magazine has honored Vanessa Brantley-Newton for her December 2014 issue cover illustration, which was named Cover of the Year by the editorial, art and production staff.

Eileen Heyes graduated from NCSU with a master's in English, with a concentration in British and American literature.

Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton's The Hula-Hoopin' Queen, written by Thelma Lynne Godin, was named a Highly Commended title by the 2015 Charlotte Zolotow Committee.

WINC mourns the loss of our colleague Bonnie Christensen on January 12: Mahnaz Dar's obituary in School Library Journal.

Carole Weatherford's Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century, illustrated by Raúl Colón, has (so far) earned four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklinks, and Shelf Awareness.


Read the latest 2014-2015 news about WINC's Joan Holub on her new WINC page.

Watch Allan Wolf's entertaining Poetry Palooza Promo here or on his WINC Page.

Clay Carmichael's Wild Things was published in Italian as Creature Selvatiche by San Paolo.


WINC-member Bank Street College Best Children's Books/2014: Dig, Scoop, Ka-boom! by Joan Holub , illus. by David Gordon; Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her by Amy Novesky, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton and We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown, illus. by Shane W. Evans; Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz; and Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael.

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton has won a 2014 Jane Addams Children's Book Honor Award in the Books for Younger Children category.


WINC welcomes new members Megan Shepherd and Julie Fortenberry. Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter won the 2014 NCSLMA YA Book Award.


Kelly Starling Lyons Hope's Gift, illustrated by Don Tate, and her Tea Cakes for Tosh, illustrated by Earl B. Lewis, have won 2014 Storytelling World Resource Awards.

Tameka Fryer Brown and Vanessa Brantley-Newton reading at Quail Ridge Books on 2/18/14.



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New & Upcoming Books, CDs & Publications


Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd



Wonderland, by Barbara O'Connor



Drive by Joyce Moyer Hostetter



Grandma's Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton



The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage



Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You, by Carole Weatherford, illus. by James E. Ransome

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace, by Carole Weatherford, illus. by Frank Morrison






Glow by Megan Bryant



In Your Hands, by Carole Weatherford, illus. by Brian Pinkney

Schomburg, by Carole Weatherford, illus. by Eric Velasquez

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, by Carole Weatherford, art by E. Zunon

Dorothea Lange, by Carole Weatherford, pictures by Sarah Green




Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill



Refugee by Alan Gratz

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz




Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf



Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn, illustrated by Rebecca Green



Bear at the Beach and Other Adventures by Clay Carmichael



Jada Jones, Rock Star and Jada Jones, Class Act by Kelly Starling Lyons, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton




Nyx the Mysterious by Joan Holub, illus. by Suzanne Williams

Vampoodle by Joan Holub, illus. by Tim Bowers

Tool School by Joan Holub, illus. by James Dean

This Little Trailblazer by Joan Holub, illus. by Daniel Roode

Medea the Enchantress by Joan Holub, illus. by Suzanne Williams



The Youngest Marcher by C. Levinson, illus. by V. Brantley-Newton

Like Vanessa, by Tami Charles, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner, illus. by V. Brantley-Newton

A Night Out with Mama, by Quvenzhané Wallis, illus. by V. Brantley-Newton




Lord of Monsters by John Claude Bemis



Sam the Man and the Rutabaga Plan by Francis O'Roark Dowell



Shadows of the Lost Sun by Carrie Ryan and John Park Davis



Star Wars Rebel Rising by Beth Revis

Paper Hearts Workbook by Beth Revis




Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall 2016

Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


Calliope the Muse by Joan Holub, illustrated by Suzanne Williams

Pallas the Pal by Joan Holub, illustrated by Suzanne Williams


The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd


The Hunt by Megan Shepherd



Aim by Joyce Moyer Hostetter



Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder



Wish, by Barbara O'Connor



Freedom in Congo Square, by Carole Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie



The Language of Stars by Louise Hawes

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz


Monster War by Alan Gratz

Trouble on the Water by Francis O'Roark Dowell

Out of a Baton by John Claude Bemis


A World Without You by Beth Revis

One More Dino on the Floor by Kelly Starling Lyons

Dump Truck Duck by Megan Bryant

My Snow Globe by Megan Bryant





Spring/Summer/Fall 2015


I Have Plans For You by A. Parker, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

Sara and Ori and the Blue Blanket by Jamie Korngold, illustrated by Julie Fortenberry

Believarexic by Jj Johnson

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan and John Park Davies

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Leontyne Price, by Carole Weatherford, illustrated by Raúl Colón

Gordon Parks, by Carole Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer, by Carole Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes


The Dragon Lantern by Alan Gratz, illustrated by Brett Helquist

Katie Fry Private Eye by Katherine Cox, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Make a Wish, Midas! and Brush Your Hair, Medusa! by Joan Holub


Paper Hearts books on Writing, Publishing and Marketing by Beth Revis



Winter/Spring/Fall 2014

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Park Davies

Darkest Fear (Birthright) by Cate Tiernan

The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Hero of the Five Points by Alan Gratz

Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Hula-Hoopin' Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), Be Patient, Pandora! Play Nice, Hercules! (illustrated by Leslie Patricelli), Athena the Proud, Iris the Colorful, Aphrodite the Fair and What Was the Statue of Liberty?, among others, all by Joan Holub


Anybody Shining by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Things I'll Never Say by Louise Hawes and others


The Artist and the King by Julie Fortenberry

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

Sugar Hill, by Carole Weatherford and illustrated by Gregory Christie.

The League of Seven by Alan Gratz, illustrated by Brett Helquist


Winter/Spring/Summer 2013

The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away by Frances O'Roark Dowell

A Tureen of  Tales by Donna Washington

AFRICA by Carole Boston Weatherford and designed by Jeffery Weatherford

Shades of Earth  by Beth Revis

Shadow on the Sun by David Macinnis Gill

Rising Sun by David Macinnis Gill (ebook only)


Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, Jack Gruner and Ruth Gruner

Mister and Lady Day by  Amy Novesky, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

We Shall Overcome by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


What Was the First Thanksgiving? by Joan Holub

What Was the Gold Rush? by Joan Holub, illustrated by Tim Tomkinson

Goddess Girls/Pheme the Gossip by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls/Persephone the Daring by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams


Heroes In Training/Hades and the Helm of Darkness by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Craig Phillips

Heroes In Training/Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Craig Phillips

Blue Autumn and Winter's Tide by Lisa Williams Kline


The Watch That Ends the Night (paper) by Allan Wolf

Snapshot Poetry Writing: 20 High Impact Clinics that Help Students Read, Write and Think Across the Curriculum by Holbrook, Salinger, Luedeke; with poems by Allan Wolf

Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael

Flora and the Runaway Rooster by John Claude Bemis (for Heifer International)



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