Land of Cranes Wins Beatty Award: The Land of the Cranes, written by Aida Salazar and published by Scholastic Press, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award. “The Land of the Cranes is the beautifully-written and vitally important story of a family’s horrific experience of detention and deportation at the California-Mexico border as seen through the eyes of nine-year-old Betita Quintero. Told through both verse and simple yet powerful line drawings, Betita introduces readers to her loving family and joyful life in East Los Angeles”’ said Jill Harris, chair of the Beatty Award Committee.
Harris continued: “Aida Salazar lives and writes with her family in Oakland California. She was born in Mexico and grew up in Southeast Los Angeles. She is an author and arts activist whose work for adults and children explores issues of identity and social justice”. For more on the Beatty Award, check out: The John and Patricia Beatty Award – California Library Association (cla-net.org).