Monday, February 14, 2011

More Good Things for Beach Tail and Sangoel!

It is an honor to have one of my books associated with Charlotte Zolotow. I grew up with her in my writing life. A Beach Tail has been selected as a Highly Commended this year.

The 2011 Zolotow Award committee also cited six titles as Highly
Commended: "A Beach Tail," written by Karen Lynn Williams and
illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Boyds Mills Press); "Chavela and the Magic
Bubble," written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Magaly Morales
(Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); "I Am a Backhoe," written
and illustrated by Anna Grossnickle Hines (Tricycle Press / Crown
Publishing Group / Random House Children’s Books); "Little Black Crow,"
written and illustrated by Chris Raschka (Atheneum / Simon & Schuster);
"My Garden," written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow /
HarperCollins); and "Willoughby & the Moon," written and illustrated by
Greg Foley (Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins).

Established in 1998, the Charlotte Zolotow Award honors the work of
Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years
with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books,
including such classic works as "Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present,"
(Harper, 1962) and "William's Doll" (Harper, 1972). Ms. Zolotow attended
the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from
1933 to 1936, where she studied with Professor Helen C. White. The award
is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book for children
in the birth through seven age range published in the United States in
the preceding year.

Children's Africanan Book Awards
And My Name is Sangoel is listed in the Anansi collection of Picture books by CABA -Children's Africana Book Awards.

Sangoel is also featured in a poster of postcards of Noteworthy books for children about Africa.

To celebrate the 20th year of the Children’s Africana Book Awards we are making special efforts to promote our favorite books nominated over the years that didn’t win our top awards.

The CABA Recommends 2010 post card introduces a new category Noteworthy 2010. I am pleased to inform you that My Name is Sangoel is featured here. The post cards will be widely distributed at conferences, bookseller and outreach events leading up to the 3-day celebration of the 2011 award ceremony and author events in November at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, the Library of Congress Young Readers Center and the annual meeting of the African Studies Association.

Our Website and Newsletter are also promoting our backlist of great books on Africa in The Anansi Collection of Picture Books and The Sankofa Collection of Chapter Books. You’ll find My Name is Sangoel again listed in the Anansi Collection.

Africa Access is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational association. Since 1989 we have been working to expand American perspectives on Africa. Our primary goal is to improve the selection and use of accurate, balanced materials on Africa in schools, public libraries, and other institutions that serve children. Africa Access provides consulting services for K-12 educators and writers who are creating materials on Africa. We help writers locate African Studies scholars who can evaluate manuscripts and provide important feedback and suggestions. Requests for consulting services should be sent to

Harriet McGuire
Media Relations & Marketing
Africa Access / Children's Africana Book Awards
703.549-8208 / if busy call 703.298-9759

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